A POPULAR mental health project, Anxiety Café, has received funding which ensures its survival for a further two years.

Independent Arts has received funding to support the café from The People's Health Trust, which pledged two years' worth of funding from money raised through The Health Lottery in the South East.

The money will be used to continue the project. Anxiety Café offers people living with anxiety access to free creative sessions to help manage their condition using the arts.

Sessions include singing, textiles, movement, mindfulness, crafts and photography. Participants are encouraged to suggest ideas and themes for sessions.

Sessions are open to anyone who lives with anxiety and are held every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Newport Methodist Church Hall.

Project manager Hannah Griffiths said: "We are so pleased to have received this funding to continue our work at Anxiety Café using the arts to improve health.

"These sessions provide a lifeline for people living with mental health problems. As well as boosting their confidence to try new things it offers them a supportive environment to meet new people."

To find out more, contact Independent Arts on 01983 822437.

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