New Funded Workplace Wellbeing Support for smaller businesses

Funded by Wiltshire Council through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Wiltshire Mind has launched a Workplace Wellbeing Support Programme for small businesses and sole traders in our county.

The programme offers mental health awareness and mental health first aid training as for a range of employers across Wiltshire, running small businesses or working as sole traders.

Support for you and your small business

If you or your small business would benefit from individual or group mental health training, please contact us today for more details. Subject to availability, all courses are fully funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and our partnership with Wiltshire Council. Simply email us at Training@wiltshiremind.co.uk and put “Funded Training” in the email subject box.

1 in 4 adults will experience some form of mental health issue in their lifetime according to World Health Organisation.  Our goal is to not only raise awareness within the workplace and day to day life, but to empower those to act and do the same.

Early intervention is key and discovering healthy coping strategies for the workplace and in life is part of our overall strategy to support long term wellbeing. Our training will teach you how to spot the signs and how to signpost others towards hope and help.

If you are passionate about ensuring the wellbeing of your team and are looking for ways to build resilience, improve engagement, reduce absenteeism, optimise performance and reduce attrition, you are in the right place.

Support for Individuals

To further support individuals working in smaller businesses, we are able to offer fully funded one-to-one counselling in some cases. For more details on this, please visit our website or email counselling@wiltshiremind.co.uk and put “Funded Counselling” in the email subject box.

About us

Wiltshire Mind is an independent charity passionate about helping you with your mental health and wellbeing.

Our training is provided by our delivery partner Paula Power, who is owner and director of My White Dog, based in Malmesbury – an experienced and accredited instructor member of MHFA England.

Thank you

We are very grateful to Wiltshire Council for supporting us with funding through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This provides us with the opportunity to expand our wellbeing support into smaller business workplaces, and helping individuals to prioritise their mental health and resilience.

We are recruiting a Team Administrator!

We are recruiting for a Team Administrator to join our charity at this exciting time.

The Team Administrator is the first point of contact for our charity, so this is an important role in demonstrating our values, through the professionalism of our work. We rely on our Team Administrator to communicate effectively and efficiently internally and externally with a range of stakeholders from clients and delivery partners to trustees to funders.

This role is office based in Trowbridge, with occasional travel to events.

We are a small charity, where everyone works together as a close team to deliver the very best we can in mental health support for our beneficiaries. Having an interest or lived experience in mental health is helpful, as empathic communication with our clients is important.

As a charity, we have to raise funds – so if you are enthusiastic about administration and would love to gain more experience in working alongside our community to help raise funds too – this role may be perfect for you.

The salary is negotiable depending on experience, so if you are interested, download the job description on the link below which includes contact details.

We look forward to hearing from you!

At Wiltshire Mind, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. We believe that diversity drives innovation, creativity, and better decision-making. Our recruitment process is designed to be fair, transparent, and free from bias. We actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other characteristic. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that each person brings, and we strive to create an environment where everyone feels respected, heard, and empowered.

We are recruiting Trustees!

Make a difference to the lives of local people and consider becoming a Trustee for Wiltshire Mind.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our life time.

44,000 people in Wiltshire had a recorded diagnosis of depression in 2020/2021.

These are startling statistics. Here at Wiltshire Mind we support some of the estimated 70,000 people across Wiltshire that experience mental health or wellbeing problems.

Passionate about good mental health?

We are a local independent mental health charity dedicated to supporting our community and promoting better mental health and wellbeing. We are currently seeking enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our Board of Trustees.

If you are passionate and want to make a positive impact in your community, then a role as a trustee can be rewarding and fulfilling.

As a Trustee, you will play a vital role in:

Shaping our vision and strategy: Your unique perspective and expertise will help guide our future direction.

Ensuring good governance: You will contribute to responsible leadership and oversee the overall effectiveness of the charity.

Fundraising and advocacy: Your voice and connections can help us secure resources and champion the cause of mental health awareness and how we can support others.

We are seeking candidates who have life or work experience and who can make in promoting and delivering better mental health. All passionate individuals are encouraged to apply.

Becoming a Trustee is a rewarding opportunity to:

Use your skills and knowledge for a good cause.

Be part of a dynamic team committed to improving mental health services.

Gain valuable experience in governance and charity leadership.

We offer a flexible and supportive environment where your contributions will be valued. All we ask is a few hours of your time, experience and skills each month, attending our regular Trustee Board meetings.

Our Trustee Recruitment pack is here for you to download, and if you wish to apply, simply email our CEO with a supporting statement on why you are suited to the role, along with your CV to: paul.mills@wiltshiremind.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Gardening for Wellbeing

Gardening is more than just a hobby; it supports a healthy mind and body.

Immersing yourself in gardening is a potent stress reliever. The physical act of digging, weeding, and planting gets your blood pumping, boosting your mood and energy levels. As you witness your efforts bloom, a sense of accomplishment can be achieved, building confidence and self-esteem. Gardening isn’t just about tending to plants; it’s about tending to yourself.

Join us and help rejuvenate a sensory garden space at Greatwood Charity, Marlborough whilst meeting new people and enjoying the outdoors. We meet fortnightly for 2 hours, facilitated by our experienced Wiltshire Mind wellbeing team.

If you’d like to find out more, please email supportgroups@wiltshiremind.co.uk.

Wiltshire Mind is your county’s mental health and wellbeing charity.

Funding for this project has been provided by The National Lottery Community Fund – Thank you!

5 Ways to Wellbeing for 2024

Improving your mental health when you’re at work can feel like a challenge, especially if you work in a busy or stressful environment. But the 5 ways to wellbeing provide some simple steps which you can do every single day. Check them out below.

Step 1 – Connect

Connecting with others can help us feel close to people, and valued for who we are. Being social means different things for different people – you might prefer being in quieter situations with one other person, or you might like being in big groups. You might like to connect with people online, or you might enjoy phone calls or sending letters.

Here are some ways you could make a connection today:

  • If you feel comfortable, you could try speaking to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was, and really listen when they tell you
  • Put 5 minutes aside to find out how a colleague is doing
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them

Step 2 – Get active

Many people find that physical activity helps them maintain positive mental health.

This doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. There are lots of different things you can do to be a bit more active.

Studies have shown that getting active can help you sleep better, have happier moods, and reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and racing thoughts.

Here are a few ideas for how you can get active today:

  • Take the stairs rather than the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work – maybe you could go with a colleague
  • Get off the bus a stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Organise a work sporting activity
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some stretches before you leave for work in the morning
  • If you’re in the office, walk over to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing

Step 3 – Take notice

Reminding yourself to take notice can help you to be aware of how you’re feeling. It can help you understand what triggers your feelings of stress or anxiety.

Some studies have shown that savouring ‘the moment’ can also help you to feel more positive about life.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work
  • Visit a new place for lunch

Step 4 – Learn

We’re always learning new things – often without realising it. Feeling like you’re learning and developing can boost your self-esteem.

And sometimes, setting goals can help you to feel more productive and more in control of your life.

What can you learn today? Here are a few ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word

Step 5 – Give

There’s been lots of research about the effects of taking part in social and community life. Some studies have shown that people who help others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Is there anything you can do today, to be kind or helpful to someone else? You could try:

  • Making a cup of tea for a colleague
  • Offering to help a colleague with something they’re stuck on
  • Introducing yourself to a new-starter, to help them feel more at ease
  • Seeing if there are any volunteering initiatives open at work

A Thank You to Our Incredible Supporters

At Wiltshire Mind, we are dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing, and providing vital support across Wiltshire. This year was special to us, as it was our 30th Anniversary as a local charity.

On behalf of our small team, I can genuinely say we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the unwavering support we receive from our generous donors, volunteers, and community supporters and partners. Your contributions make a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals and families facing the challenges of mental health.

Your generosity enables us to continue to deliver support

Your donations and grants enable us to deliver more support to more people. This expands our reach across our county and ensures essential services keep running in the face of the current cost-of-living crisis.

Your donations fund our Adult and Young Peoples Counselling, our Connect Groups, and help towards our new Schools Wellbeing Programme. Without your generosity, we would not be able to offer the lifeline of hope and support that so many need.

Our dedicated volunteers are the backbone of our charity, tirelessly giving your time and talents to make a difference. Your compassion and commitment are truly inspiring.

Our valued community partners play a crucial role in raising awareness and donations, fundraising in innovative and fun ways – you are always there to help us.  

Together, we make a difference

Thanks to your collective support, we have made significant strides in raising mental health awareness, reducing stigma, and providing essential services to those in need during 2023. We have witnessed the power of your generosity.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your unwavering belief in Wiltshire Mind. Your support is invaluable, and together, we will continue to make a positive impact for better mental health.

Rotary Club of Bradford-on-Avon raises money for Wiltshire Mind with Christmas Concert

On 16th December, the Rotary Club of Bradford-on-Avon presents The Corsham Band in Concert, featuring Soloist Josh Blake. This promises to be a fantastic evening, with refreshments on the night. It will be held at:

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon.
Saturday 16th December 2023 @ 7.00pm.

Tickets are £10 each and are available on the door, or by calling Andrew Huxham on 07714 222324.

Proceeds from the event are in aid of Wiltshire Mind, the county’s mental health and wellbeing charity. Each year, the charity helps around 300 adults and young people by supporting their mental health. The demand for support rises each year, and the charity relies on the generosity of supporters to help keep vital services running. (wiltshiremind.co.uk)

Help raise funds for better mental health in Wiltshire

Every week 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem. In Wiltshire alone, there are around 70,000 people experiencing some form of mental health disorder. These statistics are eye-watering.

Wiltshire Mind provides support to the many people locally who experience mental health problems or emotional distress. We provide low-cost counselling for adults, and free counselling for children and young people aged 11+. We also run support groups, offering a safe a confidential space to share experiences and gain support and confidence.

As a local charity we receive all of our funding from our community. We are not commissioned, so we don’t receive any statutory funding. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and fundraisers, we are able to offer accessible support for everybody. Last year, our community raised £75,000 towards the cost of providing these mental health services.

We have seen a big increase in the need for support post Covid-19, and waiting lists have grown across all providers. To meet this growing demand, we need to raise £465 a day.

If you or your business are planning a fundraising event, thinking about a regular donation or planning on having a dedicated charity of the year, please do think of Wiltshire Mind. From corporate golf days to local cycle relays, cake and bake sales to raffles, live music events to sports competitions or even Christmas Jumper days, there are so many fun ways to raise much needed funds for mental health support locally. Check out our social media posts too for more ideas.

Why not email us today at fundraising@wiltshiremind.co.uk and find out a bit more about how you or your company can help make a difference in this mental health crisis. Every pound raised goes towards providing better mental health for our community.

Nobody should face a mental health problem alone. We need your help so we can be there.

If you’d like to donate to Wiltshire Mind, visit our Just-Giving page today. https://www.justgiving.com/wiltshire-mind.

Thank you.

UPDATED VENUE – Annual General Meeting 2023

Wiltshire Mind is holding its Annual General Meeting at 11.00am on Wednesday 8th November 2023 at Trinity House, Bryer Ash Business Park, Trowbridge, BA14 8HE.

We welcome all interested parties to our Annual General Meeting. Places are limited, so please register your interest.

To register your interest in attending, email stefankerwin@wiltshiremind.co.uk

Wiltshire Mind – we’re here for you

This week is Local Minds Week.

There’s often some confusion about the difference between Mind and your local Wiltshire Mind charity.

We are an independent charity, which means we are here to provide mental health and wellbeing support to our Wiltshire Communities. We develop and run services that meet the needs of our county, and based on local feedback.

We help adults and young people by supporting their mental health.

All donations made to Wiltshire Mind go straight back into providing services. We don’t receive any funding from the government, local authorities, the care system or Mind, so we rely on the tremendous generosity of our communities to help us provide local services.

We offer low cost counselling, available to adults and young people. We also run support groups for anyone living in Wiltshire. And more recently we have introduced mental health support for schools across the county. We help organisations by providing mental health awareness training too.

Last year we helped over 300 people, supporting them with their mental health. Each year the demand for our services increases, yet the cost of living crisis and the recent pandemic has made it really hard for us to raise money to continue running our services.

We are proud to be part of the Mind Federation, but we really need your help too. If you can, please donate. Every pound makes a difference.

Wiltshire Mind – JustGiving – Donate here.

Wiltshire Mind – email fundraising@wiltshiremind.co.uk for more information.

#localmindsweek #wiltshiremind #mentalhealthmatters

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