NORTHWICH is set to host its first 'Mindfulness Day' this weekend.

Businesses and organisations will come together to offer free activities – spearheaded by Louise Hough from Crafty Stitches in Witton Street and backed by Northwich BID.

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your awareness on the present moment and is a technique used to help combat depression, anxiety and stress.

On the day, various town centre businesses will host mindful activities for the public to enjoy with sessions taking place both in Witton Street and over at Vinnies Cakes and Shakes in Market Street.

From 10am to 4pm, Crafty Stitches will be hosting a number of workshops including ‘Learn to Knit,’ a ‘Diamond art taster’ and ‘Knitting for Socks Against Suicide’ while Vinnies will run ‘Cupcake Decorating’ sessions from 10am to 11am and 3pm to 4pm.

As well as this, representatives from Brio Leisure and the Rosebank Sports Wellbeing Centre will be on hand to give advice about mindfulness and the various services they offer with regards to mental health and wellbeing.

The Northwich Art Shop will also deliver a fully-booked watercolour session.

Northwich BID manager Jane Hough said: “Mindfulness can help to play a massive part in helping improve mental health and wellbeing and hopefully this initiative will raise awareness of it.

“When Louise approached Northwich BID with the concept of a day centred around mindfulness we were more than happy to get involved and it was great to see other business supporting the initiative too.

“If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday please come along and see what the day is all about as there’s lots to see and do and plenty to learn surrounding the topic of mindfulness.”