All is well at Langside church

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MEDITATION, mindfulness and wellbeing are the aims of the game at a Langside church programme officially launching this week.

Following a six month pilot, Finn’s Place has secured funding from Glasgow city council, the Church of Scotland’s Go For It fund, Anchor Foundation and Robertson Trust.

The result is an official opening event this Saturday, where visitors from near and far can try taster sessions of what the centre has to offer.

Coordinator Shirley Gillan told The Extra: “The church burnt down a few years ago and when it was rebuilt, we realised that there was a space which lent itself perfectly to community events.

“Everyone is welcome at Finn’s Place. We try to hold different activities at different times, so that people can come along whenever they’re free, and after an entrance fee to keep the place going, all equipment is provided.”

Activities include African drumming, tai chi, meditation and mindfulness, massage, yoga and British sign language sessions.

The church works on the principles of international organisation Capacitar, which offers body-mind-spirit practices such as tai chi and meditation as a means of combatting stress and 

But according to Shirley, there’s something at the centre for everyone — even those less active.

She added: “There’s no pressure to try anything — you can even just pop in for tea and biscuits.

“We also have quiet spaces, including our lawn and wildlife gardens.

“They’re our own little space right in the middle of Langside’s flats, and we’re hoping they’ll allow people to get out more — for vulnerable visitors or those with mobility problems, we can even arrange to have someone walk them home again.”

The fun kicks off at 11am on Saturday with the official launch planned for noon, followed by lunch.

Running until 2pm, you’ll find live music, a bouncy castle and facepainting for the kids, as well as tasters of all the activities, and more info on how to get involved.