August 2021

Pilates with Jill

Jill Langley ran weekly pilates sessions on Zoom. Pilates is proven to improve strength and flexibility whilst helping to reduce stress and anxiety. These sessions were every Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening. These sessions have great feedback from our MINs, as can be seen below:

“Jill had a calming effect; even though the sessions were through zoom, she explained it all so perfectly.”

“I felt really strong after the session, and that feeling stayed with me for days after the session.”

“Jill is a fantastic Pilates instructor. I have noticed a massive improvement in my body, and it has influenced my mood as well.”

“I’ve been loving the Pilates sessions. I find them so relaxing and therapeutic. They help reduce my anxiety as I can completely switch off.”

Jane also has her own website where you can find out more information about her classes:


Haven ran two sessions with MIN on the 14th of August: one for 5-10 year olds and another for 11-16 year olds.

Haven has been established for over forty years and provides support and specialist services for children and young people affected by domestic abuse allowing them to engage and recover.

Summer Sale

Summer Sale!

MIN are held a Summer Sale at the Showroom Workstation on Saturday 17th July. We had been saving up our stock for a mega sale and were very excited to be able to bring it to you in person!

As part of the sale we hosted a raffle, the prizes included an afternoon tea for two voucher from RK cakes in Chapeltown; a washbag full of luxurious men's grooming products from Dapper Dan in Kelham Island; a hamper of candles inspired by the scents of Yorkshire and a bottle of French Tann Corbieres 2016 red wine.

June 2021

Space to Breathe

Andy Freeman from Space to Breathe runs peaceful, creative and interactive sessions looking at practical ways to build resilience.

This session was just for our Mins and took place on Thursday 17th June.

The NHS defines resilience as the ability to adapt to circumstances and continue to stay healthy. In our busy lives this is such a fantastic thing to learn and grow in. Andy uses art, music, stillness, conversation and some fun activities to help us explore the subject!

Stella Eden - Making Isolation Less Isolating

Virtual Afternoon tea at the Sofa- making isolation less isolating

Stella is an author, speaker and the founder of Stella’s Open Road Trip & events -helping women affected by domestic abuse to reclaim their power- their inner self. After 18 years of emotional, psychological, physical and economic abuse she found the strength and courage to leave.

During lockdown Stella invited women to join her in a virtual afternoon tea from the comfort of your own home. This took place on zoom and was a women only space for women affected by domestic abuse. Joining the Virtual Afternoon tea at the Sofa were different guest speakers (one new each week!) who provided tips, guidance, help and support.

Our founder and CEO, Laura Riley has attended several of these sessions and highly recommends them! "Having done a well-being session for our Mins back in 2017, I was super exited about this new project! With acupuncturist and crystal therapist Michelle as guest speaker, we spoke about the power of pressure points and acupuncture in relieving stress, how these techniques can reduce anxiety and help those who struggle to sleep."

Stella and her sessions are also very popular with our MIN's, with the following feedback being recieved:

"It was lovely seeing smiling faces. It was nice to do something for me”

“Stella is Brilliant. Pure motivation and inspiration to move on.”

“She is very positive and upbeat and encouraging. These sessions helped me loads”

“Stella is lovely! Her enthusiasm and positivity is catching”

Stella also has her own webpage where you can learn more about her and her Virtual Afternoon tea at the Sofa:

March 2021

Events on Narcissists

We have delivered our 3 sessions to our MINs on Narcissists by Dave Kneeshaw from BetterMinds, who has been working with us for 18 months!

The sessions we ran were:

Session 1: Characters adopted by narcissists, when they are used in the relationship and why they adopt them then

Session 2: Strategies to promote secure boundaries and deal with the characters that they adopt

Session 3: Narcissists and characters they adopt Q and A plus related tools

For more information on BetterMinds and their work please go to

Q&A with Keebles

On the 25th of March we are holding a Q&A with a partner from Keebles, Joe Bartlett, covering the family courts.

Keebles are experts in all areas of Family Law. Joe has over 20 years of experience in Family Law and will be taking questions on:

  1. Children's issues between parents - contact, residence, parental responsibility

  2. Court Proceedings - What powers do courts have? What can courts do?

  3. The abusive ex - Can I get an injunction?

  4. Child Maintenance.

Joe also specialises in Divorce/seperation and the financial implications of this. He will answer questions if time allows.

January 2021

Eat, Nourish, Live with Hannah Bailey

On the 12th January 2021, Hannah Bailey will be holding an Eat, Nourish, Live workshop for our MINs.

Hannah is a nutritional therapist who is passionate about whole foods, and the use of food to improve health, with a particular focus on gut health and women's health.

A balanced diet and approach to food is integral to our wellbeing, and therefore we are very excited for Hannah to hold her first workshop with our MINs.

For more information about the work Hannah does, please visit her website at

MINs Christmas Party 2020

On the 11th December MIN held a virtual Christmas Party for all of our trustees, staff and volunteers. Despite this year being a tough one for everyone, we were determined to end it with a bit of sparkle and cheer.

We also had 2 very special guests at that party who held some amazing talks and events for us, the first of whom was Deb Lenard. Deb works for Tropic Skincare, and provided some amazing packs of natural and cruelty free skincare for our MINs this year.

Kerry Scorah, who is an award winning close up magician, also brought some incredible magic to the party. You can check out her fantastic tricks here:

Overall it was a great night, despite being virtual, and a great way to celebrate a great year of Mums In Need!

The Christmas Raffle 2020

*PAST EVENT* - Raffle now closed

MIN's Christmas Raffle was a great success this year, with loads of amazing prizes up for grabs such as an Amazon fire tablet, Tropic skincare and The Yorkshire Candle Company Candles.

Congratulations to our 4 winners who have been contacted, and thank you so much to everyone who entered; thanks to you wonderful people we raised a grand total of £937.80 for MIN!

We are incredibly grateful for everyones continued support, despite us having to move our fundraising online this year, which allowed our raffle to be a success!

Space to Breathe

Andy Freeman ran his great wellbeing sessions for MIN, via zoom, in September and October.

Andy uses spirituality to help people discover themselves and their place in the world. This helps foster positive wellbeing by teaching simple but useful techniques to manage stress and find a sense of calm and space to breathe everyday. He focuses on teaching useful tools in how to manage stress, promoting positive wellbeing and mental health.

Check out Andy's youtube channel or the Space to Breathe website for more videos and guided meditations:

August 2020

Building Resillience Workshop

The Building Resillience Workshop for children is run by Roger Cheetham. It aims to help children develop their resilience “muscle” using a positive message of overcoming adversity and promoting resilience. He also teaches how to take the focus off yourself and put it on to helping others.

This Workshop ran from the 17th - 21st of August, from 1-2pm.

Roger also has his own website where you can find out more about his work and events:

The Mega Party Experience

The Mega Party Experience hosted a children's party on the 18th August from 2:45pm-4:15pm.

This received brilliant feedback from both the children and parents and we look forward to hosting more children's parties in the future!

Amy has run the Mega Party Experience for 8 and a half years - you can find out more information about her business at their website or via their facebook page by searching for mega party experience.

Financial Workshop

Steve Dawson held a financial Q&A session for our MIN's at the end of August. This went really well, and we are hoping to arrange another event with Steve within the upcoming months!

For more information about Steve and his work, please visit his website:

Thank you so much to Vicky for raising £177.20 for Mums In Need!