Zennistoun Hub has been providing vital wellbeing services since the outbreak of Covid-19
A new charity that has helped support communities since lockdown will continue its vital services over the festive period.
Glasgow’s new pay it forward community health hub is supporting city's residents through this difficult winter with accessible online services to improve health and wellbeing.
Based in the heart of Dennistoun in Glasgow's East end, Zennistoun Hub is a Community Interest Company offering a unique combination of alternative and complementary therapies to improve health and wellbeing. It was founded by directors Clunie Phipps and Nadia Maloney, a local Dennistoun resident.
The hub believes everyone should have access to services that benefit their health and wellbeing, and offers pay what you can options and free places by referral or self-referral. Those that can pay the full fee are also paying towards funding free places for others.
The hub has a weekly schedule of online services that benefit physical and mental health. It offers meditation, art classes, pilates as well as stress management and relaxation online sessions.
Director and operations manager Nadia Maloney is excited to see the hub come to life. She said: “We’ve been running services throughout the pandemic and most of them are delivered live online so it means we can support the wellbeing of the community without having to leave our homes.
“This is now more important as we’re in winter, which is a difficult time anyway, but this year people are dealing with the pandemic and the effects of lockdown. Many people are struggling at the moment and many of the services and activities that people rely on haven’t been able to go ahead. It’s essential that we find new ways to keep active, healthy and social to prevent our physical and mental health deteriorating.
“So we are here to do our bit for the community and provide services to keep people going during this difficult time – with most of our services currently online, giving you the comfort and safety of your own home.
“It is our mission to make our services accessible to every person, regardless of barriers such as income. Our profits and funding create free spaces which anyone can access by referral or self-referral”.
Clunie added: “We want to offer a support package for the health and happiness of this community right now. And that is what these online classes will bring.”
“I have been running the guided meditation sessions on a Monday morning and it has been great to receive positive feedback and see the class benefiting people.
“We want to thank all our talented and creative volunteers who work hard to make the vision of our community health a hub a reality."