Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Pyramid at Anderston Programme for Wellbeing

The Pyramid is as a community space based in a truly unique building in the Anderston neighbourhood, near Glasgow’s City Centre. The building which offers multiple rooms and community halls is currently under renovation but that hasn’t prevented this busy hub from continuing to help serve the local community.

The small team running the Pyramid applied to the Glasgow Wellbeing Fund to support a number of projects they wished to run throughout the month. Their aim is to offer a welcoming and inclusive wellbeing programme with events and activities open to all but particularly aimed at those feeling isolated in the local community. In March 2022, the organisation was awarded £10,000 from the Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to support their many activities.

A particular example of this is their new ‘You Monday’ event, carefully tailored to adults to enjoy some pampering and the chance to chat with neighbours. You Monday sessions include a programme of options for people to get out the house and enjoy head massages, Reiki treatments, Mediation sessions, crafting and a communal space to enjoy tea and cakes with others.

These sessions, and others run at the Pyramid, also boast the chance to watch Community Kitchen Manager, Stuart, cook up a range of healthy, quick and inexpensive recipes. It’s an excellent opportunity for people to come along and learn how to cook cheering and tasty meals and inspire them to do the same at home.

Healthy Cooking Demonstrations  Wellbeing Sessions in the Pyramid  Sound Bathing

Knitting and crafting   Yoga at the Pyramid

Kate Drummond, Community Builder at The Pyramid at Anderston told us:

“We introduced our You Monday events as a way to bring people together – to have a chance to try out new therapies, take part in workshops and take some time out for themselves to recharge and relax. We try to offer a range of therapies and workshops at each event, and also to provide a social space with healthy snacks, herbal teas and a simple crafting activity where people can spend some time chatting. We have held two You Monday wellbeing days so far, and are planning our next event for Monday 11 July.”

The Pyramid team constantly evaluate their events and adapt the programme to suit. Recent feedback on their You Monday wellbeing sessions included:

“Sound bathing was a new experience for me. At first as I lay there listening to the random instruments I had a smile on my face as I thought ‘this is silly’. However, I began to switch off and stop thinking of my to-do list and actually lost track of time. Was disappointed it had ended as I was very relaxed at that point. Great experience. Thank you.”

“My parents attended this and after coming home they told me “this place was home away from home”. What a great feeling for a son who was worried how my parents will feel here with very less understanding of English.”

Find out more about Events at the Pyramid and ways to support the team on their website: The Pyramid at Anderston.

 

More about the Fund

The first phase of the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund saw a total of £2.7m granted to community wellbeing projects across Glasgow. Read more on our blog. The Scottish Government has also announced £15 million for second year of funding. Read more in their press release.


The Communities Health and Wellbeing fund in Glasgow was coordinated by Glasgow CVS with help from partners including: Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, Glasgow City HSCP, Glasgow City Council, North West Voluntary Sector Network, Voluntary Sector North East Glasgow, Voluntary Sector Voice, West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, Glasgow Disability Alliance, Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Life, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Equality Forum, LGBT Health Scotland.

Read other case studies on the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund GCVS