Over the past year, we have started facilitating the roll out of weekly Tai Chi & Qi Gong sessions in over 30 of our local parks. Initially, this was a small undertaking which responded to requests from just one or two of our Friends Groups who were keen to see their parks used for positive activities. However, such was the success of these sessions, that we decided to increase our time and efforts and seek funding for more sessions in more parks. As you can imagine, the logistics involved for our small team has been immense; as well as applying for the funding, managing the funding and arranging the tutors, we have also done what we do best and continued to work with Friends Groups to equip them with the skills and resources required for them to undertake their own arrangements to bring about activities in their parks. By empowering individual Friends Groups and developing their capacity, we can be sure that Birmingham has a network of open spaces which are not only fun, desirable places to be, but also have a special and protected place in the hearts and minds of our people.
Tai Chi & Qi Gong involve gentle exercise that combines breathing and relaxation with slow movements, proven to have benefits for both physical and mental health. No previous experience is necessary and it’s free – so why not give it a go?
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If you are interested in finding out more about the Tai Chi & Qi Gong sessions or any of our Friends of groups, please contact [email protected]