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Go For Green - Creative Groups

There is a growing body of evidence to support the link between creativity and physical and mental well being. Health All Round creative groups mainly run from Saughton Park conservatory, linking creativity with the natural world.

Creative activities can help us in many ways:

  • Expressing and managing emotions

  • Distracting us from stress and anxiety

  • Giving a sense of meaning and purpose

  • Giving a sense of achievement and self worth

  • Relaxing and enjoying the here and now

  • Improving our awareness of the world around us

  • Improving our awareness of natural beauty

  • Learning new skills

  • Discovering abilities and potential

  • Making friends


Write On!     

Our writing groups and workshops are suitable for absolute beginners or more experienced writers. There is no pressure to produce a finished piece and experimentation is encouraged. It's all about writing for the sheer pleasure of it. We usually meet in the beautiful Saughton Park conservatory with online groups from time to time.

Read On!

Books were a life saver for many people over lock down and reading can help us put aside our worries and escape to another world for a while. When you read a good book - isn't it great to talk about it with a friend - compare notes, share a laugh, or a tear? This monthly group will encourage you to try different kinds of books that you might not otherwise have thought of reading. If you are not currently a reader this is a great way to start. A small, friendly, on-line group, the books are provided by Health All Round so there is absolutely no cost attached.

Art for Health

We run a range of groups to help you explore the creative world with the help of professional artists. Absolute beginners or more experienced artists are welcome. There is no pressure to produce a masterpiece or even a finished piece. Itís all about: trying new things; experimenting with different materials and approaches; living in the moment and putting your worries and cares aside for a while.People who are experiencing chronic pain; low mood or anxiety may find these groups particularly helpful. 

Well done to Don and our Make Your Mark members for this beautiful and touching film, Amber's Journey, inspired by the a book by Oliver Jeffers called The Heart and the Bottle.

Accessing Creative Groups

To access our creative groups just drop-in any Tuesday between 10am and 2pm. It doesn't take long to register but you may have to wait so please allow 30-40 minutes for your visit. If you have to wait teas and coffees are available.There is no cost for any of these groups but donations are always appreciated.

Go for Green - Outdoors

Mother Nature has a lot to offer when it comes to health and well being. Research shows that being outdoors in the natural world can have a positive effect on:

  • Mood
  • Energy levels
  • Concentration
  • Recovery from illness
  • Blood Pressure
  • Sleep

Mens Green Shed

A social group for men aged 30+ with a focus on getting out and about after the long months of Covid. Based in Saughton Park, activities include:

  • Conservation
  • Gardening
  • Ecotherapy walks
  • Exploring the natural world in and around Edinburgh

Green Heart Park

A range of workshops and events running throughout the summer months from Saughton Park, below are just a few of the things on regular offer:

  • Yoga
  • Photography
  • Easel Painting
  • Poetry / Writing Workshops
  • Story telling workshops

Walk with a Doc : https://www.ed.ac.uk/local/news/health-all-round

Go for Green Outdoors

If you would like to join any of our Go for Green activities or help us with our community allotments, contact Pete@healthallround.org.uk / 07579 769378