"The project's made me realise what I can do rather than focus on what I can't."
We piloted the programme in four areas across Wales and found that:
of participants experienced an increase in their wellbeing. 78% continued to experience improved wellbeing three months after the end of the course.
of participants increased their social connections. This increased to 74% at the three month follow up.
improved their coping skills and felt more able to solve problems. This rose to 68% at the three month follow up.
In 2018 My Generation ran in every local health board area in Wales.
Each session is two hours. In the first hour we cover topics such as coping with loss, relaxation and mindfulness, problem solving and stress management. In the second half of the session we do an activity which can be anything from gentle exercise to a history talk.
You'll also have the chance to learn about other projects in your areas that could help you, and find out how you can help others.
"The format was good with time for us all to talk about ourselves and the effect we were having on our family and friends – talking about problems, feelings, loss and stress."
- David, course participant from Newport
There are 16 local Minds currently running My Generation in Wales, including:
Contact your local mind for more information about how to take part.
My Generation is a joint project between Mind Cymru, and local Minds in Wales to help people over 50 to stay well by improving their resilience. It was developed in partnership with Age Cymru and local Minds, and is funded by the Welsh Government.
Download our impact report to find out more about the learnings from this project.
I think everyone would benefit from attending My Generation as it introduces you to new activities. You learn new things, make new friends and have you the opportunity to talk.
I really enjoyed the course and feel it had a positive effect on my emotional health. Each week I would leave after the session feeling more positive and happier than I had felt before coming to the session that day.
It was good to have the space to talk as a group, share stories and experiences, listen to others, learn and support one another. I particularly enjoyed the physical activities, these were fun and age suitable. It's a good introduction to classes and projects that are running locally and we all wished the project could have run for longer than the eight weeks.
My experience with the project as a whole has helped me increase my confidence and has inspired me to look into setting up my own social group. This social group will potentially have an element of craft, social and physical activities. There is a lack of activities available in our local area so these groups are essential within the community.
Marje Holly, Rhydfelin