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Suffolk Mind allotment project changes the life of volunteer

A project run by Suffolk Mind has changed the life of a volunteer who’s suffered from depression for the last nine years.  

Mike Bourne who’s 52, began volunteering for Suffolk Mind four years ago at one of its ecotherapy allotment projects which are based across the county. Since then, he’s gained more confidence, “I was just sitting at home 24 hours a day not doing anything but watching TV. One day I woke up and thought I need to get out and start doing something, so that’s when I joined the allotment project.

 “I joined as a volunteer because, as well as helping myself, I wanted to help others who are going through what I did. You meet friends, and learn how to grow things. From growing something from a little seed to putting it on your dinner plate is incredible; it’s a real achievement when you’ve looked after it for so long.

Mike continued, “The ecotherapy project is just fantastic and it’s changed my life completely. I now go out more, and am more confident in every way”.

Suffolk Mind has allotment projects in Hadleigh, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. Each site offers people the opportunity to learn about gardening and contribute to the creation of a thriving growing space that benefits everyone. People can also make new friends and get support from other group members.

Sarah Manton-Roseblade, Ecotherapy Manager said: “Getting outdoors into the fresh air, gently increasing activity and working alongside others is great for your physical and mental wellbeing. It helps people to meet some of their emotional needs like feeling part of a community, achieving something new and having meaning and purpose in their life.

“At Suffolk Mind, we want to make Suffolk the best place in the world for taking about and taking care of mental health, and this project helps us to work towards achieving our mission”.

Suffolk Mind is currently looking for people to volunteer at each allotment project across Suffolk. For more details, email info@suffolkmind.org.uk or call 0300 111 6000.

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 17th October 2018

Suffolk Mind launch new ‘Bake Off’ style fundraising event on World Mental Health Day

Suffolk Mind, has launched a new and exciting ‘Bake Off’ style fundraising event on World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10th October 2018).

Inspired by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, we want to encourage people to stretch themselves and take on a new baking challenge, perhaps trying something a little more adventurous than normal, or something they haven’t baked before.

To get involved you just need a group of people – they can be experienced bakers, first time cake makers or enthusiastic tasters – to bake delicious treats. You then each download a score sheet which people can donate £1 (or however much they like) towards and then the bakes can be rated on taste, looks and creativity.

You can do it any time or day throughout the year – it doesn’t just need to be held on World Mental Health Day. We’re hoping events will raise awareness of the help available at Suffolk Mind, raise money to support our services and encourage people to think about their own wellbeing, over a slice of cake.

Marketing Co-ordinator, Ellie Dunn said: “We really want to get workplaces, schools families or friends involved in raising awareness of mental health, whilst having a little bit of fun along the way”.

“Being part of the Suffolk Mind Bake Off is good for mental wellbeing; helping people to meet their emotional needs. It offers you a sense of achievement, meaning and purpose as well as helping you to feel part of a community”.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year and Suffolk Mind works across the mental health continuum, offering help and support to everyone.

Ellie Dunn continued: “At Suffolk Mind our mission is to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health, and without people fundraising for us, we won’t be able to achieve this.

“Money raised goes towards improving our services so more people across Suffolk and beyond can get the help and support they need.”

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 10th October 2018

Suffolk Mind to recruit new volunteer trustees

Suffolk Mind is recruiting new trustee volunteers to govern the organisation and help make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.

Suffolk Mind are currently diversifying and growing their income, making the most of the prestigious Heritage and Wellbeing Centre, Quay Place in Ipswich, and finding ways to enable as many people as possible, right across the county, to look after themselves and others around them.

A trustee at Suffolk Mind is responsible for the governance of the organisation, the delivery of safe and high quality services and keeping financial accounts, and safeguarding the assets of the charity.

Nigel Suckling, Chair of trustees said: “It’s an exciting time to join Suffolk Mind; we are looking for people who understand our ambition for the future and will be as excited as us about the potential we see ahead. Our Board is committed to ensuring that we stay at the forefront of best practice of strong and effective governance.

“No specific qualifications are required to be a trustee but you should have relevant expertise or experience which will enable you to make a positive contribution to the work of our board”.

During 2017-2018 Suffolk Mind delivered services to over 1100 people in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The organisation works right across the continuum, from well being to ‘severe and enduring’ mental ill health, providing support and information for everyone.

A drop-in recruitment afternoon will be held between 3pm and 7pm on 11th October, for people to find out more about becoming a trustee at Suffolk Mind.

Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 3rd October 2018

Ipswich Town footballer helps Suffolk Mind raise awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day

Ipswich Town footballer, Jordan Spence will be supporting Suffolk Mind on World Suicide Prevention Day (Monday 10th September) by attending events at Quay Place in Ipswich to raise awareness of the issue.


Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 7th September 2018

Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund visits award winning Quay Place in Ipswich

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), visited to Quay Place this week.

Along with the Head of HLF in East of England, Robyn Llewellyn, he learnt about the exciting projects staff at Quay Place have been working on and the impact National Lottery funding has had. These include an upcoming exhibition about Henry and Alice Tooley, who contributed much of their wealth to the people of Ipswich. (more…)

Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 22nd August 2018

Suffolk Mind teams up with Ipswich Town Football Club to raise awareness of mental health

Suffolk Mind has joined forces with Ipswich Town Football Club to shine a spotlight on mental health.

The club has released a video which includes high profile Ipswich town players like captain Luke Chambers and new manager Paul Hurst, explaining how ‘together we can all make a difference’.


Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 2nd August 2018

Suffolk Mind trustee and supporter complete 100 mile bike ride for charity

Two people, a trustee and a Suffolk Mind supporter have cycled 100 miles to raise money for the mental health charity.

Dr Nicky Ridgeway and Julian Tyndale-Biscoe took part in Prudential RideLondon, the greatest festival of cycling in the world, over the weekend (28th/29th July) to raise money for Suffolk Mind. 


Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 1st August 2018

Suffolk Mind Trustee takes on 100-mile bike ride for charity

A trustee of Suffolk Mind is cycling 100 miles to raise money to help people with mental health difficulties. 

Julian Tyndale-Biscoe is taking part in Prudential RideLondon, the greatest festival of cycling in the world. He will be setting off on 29th July 2018 on his dad’s bike to raise money for Suffolk Mind and Mind nationally. Prudential RideLondon was developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013. It’s to encourage more healthy and active travel across the capital. 


Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 14th June 2018

Suffolk Mind Housing Project is rated outstanding

A housing project run by Suffolk Mind has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

An inspection was carried out at Montrose House in Ipswich on 12th April 2018 where its rating was upgraded from good, after a previous inspection in 2015. 


Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 11th June 2018

Suffolk Mind celebrates Suffolk Day with Suffolk Storytelling

Suffolk Mind is joining celebrations across the county on Suffolk Day, by hosting a free storytelling event in Ipswich. 

The charity is hoping to enchant children and adults with stories of magical creatures, sword fighting princesses and the Suffolk version of Rumpelstiltskin. There will also be a special guest in the form of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, who will star in Elmer’s Big Parade Trail across Ipswich in the summer of 2019. 


Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 8th June 2018

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