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We have carefully chosen each of our activities and the process of the therapy we offer to bring new skills, real improvement and empowerment into the lives of those who engage with the centre. We hope the testimonies below and the statistics help you understand.


Alleviates Depression & Anxiety Symptoms - It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, alleviating symptoms.

Uplifts Mood - 12 week yoga intervention has shown improvements in mood and anxiety.

Improves sleep Quality - Following a 10 week study, an insomniac patient showed improved sleep efficiency and total sleep time.

Creates mental clarity - 86% of yoga practitioners have gained a strong sense of mental clarity.

Breaks the cycle of stress - Your brain releases Endorphins, muscles relax & tension in the body eases. Your body feels better so too will your mind.


Therapeutic and relaxing, while spinning clay your mind and body are in natural synergy, wrapped around your creative ambitions and goals. This thoughtful, artistic activity can open the mind and relieve you of outside worries.

Creative outlet – Both physical and mental benefits from expressing yourself by creating something

Increase optimistic outlook – An outlet for emotions it bolsters confidence and self-esteem.

Improves focus – Shift your focus from worries toward your creation. Help your mind relax and expand.

Reduces stress – The sense of touch and the focus required help outside distractions reduce.

Encourages sociability – The casual atmosphere helps relax the socially anxious. You can socialise confidently with others while still allowing for silence. 

Improve quality of life – Explore the things you can do, connect with yourself, learn new techniques and enjoy a productive lifetime hobby.

"For a few years I have been experiencing some mental health issues.
I found the team very encouraging, patient and positive.  As I continued to visit the Centre my confidence started to improve along with my self-esteem.
I participated in some of the therapeutic, practical classes and really enjoyed learning new skills and hobbies, particularly woodcarving.
Today, I come to the Centre every day and am part of the management team."

Participant of Therapeutic, Practical Classes, incl. Woodcarving


An artistic activity, wood carving is inherently therapeutic, deeply relaxing and promotes self-confidence and self-esteem.  Occupational Therapists recommend woodcarving to patients who find it soothing, relaxing and assisted their rehabilitation, general health and wellbeing.

Physical improvement  - Wood carving lowers stress, blood pressure and heart rate

Calming - People who carve as a hobby feel calm and relaxed while carving. Some even carve without any target, just for that relaxing feeling. Anyone can learn the skills and there is no rush. 

Conducive to Flow and Mindfulness – Wood carving is like a meditation, supporting mindfulness and focus, helping connect us with ourselves.

Reconnect with Nature - Working with an element of nature, touching the material, enjoying the scent, it  helps us feel more relaxed and naturally uplifted and promotes positive emotionality.

Provides social engagement and cultural meaning in one’s life - learning these skills can become a rewarding lifetime hobby and an activity which bonds us with other makers and those who appreciate our work.

"When I first visited Portadown Wellness Centre, I felt quite shy and vulnerable. I was always made feel very welcome and soon got to know the team.
I have met some very caring and supportive friends at the Centre and there is always plenty of non-judgemental support when I need it.
Today, I am back working full time and gaining confidence every day.
If you are finding life tough, take the first step and visit the Centre."

Participant of Therapeutic, Practical Classes


Improves the heart - Blood pressure levels lower and stress eases with reduced Cortisol (stress hormone).

Strengthens the body - Carrying, sawing and the motions maintain joint flexibility, aid balance and hand- eye coordination, tones muscles and improves bone health.

Helps prevent future illnesses - Proved to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures, discourages dementia and keeps you healthy.

Improves the mind - Concentrating on the task is good mental exercise at hand keeps the mind sharp. It encourages creativity and knowledge of types of wood, tools, etc. Building something brings a sense of fulfilment, boosting the mood and self-confidence.

Community building - Exchange ideas and grow friendships here, then join a local woodworking community, they're ready to welcome you.

Arts & Crafts

When we engage our creativity and freely express ourselves, we aid our emotional well-being in a way more active pursuits cannot, especially amongst older people. It improves your adaptability. your confidence and even fights depression and addiction.

Mood altering - Brings profound changes in emotions, sensory experiences, actions, behaviours and patterns of thought, which means that it can effectively alter the way we perceive the world.

Reduce stress & depression - It's often just as effective as prescription medication in coping with mental illness.

Stay sharp & positive influence for recovering addicts - Devoting time to creative activities is an accessible means of asserting control in an uncertain environment & see growth in mental agility.

Improve mental wellbeing - The goals we set ourselves tend to be the most satisfying to achieve, improving your levels of mental wellbeing.



With Meditation you train your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings, as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration, to develop a positive mood, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.

Reduces Stress - the effect can be strongest in individuals with the highest levels of stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.

Controls Anxiety - Routine meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

Improves Sleep - Relaxing and controls the "runaway" thoughts that can interfere with sleep, shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and increase sleep quality..

May Help Fight Addictions - Meditation develops mental discipline and willpower and can help you avoid triggers for unwanted impulses. This can help you recover from addiction and redirect other unwanted habits.

Promotes Emotional Health - Some forms of meditation can improve depression and create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation may help you maintain these benefits long term.

"I decided to initiate Portadown Wellness Centre following my own experience of having mental ill health.
It is my belief that most mental ill health is caused by a trauma or a stress in a persons life. Therefore, to find lasting wellness, I believe we must address these traumas in a safe and confidential environment with a qualified and professional counsellor.
Also the participation in practical, therapeutic activities and classes boost self-belief and confidence, creating an ambience to meet new, supportive caring friends.


Alan McDowell
Founder of Portadown Wellness Centre


Creativity makes you feel good - Easy recipes in particular carry strong mental health benefits (no anxiety), encouraging focus, boosting creativity and happiness.

An end reward - We get something tangible for our efforts, a delicious “reward” for doing a task.

Improves quality of life - Cooking is self-care at its most basic and nourishing.

Cooking is meditative - An activity which takes your whole attention can have a calming, meditative quality to create space in the mind and ease negative thinking processes.

Feels good baking - All the experiences of cooking stimulate your senses, which in turn increases feel-good endorphins.

Food brings people together - If you struggle with social contact, the act of sharing your home cooked meal can be really powerful. Positive feedback and just seeing someone else appreciate your work has major implications for your sense of worth and value.


A great way to not only spend quality time with yourself, but also to do something for yourself.

Alternative to Screens - Screen time leads to sensory overload, it's tiring and leads to unrest and unhappiness.

Social Connection - Sewing groups are valuable for advice and building relationships with others who share similar interests.

Stress Relief - By focusing on sewing, you become mindful and concentrate on a single activity which helps you feel relaxed.

Decrease depression -  By sewing your brain releases dopamine, a natural antidepressant.

Fights low self-esteem - Working through a sewing pattern gives you a sense of accomplishment, improving your self-esteem and confidence, to help you overcome hurdles in your life.


Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD and more. It boosts physical & mental energy, relieves tension, improves memory, helps you sleep better and releases endorphins to boost your mood.  Modest amounts of exercise makes a difference, no matter your age or fitness level.

Depression - Mild to moderate depression can be relieved as effectively as antidepressant medication, WITHOUT  side–effects.

Anxiety -  Being mindful during exercise will interrupt the flow of worries running through your head.

Stress - The endorphins released will relax your muscles and relieve body tension. When your body feels better so too will your mind.