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

Full up on musical soul food!

“Music for the soul” was the title of the successful Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra’s summer concert last Saturday evening.

Torrential rain, grey skies and a strong breeze ushered the undeterred crowd into the Thomas Arnold hall. New and returning audience members were keen to enjoy the musicianship and beautiful sounds of some of the classical greats to lift their spirits whilst raising money and awareness for the Wiltshire Mind charity. 

Music is a universal language, understood by all cultures, ages and all types of people and there was definitely something in the evening’s programme for everyone. Opening with Serenade for Small Orchestra by local Welsh composer William Mathias to set the mood, the audience were then transported on a soundscape journey to Scotland for Hamish MacCunn’s, now popular, Land of the Mountain and the Flood. The first half concluded with a rousing waltz from Borodin’s famous opera Prince Igor leaving the audience satisfied with the famous ‘Stranger’s in Paradise’ theme tune singing pleasingly in their ears.

The second half opened with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, a musical request from the brass section, providing ample opportunity to show off the tuba, trombones, trumpets and horns at their best. The evening concluded with Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 celebrating with an encore of the Faradole often heard at the proms.  

During the first half, James Colquhoun, one of the trustees for Wiltshire Mind, introduced the work that Wiltshire Mind does. Talking about the way they support people who are experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress. This encouraged the audience to dig deep into their pockets and alongside the ticket sales and raffle monies, the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra were delighted to donate £1025 to the charity at the end of the evening. 

Amanda Williams, founder and conductor of the orchestra comments Music has the ability to put us all in the right frame of mind to achieve anything. Quite often our rehearsals fall on busy days but after a good play and a chocolate biscuit at break time, everyone feels buoyed, comforted and in good company.”

“We are now thinking ahead to our Christmas concert and commence rehearsals on Tuesday 5th September at the Minster Church of St Denys. We are always delighted to welcome new musicians, without audition of approximately grade 5 and above standard and invite new players to join our warm and friendly group.”  

For more information about joining us go to www.warminsterorchestra.org.uk

calling 01985 216376 or emailing wiltshiremusicmaking@hotmail.com  or find us on facebook Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wiltshire Mind can be contacted by emailing: fundraising@wiltshiremind.co.uk

Malmesbury League of Friends donates to Wiltshire Mind

Malmesbury League of Friends (MLOF) has donated £5,000 to Wiltshire Mind, to support the mental health and wellbeing of residents in Malmesbury.

Wilshire Mind is a small independent charity, offering low-cost counselling and support groups across our county. The charity relies on the generosity of the community to help sustain and deliver their vital services.

On July 6th  Wiltshire Mind launched the new Malmesbury ‘Connect’ Support Group, which will be held twice monthly. It is free to attend, with pre-registration required. The Support Group will provide a friendly space for anyone experiencing mental health problems to connect. Such groups bring together people with shared experiences to support each other, and provide a place where you can feel accepted and understood.

Facilitated by a trained Support Group Facilitator and a volunteer, everyone’s experiences are treated as equally important. The group will enable people to develop coping skills and feel accepted and understood, improving self-esteem. Supporting others can also improve self-confidence.

Paul Mills, Co-CEO of Wiltshire Mind comments “This donation by Malmesbury League of Friends makes a huge difference to our work in the town. After the Covid-19 Pandemic, we had to sadly close the previous Support Group in Malmesbury due to lack of funding. Now, we are re-opening the Group thanks to MLOF, and are welcoming Support Group Attendees”.

David Hide, Chair of the Malmesbury League of Friends adds “Mental, as opposed to physical health has been somewhat neglected in the past, but the impact of Covid-19 in particular has made support for charities such as Wiltshire Mind extremely important. We are delighted to support the work their work in the Malmesbury area”.

For more information about the Malmesbury Support Group, email Supportgroups@wiltshiremind.co.uk, or visit their website www.wiltshiremind.co.uk.

For more information about Malmesbury League of Friends, email davidhide@hotmail.co.uk.

Music for the ‘Mind,’ body and soul

“Music for the soul” is the title of the Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra’s forthcoming summer concert to be held on Saturday July 22nd at 7.30pm at Warminster School, in the beautiful, purpose-built Thomas Arnold Hall, Church Street, Warminster. 

Music is a universal language. It is understood by all cultures, ages and types of people. It has nothing to do with the words but rather, the emotions it creates. Music communicates love, happiness, and even sadness – these are emotions experienced by all – making it the universal language. It’s quite wonderful to know that in a world full of such diversity, there is something that connects all human beings.  

The Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra’s forthcoming concert certainly has something in it for everyone from Borodin’s invigorating Polovetsian Dances, featuring Hamish MacCunn’s beautiful Scottish music-scape The Land of the Mountain and the Flood – now a popular favourite on Classic FM – through to everybody’s favourite Farandole by Bizet. From quiet and thoughtful to loud and immersive, the audience can feel connected through the energy created by our local community orchestra.  

The Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra always put on a popular, fun and relaxed concert; the sound and the atmosphere being complemented through the serving of summery punch, delicious shortbread and best of all every penny being donated to Wiltshire Mind. 

Amanda Williams, founder and conductor of the orchestra comments Music has the ability to put us all in the right frame of mind to achieve anything. Quite often our rehearsals fall on busy days but after a good play and a chocolate biscuit at break time, everyone feels buoyed, comforted and in good company.”  

“Our concert this summer not only provides an opportunity to share the musician’s hard work but also raises awareness for Wiltshire Mind, an independent charity supporting people in Wiltshire who are experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress. The link between music and mental health fits perfectly. We shall be donating all of our ticket, raffle and refreshment monies to the team at Wiltshire Mind. So please do come along and support us!” 

Tickets can be purchased from our online shop www.warminsterorchestra.org.uk 

calling 01985 216376 or emailing wiltshiremusicmaking@hotmail.com  

£10 in advance, £12 on the door. 

Find us on facebook – Warminster Philharmonic Orchestra.  

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