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Since the first lock down in March 2020, Wiltshire Mind has been providing Counselling for adults and young people and also running Peer Support Groups to those in need of mental health support. We have seen a big increase in demand again in recent weeks, and we have been able to offer counselling and support groups to people across Wiltshire.

Like many charities, we are seeing a decrease in our income though. We offer low-cost services, ensuring they are available to anyone. But this also means our current level of income is not covering our costs.

To provide mental health support to our communities across Wiltshire each year, we need to raise £465 a day. We do not currently receive any commissioned or statutory funding, so we rely on the generous donations of our supporters and local fundraising activity, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and the social restrictions.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime. We make a difference by offering hope through mental health support to our community. The Coronovirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our mental health. Help us be there for everyone in Wiltshire who needs us at this time.

If you can help in any way, please support us and donate today.

A year of ice baths?

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to support Wiltshire Mind.

Our supporters have fundraised for us in many different and unique ways, from video game-a-thons and bake sales, to undertaking a year of freezing showers!

Community fundraising is the life blood of Wiltshire Mind. We rely on our generous supporters to fund vital services county wide, which include counselling for both young people and adults, peer support groups, and mental health training for individuals and businesses.

So don’t worry if donning the Lycra or trainers isn’t your thing. Choose something you love to do and support the local charity that is here for you.

Wiltshire Mind – For better mental health in Wiltshire.

www.wiltshiremind.co.uk or email: fundraising@wiltshiremind.co.uk

One of our younger fundraisers!
Golfing to raise funds for Wiltshire Mind

Charity Chair raises £2.5k for Wiltshire Mind

Jim Donald, Chair of Wiltshire Mind (seen above with his wife Michele) was hoping to run a charity golf day at his local golf club this year in the way he has done in previous years. But with the pandemic restricting the ability to play a team event, he struck upon a new idea – a personal Golf Marathon.

With an ambitious target of playing 100 holes of golf in one day, Jim set out on Thursday 27th May with only one goal – a determination to succeed and not let Covid-19 stop him from raising much needed funds for his beloved charity in 2021. Ashford Homes who sponsored the event before, offered to support the event again, and Kingsdown Golf Club waived all green fees for the day.

With temperatures up in the 20’s and the sun beating down all day, Jim set out at first light to play the first round of the day. By 9.30pm that evening, he had played 100 holes of golf continuously, with the loss of only 2 balls. With ideal weather and a host of supporters playing alongside him, Jim thoroughly enjoyed the event, and played extremely well on the day.

£2,500 was raised for Wiltshire Mind at Jim’s Golf Marathon.

Charity Chair Jim commented:

It couldn’t have worked out better. Ideal weather conditions, great supporters and an extremely worthwhile local charity. Every pound goes back into providing mental health support for the people of Wiltshire, so it was a real pleasure to play those 100 holes.

Wiltshire Mind is an independent mental health charity, and relies on the generous donations of its supporters and beneficiaries. Providing counselling services for adults and young people, as well as peer support groups and mental health training, Wiltshire Mind operates across the county. These are particularly challenging times for everyone, and Wiltshire Mind offers a safe and confidential space for those experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.

Our thanks to Ashford Homes for sponsoring this event.

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

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

We are Recruiting: Qualified Young People’s Counsellor

We are recruiting for a qualified Young People’s Counsellor to support our service for 11-17 year olds. This position requires an experienced practitioner (BACP registered member). It is essential to have experience of integrative counselling and counselling assessments whilst working in an organisational setting.

You can download the full job description below.

The closing date is Wednesday 9th June 2021.

To enquire about the role or request an application form, please contact Philippa Collins using the details below:

01225 706532 | philippa.collins@wiltshiremind.co.uk

Do you want to be a Mental Health First Aider?

Places are now available on our next open course, running on the 16th and 23rd June.

Accredited by MHFA England, this course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider and teaches you how to identify, understand and help adults who may be experiencing mental health problems.

The course is delivered over two days via an integrated online learning hub, including individual learning, plus four live instructor-led sessions, with our training partner at My White Dog.
The course costs £285 per person, including a certificate and course materials.

Email: training@wiltshiremind.co.uk to book a place or for more information.

Charity Chair in Golf Marathon

Jim Donald, Chair of Wiltshire Mind is doing a Golf Marathon on 27th May at Kingsdown Golf Club.

Hoping to raise much needed funds to support local mental health services, Jim is aiming to play as many holes as possible in one day at his Golf Club. As a former Club Captain, Jim is a dedicated golfer.

In deciding to set up his Golf Marathon Jim said:

My original plan to run a team golf day is not feasible this year due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Therefore I will undertake a golf marathon myself, playing as many holes as I can in one day. I am seeking your support and sponsorship either per hole or a one off donation. I plan to play from around first light until I drop!

Ashford Homes have generously sponsored Jim in his bid to raise funds, and Managing Director Stuart Morgan is hoping to join Jim for a few holes on the day.

Wiltshire Mind is an independent mental health charity, and relies on the generous donations of its supporters and beneficiaries. Providing counselling services for adults and young people, as well as peer support groups and mental health training, Wiltshire Mind operates across the county. These are particularly challenging times for everyone, and Wiltshire Mind offers a safe and confidential space for those experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.

If you’d like to support Jim’s Golf Marathon, and help raise funds for Wiltshire Mind, you can visit his Just-Giving Page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jim-donald-golf

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Good luck Jim on the 27th May at Kingsdown Golf Club.

Personal Best in Bath Half Fundraiser

Wiltshire Mind fundraiser Sarah Cardy, a regular at Melksham parkrun, completed the virtual Bath Half marathon this weekend, knocking 12 minutes off her personal best!

Raising over £700 for Wiltshire Mind, Sarah has used running to help with her mental wellbeing during the pandemic, but wanted to raise funds for Wiltshire Mind, so we can help with the wellbeing of those who cannot or might not choose to run.

“So many people have struggled in the past year with their mental health. I have been lucky enough to have found running to get me through. However, it’s not for everyone. If I can use my running to support others, then Wiltshire Mind is in need of our support.”

To provide mental health support to our communities across Wiltshire through 2021, we need to raise £465 a day. We rely on the generous donations of our supporters and local fundraising activity, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and the social restrictions.

This year we are seeing almost a 50% drop in our income so far.

If you would like to help raise funds for Wiltshire Mind to enable us to continue providing our mental health support work across the county, please email fundraising@wiltshiremind.co.uk to see how we can support you.

We are an independent charity, and every penny fundraised allows us to extend our support to more people in Wiltshire. We’d really value your fundraising, and would love to work with you.

Places now available on our Mental Health First Aid course in April

Whether you are an organisation wishing to create a culture of support in the workplace for anyone experiencing mental health problems, or an individual wanting to gain skills and confidence in supporting others with their mental health, our two-day Adult Mental Health First Aid training is for you.

Accredited by MHFA England, this course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider and provides:

> An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing

> Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health problems

> Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress

> Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

> Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support.

The course is delivered over two days via an integrated online learning hub, including individual learning, plus four live instructor-led sessions, with our training partner at My White Dog.

The course will be held on the 20th and 27th April. The course costs £285 per person, including a certificate and course materials.

To book a place, or for more information, email training@wiltshiremind.co.uk.

For details of all of our courses, please visit our Mental Health Training page.

Wiltshire Mind joins BBC’s “Make a Difference – Happy Heads” local radio campaign

Helping Children and Young People across Wiltshire

One of the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic is the effect on children’s mental health.

BBC Wiltshire’s local radio campaign Make A Difference: Happy Heads aims to help children, parents and carers by promoting volunteering, and sharing links to organisations and charities that can help.

Wiltshire Mind’s Counselling Co-ordinator and Community Fundraiser Laura Oatley joined the local radio conversation on 17th February. You can listen here to the full interview.

Our counselling service for those aged 11+, provides long term support, away from the school environment. Provided by specialist young peoples’ counsellors, the service is easily accessible – to find out more email us at counselling@wiltshiremind.co.uk

Our free counselling for children and young people provides a safe space where highly specialist counsellors use a range of creative therapeutic methods to help young people connect to, and express, their emotions. Helping young people develop coping strategies can mean they are able to thrive rather than just survive.

We are an independent local Mental Health Charity based in Melksham providing county-wide services and we are here for you. We are affiliated to Mind, supporting those who are experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.

Visit our website today for more information.

If you would like to support us, please donate using our Just Giving page.