RESIDENTS are painting pebbles with kind messages, in order to improve mental health in the area.

An event at St Nicolas Church, Earley, is set to be a relaxing evening of Pebble & Rock painting in the name of good mental health.

The idea is to paint the rocks in order to release stress, as well as to promote good mental health by writing kind and encouraging words on each rock.

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Karen Smith, event organiser, said: "Painting can be therapeutic and an emotional stress reliever, something we all need more of.

"You do not have to be an artist to pebble paint.

"The purpose of this event is to support emotional wellbeing through individual expression and just enjoy being with others in a calm, welcoming environment."

The event will take place at St Nicolas Church, Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley and will be hosted from 7pm - 9pm on Monday, February 3.