Mindfulness for Life


What is Mindfulness?

*Remembering to be here right now: focusing on the present moment.

*Noticing what is going on around us: the place, the people and what we are doing.

*Learning not to judge ourselves unkindly.

*Seeing things as they really are without being stuck in past experiences.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is known to help people cope with anxiety, stress, unhappiness or exhaustion. We wanted to make sure that people with learning disabilities or autism can benefit from mindfulness, by adapting the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

We wanted to find out how to support a group of people to include mindfulness practice into their daily lives. Our plan is to help people to be more resilient and less isolated.

We have created a 12 week course for people with learning disabilities or autism. People also meet in a weekly practice group to support each other and have fun while practising mindfulness.

The impact on people’s lives has gone way beyond what we had hoped. The group is still going strong, and its members are now champions for the benefits that mindfulness can bring to us all.

Now we have extended our partnership working with Your Voice Counts to bring Mindfulness for Life to more people across the North East.

Watch the Mindfulness Videos

Click here to the see the longer, more detailed version of the video too!

To find out more, contact

Kathy Steel and Gail Wright at Skills for People

tel: 0191 281 8737


email: info@skillsforpeople.org.uk