Positive vibes during Feeling Good Festival

This year’s Feeling Good Festival has been hailed as a success by organisers thanks to support from local schools and members of the public.

Organised by Nexus Peterhead, Mental Health Aberdeen and Maud Village Trust with support from NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council, the week of free events were free to join and open to all.

Fiona Craigmyle of Nexus Peterhead had a free health check at the Wellbeing Fayre

Fiona Craigmyle of Nexus Peterhead had a free health check at the Wellbeing Fayre

A range of activities were held from Monday, May 12 to Friday, May 16 including outdoor walks and Conversation Cafes.

The week kicked off with a Conversation Cafe at The Hot Spot in Peterhead where members of the public could head along for a fly cup and a blether while taking a step towards feeling good.

On Tuesday, a Walk and Talk was held with participants starting off outside Nexus Peterhead on King Street and finishing at the Lido.

Maud Primary School pupils got involved with the festival on Wednesday as they joined the Feel Good Walk along the old Maud to Auchnagatt railway line.

Maud pupils head back to school after reaching their finish point

Maud pupils head back to school after reaching their finish point

Pupils talked, laughed and sang their way along the path and made the most of the glorious sunshine.

Back in Peterhead, mental health awareness training sessions were held at Buchanhaven Community Centre.

The festival continued in Maud on Thursday as a Conversation Cafe and Health Fayre was held at the Resource Centre.

There were various activites on the go for people to try including flower arranging, craft making and cupcake decorating.

Flower arranging was available at the Maud Resource Centre

Flower arranging was available at the Maud Resource Centre

There were also gym, meditation and qi gong taster sessions, and the Conversation Cafe proved to be very popular with visitors of all ages.

Meanwhile in Peterhead, an afternoon Tea Dance was held at the Buchanhaven Hearts Social Club for various clubs and groups.

In the evening, an exhibition of past history was held at the Landale Road Gardens and luckily the rain stayed away!

The Feeling Good Festival came to a close on Friday with a Wellbeing Fayre and Conversation Cafe at Peterhead’s Salvation Army Hall.

Free health checks were avalable by community nurses and there were a number of information stalls from organisations including Nexus, Mental Health Aberdeen, Signposting Project, CLAN, Northern Horizons, VSA, Childsmiles and Caring for Smiles, Companions Befriending and Healthy Helpings.

Healing Hands were there too offering reflexology and hand massages.

Speaking about the week, Fiona Craigmyle of Nexus Peterhead said: “It has been a very successful week, we have had a lot of people coming along to seek advice and we managed to pass on a lot of information.

“We are absolutely delighted with how it all went and hopefully we will manage to repeat the same success next year.”

She added: “We would like to thank Morrisons and Warburtons for donating the biscuits and pancakes.”