Published on 28/01/16


CBDe-Stress is a programme of events designed to help employees in the district find a better work / life balance and recommend improvements to lifestyle choices.  All of the sessions have been made available exclusively to employees in the district, free of charge.

The initial session was a workshop on stress management.  It focused on recognising symptoms of stress and how to manage them, and was led by former Royal Marine Commando, John Kemp.

This session was followed by “An Introduction to Meditation”, delivered by the Kadampa Meditaion Centre.  Attendees were taught how to focus on their breath and take their focus away from the thoughts that can disturb the mind. Meditation teacher Gen Leksang also talked to the group about the benefits of meditation for mind and body.

The programme also included “An Introduction to Yoga”, delivered by Tony Wilmot, who has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and who holds classes in the district.  The session gave the group an overview of the principles of yoga and how the practice benefits both mind and body.

Both of these sessions were kindly hosted at Livery Place.

Continuing the theme of internal wellbeing, Colmore BID, in collaboration with The Kitchen Cookery School, also held a workshop on “Nutrition for Physical and Mental Wellbeing”.  Jayne Bradley-Ghosh helped workshop participants find out about how different foods can affect us throughout the day, the effects of stress on our digestive systems and what we can do to improve our health all round, focusing specifically on super foods. The group also learnt about what foods to eat at certain times of the day and how good and bad nutrition can affect our physical and mental wellbeing.

In April 2016, Colmore BID teamed up with Film Birmingham to deliver a Walking Film Tour of the District.  Film Birmingham are responsible for supporting and developing the film and television industry in the city, which is regularly used as a backdrop by TV and filmmakers because of its diverse range of locations, from the iconic to the anonymous.  This lunch-time tour covered tales of con artists, soap queens and Russian spies, and included some of the most iconic locations from shows including Crossroads, The Hustle, Line of Duty, and The Game.

Following on from popular craft sessions that Colmore BID has provided in the past, we teamed up with Roughly Translated to hold a free drawing workshop, again hosted by Livery Place.  The session taught participants the basic principles of drawing.