By Liz Greenwood, Community Partnerships Fund Adviser
I’m so excited to share that we’ve raised an amazing £6m for our national charity partners, Mind, SAMH and Inspire!
I want to say a big thank you to everyone that has dressed up, set themselves a challenge, created events or donated to help us raise these funds. Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible. I and our charity partners can’t thank you enough for your continued support.
Here’s a video our charity partners filmed to say thank you, and tell you about how we’re fundraising in August:
Get into the festival spirit
We’re well on our way to hitting our fundraising target of £8m. And this week colleagues across the Co-op will take centre stage to raise money for Mind, SAMH and Inspire.
We’re getting into the festival spirit by channelling our inner rock star and dressing up as our favourite band, showcasing our best festival fashion, and creating fun fundraising festivals that represent our local communities.
We’d love you to get involved! So grab your wellies, put on your sparkliest festival outfit and check out the digital fundraising guide and downloadable materials on the colleague website.
It’s not just our colleagues that are taking part. Together, Biotiful, Kleenex and McVities will each donate £25,000 to be shared between Mind, SAMH and Inspire. All brand products can be found instore from 25 August – 14 September.
Funding new services
Did you know that one in four people experience a mental health problem each year in the UK? And Mind has reported that more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people saw their mental health deteriorate during lockdown.
Because of you, our partnership with Mind, SAMH and Inspire is funding new services across the UK designed to build resilience to support mental wellbeing. Some services are already up and running with more to rollout later this year. Thanks to everyone’s fundraising efforts so far, at least 10,000 people who may not otherwise get support will be helped by these services.
In this video Germane and Macy chat about two of our pilot services – No Gimmicks, Straight Lyrics, which support young black men in Lambeth to develop coping strategies through lyric writing, and The Hive, a service which supports young people to build resilience through creative activity and peer support in Tameside. And in this story you can find out about Rainbow Minds, who are teaching self-care and mindfulness skills to address the mental health needs of LGBT youth.
Your own mental health is so important
There’s lots of support available on anything from mental wellbeing to financial help. Don’t forget you can access support 24/7 through Lifeworks, our confidential 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme on 0800 069 8854.
As lockdown eases, why not take a look at Co-operate? It’s our online community centre that helps people come together to make good things happen. There are thousands of groups across the UK that you can join or support and a handy guide to help you create your own wellbeing activity in your local community. Get involved at co-operate.coop.co.uk.