The Assembly House Trust is committed to supporting the arts to benefit the city of Norwich.
As part of this remit we have been working alongside Norwich University of the Arts Student Union to help support the welfare of students during their course.
“We recently contacted the Trust to ask for support to host our weekly student yoga sessions as our normal hall was unavailable for a few weeks. As a not-for-profit organisation, we were unable to fund an alternative venue ourselves meaning that we would have to cancel the sessions; doing so would affect our students’ welfare during a difficult time of year. As well as this, we needed a space that was big enough to fit a large groups of students, be comfortable enough to practice yoga and close enough to campus for students to walk to. This was difficult to find at short notice in the city centre but the Trust confirmed use of their Charitable Ballroom which we were very grateful for.
The sessions enabled our students to continue to develop their mindfulness and wellbeing during difficult periods of the term including final year hand-in. Without the support of the Trust our students would not have had access to their usual support resulting in increased stress and anxiety. The feedback from our students has been very positive; they enjoyed the facilities provided by the Trust as well as the opportunity to practice yoga in different surroundings to usual.
Hannah Linsdell & Hayley Carey
NUA Students Union