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Helen Bealey, Mindful Monkeys: Five things I'd change about Jersey

Helen Bealey, Mindful Monkeys: Five things I'd change about Jersey

Friday 26 February 2021

Helen Bealey, Mindful Monkeys: Five things I'd change about Jersey


A mindful monkey leader has escaped from her yurt to share five ways the whole island's wellbeing could be improved.

For Helen Bealey, wellbeing is a central part of Jersey life, having established a new mindfulness and meditation project aimed at children alongside Eleven founder, Yvonne Heavey, called Mindful Monkeys.

Taking place in a "beautiful" yurt in Yvonne's back garden in St. Aubin, the new project aims to take care of young minds - after its first two weeks, Helen says she has already received positive feedback from parents.

Distilling her passion for all things wellbeing and sustainability into the key points, Helen has given Express her five things she would change about Jersey...

1. Meditation over detention

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Pictured: Helen suggested meditation as an alternative to detention for children.

I would like to see mindfulness and nutritional lessons for children as part of their PSHE lessons (meditation instead of detention).

In a fast changing world we need to build our children’s resilience.

Covid has shown us how quickly ‘normal’ life can change and our kids need to be able to be equipped with whatever challenges they may face.

2. Reduce the cost of living

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Pictured: Helen criticised the island's high rental prices.

There are many people in Jersey struggling due to the cost of living.

A big issue is high rental prices which means owning a property here is becoming unachievable for most.

3. Grow your own

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Pictured: Helen emphasised the importance of sustainable practices like growing fruit and vegetables.

It would be fantastic if there was more education and space for more people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Learning to become more sustainable is really important but not everyone has the space or knowledge to do so.

4. Reduce, reuse, recycle

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Pictured: Helen suggested a more island-wide approach to recycling.

All parishes should have easily accessible points to recycle and collections where possible. 

5. Better public transport

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Pictured: More buses to travel between parishes was one of Helen's suggestions for more sustainable transport.

How about we explore inter-parish buses?

This would make a positive impact to reduce traffic and carbon emissions.

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