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MIND BLMK blog Oct 18

Mind BLMK an Update on our Charity of the Year

We thought, we’d update you on how much we’ve raised for MIND BLMK this year so far. We’re delighted as we’ve so far managed to raise £5118.15!

This is how we’ve achieved it:

The best grossing event raising £2542.65 was our team London to Bruges Bike ride – brilliant job guys! £1187.50 was raised by Mark Barrett who ran London to Brighton, £403.75 was raised by Dave Loveridge when he ran the Eigur Ultra Trail in Switzerland, the signed Saints rugby ball that we donated for the MIND BLMK charity raffle raised a super impressive £1,316! Then to top if off, we ran an internal laptop sale and raised another £360.

Here’s an update from Julie Stock and the MIND BLMK team about their activities so far this year.

We have had another busy year so far in 2018. We have attended lots of events to highlight the importance of mental health, and we have worked closely with our many partners to raise awareness of the support that is available and to engage with the community. We have been so pleased by the generous donations we have received from our many fundraising supporters – your support allows us to continue to provide our services in the local area.

Luton – new partnership with Music 24 at Luton Wellbeing Centre

Mind BLMK is now working in partnership with Music24 at our Luton Wellbeing Centre to offer music therapy and other music-related activities to our service users by referral. Established in 2014, Music24 has grown to provide services in the community and to other organisations, specialising in working with those living with dementia, mental health conditions and learning disabilities.

They have recently relocated their main dementia group called Minds in Motion to Mind BLMK's wellbeing centre in Luton on a Thursday, from 10 - 11.30am, and from the New Year, they moved their mental health group called Mind our Music as well. 

Time to Talk Day on 1 February, 2018

Time to Talk Day is a campaign created by Time For Change who say:

"It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed".

Amongst many events we attended that day, our Wellbeing for Later Life Co-ordinator and our Mentoring Facilitator were at Bedford Borough Library talking about the services they provide.

The Wellbeing For Later Life Project supports people aged 55 years and over in Bedford Borough. The project has been going from strength to strength in providing people with the right support as well as practical tools and techniques to help maintain and provide positive wellbeing in older people.

Mentoring provides one-to-one goal focused support to individuals. The service has grown over the years and has proved to have a positive impact on those who have joined the service to achieve milestones such as returning to education, gaining employment and engaging in physical activity.

Mental Health Awareness Week in May

As another Mental Health Awareness Week came round, we kept ourselves very busy raising awareness throughout the community and encouraging people to talk about mental health. We held a Wellbeing for Later Life Conference in Bedford; we held a networking event in Luton; we celebrated the creative writing talents of two of our service users; we attended an event for young people organised by The Forum at Redborne Upper School; and we attended a musical fundraising event at Parkside Medical Centre in Bletchley.

World Suicide Prevention Day in September

In partnership with all the local councils in our area and a number of other local charities, we attended an event on World Suicide Prevention Day at the Forest Centre in Marston Vale. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the ‘See the Signs – Save a Life’ campaign to encourage awareness of how to support someone with suicidal thoughts and encourage us to talk openly about suicide. On the day, we ran a couple of workshops to train people in how to see the signs and these were very well-attended by both professionals and members of the public.

Coming up we have World Mental Health Day on 10 October which this year is focusing on working together to support young people. We will be asking people to pledge to make a small change to support their mental health and wellbeing using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.  Staff and volunteers will be at Marks and Spencer in MK1 to promote the services and invite people to make pledges and spin the Wheel of Wellbeing!

We also have our AGM on 19 October when we will be celebrating our 40th birthday. In November, we will be celebrating the hard work of our trustees and all they do for us.

You can find out more about MIND BLMK here https://www.mind-blmk.org.uk/

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