The Unity Holistic Lifeline project

A six month programme to provide therapeutic support to those with learning differences or physical disabilities and those at high risk from, or affected by, Covid-19, together with key workers, including NHS workers.

Introducing our Holistic Lifeline project

Since October 2020 and now during lockdown we are running a National Lottery-funded six month programme in our community to provide:

  • therapeutic support to those with learning differences, physical disabilities or mental health challenges
  • therapeutic support to those at high risk from, or affected by, Covid-19
  • physical, emotional and mental support for key workers, including NHS workers

A great variety of services, from classes to talking therapies, spa sessions and treatments to arts therapies and much more, is offered at the Centre and online. Many sessions take place when the Centre is otherwise closed to the public. This is to protect the vulnerable by reducing contact with others as much as possible.

There are also opportunities for one-to-one services delivered not only at the Centre and online but in visits to people’s private gardens and open spaces, and to residential homes.


To find out more, contact our project team: unitygrantproject@gmail.com

Meet our teachers and practitioners

What’s on offer?

The support covers a wide range of services associated with the Unity Centre, as diverse as, for example, therapeutic yoga, breathing, art therapy, music, psychotherapy, floatation therapy, massage, osteopathy … among many others. For a full list of possible services, see the Holistic Lifeline FAQ.

Yoga therapy, psychotherapy, meditation and coaching can greatly help any of us feel connected, heard and understood even when we cannot be together in a room.

As well as the timetabled services below, we are offering visits for one-to-one and one-to-two sessions in people’s private gardens, open spaces and residential homes.

Our professional facilitators are available for phone, WhatsApp or Zoom communication and they’re happy to help walk you through the technicalities involved.

Who is it on offer to?

Our Holistic Lifeline project provides assistance to people of all ages with

  • learning differences
  • physical disabilities
  • mental health challenges, including stroke, memory loss and dementia, as well as general stress, anxiety and depression
  • long-term illnesses
  • high risk from or vulnerable to Covid-19, including those who are Covid-shielding, those with Covid-related anxieties and those suffering ‘long Covid’

These can include over 65s in need, deprived families with children, marginalised adults home alone with learning differences (PMLD) and mobility challenges, teens struggling with mental health or behaviour difficulties, and those suffering with chronic anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue.

We’re particularly keen to help the most marginalised/vulnerable community members who are suffering specifically due to the challenges imposed by Covid-19.

And we’re offering physical, emotional and mental support for key workers, including NHS and carers.

Funding is also helping us to provide continuing support to our stroke club, neuro-yoga classes and cared for children.

Please note that acceptance onto any free service will be based on our eligibility criteria and on availability.

To ask about attending sessions, contact our project team: unitygrantproject@gmail.com

Classes and support groups

During lockdown, classes are offered live on Zoom. Support groups are offered in the Centre (as permitted by law) with strict controls on timing, numbers and distancing (please see our Unity safety code).

To find a holistic lifeline class or support group, use the list below. If you can’t see the date you want in the list, select your required date in the calendar at the top of the list.

Some places can be booked directly online (where the word ‘BOOK’ appears). If you book a place in a Zoom class,  watch out for your confirmatory email as it will contain the Zoom login you’ll need in order to attend.

Our teachers and practitioners

Select any teacher’s or practitioner’s photo or name to see more about them and what they will be doing.

  Steffi Bednarek

Keith Ellis, music therapist  Keith Ellis

  Eleanor Johnson-Bullock


Yoga classes

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Floatation therapies

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Support groups


Massage therapies

Gloves are optional during our massage therapies
Gloves are optional during our massage therapies

Our funding bodies

The Unity Centre is indebted to the National Lottery for funding the Unity Bespoke Holistic Lifeline Covid Project through an Emergency Covid-19 Grant.

We are also very grateful to the following for their grant funding that enables us to run our other community projects that are so important to us:

Sport England Emergency Covid-19 Fund

Sussex Community Foundation

Chalk Cliff Trust

And our Unity Centre members, as a percentage of membership subscriptions is used to support the centre’s community work.

The Unity Centre is a not-for-profit CIC.

Holistic Lifeline project FAQ