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Connected Minds Blandford

is a therapeutic programme based on a combination of gentle gymnastics and cognitive behavioural therapeutic techniques. The group is for 11-16 year olds who are struggling with school attendance due to their mental health. The aim is to increase confidence and social skills, provide coping strategies and peer support, and focus on the mental benefits of physical activity. 

Click to download the Connected Minds Client Referral Form
Click to download the Connected Minds Referral Criteria and Guidelines.


Thursdays 2-3pm during term time


Blandford Gymnastics Club
Unit 16/Uplands Pk, Blandford Forum DT11 7UZ

Who are we?

We are a group of gymnastics teachers and mental health specialists who have joined forces to work towards supporting your mental health through a gentle gymnastics and emotional learning programme. The sessions are fun and informal and will allow you to explore issues in a supportive, non judgemental space. There will be no more than 6 young people in the group at one time. You will be given a choice of activities and will be involved in the development of the programme. We are here to listen and offer support as you build new emotional skills and connect with others, supporting your journey back into education.

What can you expect from the Connected Minds group? 

The group begins with a welcome and a gentle warm up, with time to talk and share. Activities may include ball games, balance games, coordination activities, stretching, strengthening activities, flexibility games, focus activities and more. There will be time to talk and you will not be forced to do anything you are uncomfortable with doing. We take it at your own pace and you can participate as much or as little as you would like to. Over 6 weeks we will work through a therapeutic programme, helping you build your own emotional support toolkit and learn new skills along the way.


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