Staff and participants at Butterflies Parent and Child group, as well as our Braintree Welcome Cafe, get into the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Week!
Please see information about Mental Health Awareness week, in our ‘latest news section’ on the website and on our social media pages.
We have lots of activities arranged for Mental Health Awareness Week. Have a look below for information about our activities:
Our first is a stand at Knightwick shopping Centre, Canvey from 10-4pm, on Tuesday 14th of May.
Our second is on Thursday 16th of May, 11-12.30pm, at Brentwood Community Hospital (reception area), whereby one of our co-ordinators will be on hand to answer any questions about our services.
In addition, we have a health and wellbeing day workshop at Anglia Ruskin University in their Chelmsford site on Thursday 16th of May, and at Firstsite Colchester, on Friday 17th of May.
Lastly, we have mental health awareness and emotional first aid workshops on a variety of days at Orsett Hall Hotel and in Margaretting.
For more information on the wider campaign for mental health awareness, see the Mental Health Foundation’s website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
MSE STP Bespoke Mental Health Workshops flyer final
We are really excited to offer a womens’ only Boxing group at Primal Combat, every Tuesday between 9.30 and 10.30am.
This is particularly beneficial to women who feel more comfortable being trained by women due to a variety of reasons.
Primal Combat can be located at: Unit 1, 8HE, Pump Hill, St. Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea.
Why not contact us to find out more? Call us on 01376 316126 or speak to your Co-ordinator.
Here are our latest participants who met last week.
We are very excited to be able to launch a brand new Maldon Welcome Cafe at the following address:
Suzie’s gift and tea shop room, 106 High St, Maldon,CM9 5ET. It is open between 10am – 4pm every Tuesday to Fridays. www.suzies110.com
Watch this space for more information.
Please be aware of our Easter closure. We will be closed Easter Friday, on 19th of April, and Easter Monday on 22nd of April. All our activities will return to normal on Tuesday 23rd of April. We look forward to seeing you all soon!
In the event of a crisis, please contact one of the following numbers:
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0800 9177 650
Samaritans: 116 123
Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212
Mind in West Essex: 01371 876 641
Mind in Mid and North Essex: 01206 764600
A reminder about the following Welcome Cafes going on in your area!
Witham Welcome Cafe:
Every second Tuesday of the month, 10-12pm at Witham URC Church. Come and meet our friendly group over a cup of coffee or tea.
South Woodham Ferrers Welcome Cafe:
Library, Trinity Square, CM3 5JU
Every fourth Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm, at South Woodham Ferrrers Library, Trinity Square. It is a chance to meet others and have a chat, even bring your children along for a play at the same time.
You can call 01376 316 126 for more information or speak to your Service Co-ordinator.
Image credit: Spotahome
We are very lucky to offer a Guitar workshop every Tuesday, 2-4pm at the Wickford Community Centre. We have a fantastic, enthusiastic and welcoming tutor to guide you.
If you have ever wanted to learn guitar or develop your existing skills, then please contact your Service Coordinator or call us on 01376 316126.
Photo Credit: New York Guitar School
Our inspirational staff and volunteers were recognised at an annual achievement awards on Tuesday 5th of February, as part of the New Years Honours awards, organised by Phoenix Futures, who are our partner charity.
We saw over 100 people attend a heart-warming and joyful ceremony at the St Bride Foundation in London. Staff voted for their colleagues to receive the awards on an online poll, and 12 trophies were presented to individuals and teams for a wide range of categories.
Futures in Mind were very excited to win two out of the four nominations: Unsung Hero award- to the person who works diligently behind the scenes and Partnership award, for their work with Essex Wildlife Trust, using nature to support recovery. Jane Slocombe, Service Manager for Futures in Mind said ‘We are massively proud…Our achievements are down to the dedication and hard work of all the team and volunteers’.
Karen Biggs, Phoenix Futures’ Chief Executive said at the event ‘We give the very best of ourselves to achieve our purpose…We use our inner strength, drive, passion, resilience and optimism, in order to support those who need it most in our communities’.
The event included performances from Running wi’ Scissors, in which ballads about overcoming addiction and personal challenges were sang amongst staff members in a sign of solidarity to shared goals within the organisation.
We are super excited about future plans for Futures in Mind! Well done all.
Below are just some of the photos of the event, including our ‘Unsung Hero’ Astra, Jane, our Service Manager, Jim our Lead Volunteer who works with Essex Wildlife Trust and our brilliant Service Co-ordinators Lyndsay and Annabelle.
Service users, Volunteers and Co-ordinators in and around West Essex, joined forces to celebrate Futures In Mind’s second birthday.
They met in a number of locations, in particular Harlow and Colchester, in order to share success stories over the past two years, as well as eat plenty of cake! The atmosphere was full of cheer and hope for the charity’s future.
Volunteering for us
If you would like to volunteer for us, please get in touch by calling 01376 316126.
We need a variety of volunteers in many different areas, no job is too small and any amount of time you can commit would be greatly appreciated.
A volunteer wishes us happy birthday
EWT Abotts Dates Poster-Jan-March
Please see poster for future Abbotts Hall project days. This is a great opportunity to have a day outdoors helping the Essex Wildlife Trust maintain their head site.