Our staff have raised over one thousand pounds for local mental health charities during a wellbeing week in memory of colleague who died last year.
Staffordshire Housing Group held a week of activities, mental health sessions and fundraising in their first Wellbeing Week, in November 2018.
The week took place on what would have been Head of Marketing and Communications, Sandra Barber’s, 55th birthday. After battling with severe anxiety and depression, she tragically took her own life in May last year.
Now, the Group has raised £1163, which was split between two mental health charities, North Staffs Mind and Changes.
Diane Lea, the Group’s Chief Executive, said: “Sandra spent nearly 20 years of her working life with us and believed so strongly in our cause. She had bucket loads of passion, enthusiasm, ideas and creative thoughts that have defined who we are as a company today. We felt the best thing we could in her memory was to annually have a range of activities that helped us focus on our personal well-being.
“We chose to support Mind and Changes, as these are two local charities doing great work to directly support people with their mental health.”
Staff from across the organisation had a say in what type of activities they wanted to see during the week and ideas to raise money. During the week staff had the chance to take part in singing classes, dance classes, yoga sessions, cake decorating, mediation, Nordic walking and gym sessions. As well as sessions on how to spot mental health issues in yourself and others and how to approach someone you think might need a little extra help or support.
Caroline Scol, Younger Mind Counselling Service Manager at North Staffs Mind, said: “This fundraising donation will make a real difference and enable us to carry on the good work that we do, serving the local people of North Staffordshire.
“North Staffs Mind supports children, young people and adults through counselling and other therapeutic support. We receive up to 2,500 referrals a year for children & young people and 1500 referrals from adults within the adult service. We also have other projects as well as supported housing for Adults with long term diagnosed Mental Health needs.”
Dave Wheat, CEO of Changes said “An amazing effort from all involved and a fitting tribute to a much-loved colleague. Staffordshire faces some challenging times ahead and this donation will help Changes to continue to support those most in need.”