The Mindfulness for Everyone Project started as a result of conversations between the Hart Knowe Trust and members of the Mindfulness Association. We had noticed that most people who attend mindfulness courses are able to do so because they are fortunate to have the freedom and resources. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we began to think about all of the people who are not so lucky and might actually be expected to have an even greater need: surely, they too deserve to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness practice. We asked ourselves what we could do about this.
The Hart Knowe Trust worked with the Mindfulness Association to establish a project that enabled almost 700 people to participate in mindfulness courses. Between 2016 and 2019 we supported four rounds of Mindfulness for Everyone Projects, offering free access to mindfulness training for 67 groups of people from vulnerable and isolated communities in locations throughout the UK. Our research and evaluation showed that mindfulness really did make a difference to people who face significant challenges in their daily lives.
In 2019, the Everyone Project (SC048133) was established as an independent charity to continue the mission of making mindfulness available to people who might otherwise be excluded. The Hart Knowe Trust was pleased to have the opportunity to help launch such a worthwhile initiative through sharing the vision, donating administration services and supporting the project financially.