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.
Please see below the Christmas opening days for Futures in Mind.
We want to make sure we can keep you feeling happy and contented even without us here.
Monday 24th December – Normal Opening Hours
Tuesday 25th December – Closed
Wednesday 26th December – Closed
Thursday 27th December – Normal Opening Hours
Friday 28th December – Normal Opening Hours
Monday 31st December – Normal Opening hours
For emergencies please contact:-
The Samaritans – 116 123
NHS ( non-emergency) – 111
Emergency Services – 999
SANEline – 0300 304 7000 ( 4.30pm – 10.30pm)
Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 9177 650
Narcotics Anonymous – 0300 999 1212
Unfortunately the ever popular guitar group is now closed for Christmas. However it re-opens on the 8/1/19.
This group runs every Tuesday 2-4pm, by an experienced tutor who supports and teaches all abilities. It is a great way to make new friends, refresh or learn new skills in a fun, relaxed environment.
We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!
Photo Credit: New York Guitar School
Keep Learning with ACL
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing, actions set out by the New Economics Foundation to improve mental wellbeing are:
- Take Notice
- Keep Learning
- Be Active
What does recovery look like for you?
Recovery is such an individual thing. Whether it’s through nature, arts or sports we can find a way that suits us. Here is just one example of the arts produced in recovery.
You think I’m happy but all you see,
Is the mask I wear on the outside of me.
You see the smile and her the laugh, but you don’t see the tears that could fill my bath.
Yet when I’m honest and say I feel bad,
When I say I’m angry or that I’m sad.
Some of you don’t get it and some just look away,
Because Vonny my dear isn’t acting herself no not today.
Mental health isn’t understood for silent tears are cried,
But you see these scars upon my skin they tell you I survived.
These are my battle scars and the words I say are true,
This life may have chopped me down but yes my friend I grew!