Everything we say and do is rooted in the experiences of people who know what it’s like to live with a mental health problem. That includes the thousands of people who rely on our local services, our incredible supporters, fundraisers, volunteers, staff and trustees. Their experiences bring our work to life. We provide life-saving and life-changing services when people need it most. Read our annual review for an overview of key achievements this year:
On Sunday 22nd, an intrepid group of adventurers from Careys Plc scaled not one, not two but THREE UK mountains to support BWW Mind. The group consisted of Alahna, Paul Moran, Patrick Corcoran, Amy Morgan, Craig K De Sloan, Luke Spencer, Sean Sugrue and Rachel Penfold.
They battled wind, snow, rain and blazing sunshine as they trekked their way up Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon and Ben Nevis in support of BWW Mind as part of the Three Peaks Challenge. (more…)
Neeta Oza is a yoga and pilates instructor, qualified personal trainer and health and fitness blogger. In between all that, she’s also found time to author her first book – ‘My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual’. Neeta was also previously a volunteer with us in 2007. In November 2018, Neeta will be premiering her book – and has very kindly offered to donate 50% of her book profits to BWW Mind. Thanks Neeta! We asked Neeta about her motivation for supporting us in this way. Read her story:
In September, seven intrepid individuals from Careys Plc will be reaching for the sky – by taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge and trying their hardest to raise a whopping £4,000 in support of Brent Wandsworth and Westminster Mind. We spoke to Alanha Dunbar, Community Liason Officer at Careys, about the forthcoming challenge.
On 23rd April, the wonderful Year 12 students of Queens Park Community School in Brent, took part in the First Give Project. Five teams of six form students presented to their classmates and a panel of judges, hoping to win £1,000 to support their chosen charity.
First Give is a project designed to engage secondary school children with the work of local charity organisations, encouraging them to consider initiatives to raise awareness and funds that will support their local community. Students also need to do a presentation on their chosen charity to their classmates, teachers and a panel of judges (made up from local representatives), in order to compete to win £1,000 for their charity.
Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind were picked by Group 4, who gave an excellent and informative presentation on the impact of negative mental health, of the prevalence of mental health issues in the UK, and what they would do to raise awareness of BWW Mind’s work.
Other charities represented on the day were Kiva, Kensal Rise Under 5’s and the Flying Seagul Project.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Kristiyan, Ana and Ina for picking us and for doing so well to convey the work that we do here. The students showed they were both confident and compassionate and we were hugely impressed by their organisational skills and community action plans.
Thanks also to First Give for helping to pioneer this amazing schools participation project.
Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind is delighted to have been selected as the charity partner of the year by the London office of Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm with 13 other offices as far afield as Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg and Washington DC.
We are grateful to have been picked over so many other worthwhile organisations and are thrilled not only at the opportunity to raise funds but to be able to raise awareness of the work that we do, the issues surrounding those experiencing mental health problems, and to play a part in ensuring the Covington staff have the right tools to maintain their own good mental wellbeing!
The good folks at Covington will be taking part in a number of fundraising activities throughout the year, raising money to support our service users. Already, they have raised funds through a Jeans Day and have already donated almost £350 in just a few months!
Watch this space for more updates on the inventive ways the Covington staff are raising vital income to support those experiencing mental health issues in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster!