Living in the Pink
Who are we?
Living in the Pink was created to provide and to help people to access activities and resources that can improve their health, happiness and wellbeing and to help them to feel involved, to reduce isolation and to feel part of the community.
Our organisation was founded during the first waves of COVID 19 lockdowns as we took a fresh approach to providing wellbeing activities in 'COVID friendly' ways as well as helping to promote providers of wellbeing activities who found new and ever changing ways to continue to reach participants.
Our 'wellbeing activity notice board' continues to highlight and signpost a range of accessible wellbeing activities. We welcome notices from new providers - just get in touch!
We also provide our own accessible 'Movement and Mindfulness' sessions online and in person with an initial grant from the Midcounties Co-operative Community Support Donation Fund. We are hoping to extend the reach of these activities and are actively fundraising for new projects. Please get in touch if you are interested in Movement and Mindfulness sessions for yourself, people you know or your organisation.
Why ‘Living in the Pink’?
‘In the Pink’ is an old saying that means in good health both physically and emotionally.
‘Living in the Pink’ is a Community Interest Company (non-profit) that provides and promotes activities that support physical and emotional health and wellbeing
As well as supporting individuals to access health and wellbeing activities, we offer a free notice board for providers of accessible health and wellbeing activities
Our founder and Chair, Claire Cornell, formed ‘In the Pink Yoga’ seven years ago and had been teaching Yoga in the Activity Centres at Mary Stevens and Huntingtree Parks for five years until the outbreak of COVID 19 when the classes came to an abrupt halt. Luckily, in person classes are now thriving again in the parks and other community venues.
During the COVID lockdowns, Claire initially filmed In the Pink Yoga sessions and posted them on YouTube so class members could continue with their Yoga.
After eight long and lonely weeks of the first lockdown, Claire took inspiration from other teachers and started offering the classes via Zoom so that she and participants could enjoy some much needed social interaction again.
The Yoga classes on Zoom are still thriving and are continuing as lockdown restrictions lift and in person classes run again because participants are enjoying the many benefits of classes being online.
Claire and her wonderful team of Directors set up ‘Living in the Pink’ to in 2020 to support flexible and accessible wellbeing activities and is very excited about all of the possibilities for the future.
Ann Barratt -Secretary
Keen African drummer, Yoga enthusiast, National Trust Volunteer and retired Primary Deputy Head. Meets on Zoom with overseas toddler-granddaughter. Also takes part in activities online and in person including Curry Club, Spirit of Djembe, In the Pink Yoga, Movement and Mindfulness and other delights. Avid supporter of how online and in person activities can help people to stay connected and doing the things they enjoy.
Phil Adey - Treasurer
Long standing and versatile Oxfam shop Volunteer and fundraiser, former banker, current entrepreneur, avid Golfer and Thespian. Web developer for and business interests in estate agency and couriering. Keen interest in and support for technology and how enabling it can be. Online exerciser, in person golfer and avid social media enthusiast.
Jackie Cartledge - Member
Active organiser and fundraiser for a range of charitable and non-profit organisations including Planting for Hope Uganda, WI and Independent Age. Former Area Manager, Manager and Volunteer for range of charity shops including Cancer Research UK, Blue Cross and Oxfam. Organiser of activities on Zoom including quiz nights and activity groups. Keen Yoga practitioner. Very keen to support online and in person activities and resources that help to reduce isolation across all cultures and to keep people well mentally and physically.
Annie Hill - Member
A lockdown discovery of Living in the Pink (after seeing a poster in Mary Stevens Park) introduced her to the joy, fun and friendship of Zoom Yoga and Mindfulness. She now also enjoys in person Yoga with the Founder Claire Cornell. With many years experience working in the NHS, Education and Caring environments, she is keen to promote the principles of Living in the Pink to support and nurture projects helping the mental and physical well being of individuals in local communities. She believes life is the adventure we make it but it is always more fun with the right support and friendship. The hardest part can often be taking that first step.