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.
Rochford Welcome Cafe will not be open on Thursday 10-12pm of this week, but a cuppa will be ready for you next week, same time!
Meet Penny, Ellie and Claire. These lovely ladies meet every second Thursday morning between 11am and 12.30, at the Temeraire pub in Saffron Walden.
They really want to grow their group even bigger so please get in touch if you would like to join them for a coffee! They said that meeting regularly has been a ‘life saver’ in keeping their mental health stable.
One person in the group recently had a back operation, meaning that she found it hard to get out. Claire their Peer support was able to ensure she kept her routine. They said that the group were now mutual friends and never saw their meet up as a chore, but something as part of their weekly routine to look forward to.
You can find out more about this group in the Peer Led Activities page of the website.
Allotment Colchester poster-updated
This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, meet new people and clear your head.