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The Urban Mindfulness Foundation CIC

Where we embrace our differences and connect with our common humanity

Big up your CHESS! and welcome to our new programme application process!
Who can apply?

The current courses are for 18-24-year-olds living in the boroughs of Newham, Hackney or Tower Hamlets, and who identify as African Caribbean, Asian, Eastern, Indigenous or mixed racial heritage of native North, Central or South American origins.

However, if you do not live in these boroughs specifically but would still like to join, please confirm on your application form, and we will do our very best to allocate you a space.

Please complete the application form below to apply for your free scholarship

If you have any questions, please send an email to


Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets

13th January 2024

Sessions 10am to 12pm, 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 6pm every Saturday, for 8 weeks


The Big Up Your Chess programme is designed to be an early preventative community health care intervention that provides young people with important social, cultural, emotional and cognitive skills required to reduce the risk of poor health and hospitalisation. This course is, therefore, ideal for young people who are serious about developing their potential through a community-focused mindfulness practice that is culturally informed and sensitive to lived experience. Read more here….


Session dates:

13th January 2024

and then every Saturday thereafter until the

2nd March 2024

Big Up Your CHEES to our current Funders!

We are so excited to offer these Free scholarship places on the coming Big Up Your CHESS project. The project is being offered on a fully funded basis which means it is free for young Black, African, Caribbean and Asian people of colour aged 18 to 24 interested in experiencing a culturally relevant form of mindfulness and meditation practice for personal health, well-being and flourishing designed to feed into the flourishing of our wider communities. Read more here….