The founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston has been announced as one of two new patrons for Bath Youth Charity, Mentoring Plus. Lucy will join John Cullum, Bath Festival Chair and father of musician, Jamie Cullum as a new official ambassador for the charity. Other Patrons of the charity include film director, Ken Loach, theatre director Sir Michael Boyd and musician, Kevin Swaby.
Ruth Keilly, Deputy Director of Mentoring Plus said: "The charity is delighted to welcome two active local influencers as new Patrons, helping to raise awareness of its community work with vulnerable children and young people."
As chair of Bath Festivals, John Cullum is looking forward to the revamped festival programme this May, aiming to attract all ages and interests to join in with music, literature, pop-up arts and street food across the city. “I'm delighted to become a new Patron of Mentoring Plus having admired the work of this charity over a long period,” comments John. “I’ve witnessed the positive impact on young lives through partnership with other organisations focused on this growing area of need in our society. I want to help all young people feel they have access to the very best this community has to offer.”
Founder of YOGADOO, Lucy Aston: "I am absolutely thrilled to become a Patron for Mentoring Plus and help to spread the word about the great work they do. The volunteer mentors really make a huge difference to the lives of these young people. YOGADOO runs yoga and mindfulness sessions for children and young adults in schools and communities across Bath and surrounding areas, and we have started working with young people supported by Mentoring Plus. It's so important that whoever you are, whatever your background, whichever postcode you live in, you are equipped with the tools for life to look after your own physical and mental well-being to self regulate your feelings and emotions. I've seen first hand how yoga and mindfulness can really help deal with modern everyday life or specific challenges. It can be as simple as rolling out a mat and sitting and breathing, and we can all do that."
“I have friends who’ve got involved with Mentoring Plus as volunteer mentors, and thought it was brilliant our community was supporting young people this way,” says Lucy. “When YOGADOO had the opportunity to teach yoga and mindfulness to a small group of mentees, we were so inspired by them. The young people threw themselves into it, having never tried yoga before and were felt and positive at the end of the session. I would love for more young people who may be facing a difficult time to find ways to reduce stress and understand their own potential.”
YOGADOO has a clothing range of statement slogan t-shirts and has unveiled the latest addition to the range which will raise money for Mentoring Plus. The 'YOUTH' t-shirt is available in black or white in men's and women's sizes and a range of colours for children. £5 from very adult tee (rrp £15.99), and £3 from every child's tee (rrp £7.99) and Tote bag (rrp £10.99) will go to Mentoring Plus to support their work in the community.
Lucy added “I love the idea that whatever our age we all have ‘youth’, it’s a responsibility and a pleasure to help young people any way we can.”