BOBS: being our best selves
Health + Creativity + Community = Wellbeing
Being our best selves (BOBS) began as a pilot project in 2019 aiming to support the physical and emotional wellbeing of the members of the band Delta 7 and their families and carers.
The BOBS pilot started in September 2019 and ran for 10 sessions over a period of nearly 4 months, ending in December 2019.
During this period, attendance at group sessions grew from 12 to 30 participants in total, some attending all sessions, others occasionally. The initial 12 comprised of the core members of Delta 7, support staff and carers. Additional participants were carers (both paid and unpaid) and friends, invited by members of Delta 7.
The objectives were set by members at the beginning of the pilot. These were to:
look and feel better
be more active
be healthier in terms of diet and physical activity
Each of the project sessions was structured to include elements of physical activity, social interaction and personal development.
The impact of the pilot sessions included:
Social benefits - a sense of inclusion and belonging
Physical health benefits – increased levels of activity
Mental health benefits – improved self-confidence and resilience
Based on successful strategies from the BOBS pilot, and with support from Eastbourne Town Council Disability Inclusion Fund, we are creating a series of resources which are available to all, to help people through the COVID-19 crisis.
"The feeling at the end of every BOBs group was complete and utter joy and excitement which is (in my experience) entirely unique amongst mental health improvement projects. I believe this was due to the combination of a completely trusting environment, a chance for people to discuss their successes in the exercises (mental and physical) set the week before, and a brilliantly fun workout section!”
Jessica Towner, BOBS pilot co-facilitator
"It hasn’t made my problems go away but I feel a bit stronger to deal with them"