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30th April 2020

Another week – another newsletter!

We hope that you have had a good week. Did you, or any or your team, take part in the 2.6 Challenge at the weekend? If so, we would love to hear from you. Enterprise Holdings took part and we are covering their story below.
This week we are also highlighting one of the critical services that we provide, as well as putting a face to the name of our External Training Co-ordinator. 
Any feedback on this newsletter? Are you or your organisation fundraising for us? 
We would love to hear from you. [email protected]

Meet Jess – Our External Training Co-Ordinator


Jess has been with us here at Mind in Somerset since 2014. She has carried out various roles and   currently co-ordinates all of our external training offers – as well as delivering training directly herself. Over the last few weeks Jess has done an amazing job of putting all of our external training online. You can find out more HERE. 
Do get in touch with Jess directly if you would like to discuss our Corporate Training offer – including our new Employee Assistance Programme. 

FREE Community Learning Programme extended

We are delighted to announce that we have extended our FREE Community Learning programme in partnership with Somerset Skills and Learning. The new programme (which is all easily accessible online) includes:-

Mindfulness for Anxiety Reduction and Relaxation
Emotion Coaching and Parental Support – building Emotional Resilience
The Happiness Project – exploring what makes us happy and how we can maximise our potential for happiness.
These courses are LIVE and are happening over the next few weeks – so make sure you secure your place.

Find out more and book

Service Profile – Somerset Wellbeing Friends

Since April 2019 we have been running the Somerset Wellbeing Friends project in towns across the County. The aim of the project is to reduce isolation and loneliness which has a real impact on the physical and mental health of  individuals. The FREE two-hour long sessions look at a different area of wellbeing each week and how individuals can work to improve their overall wellbeing using life management skills.  One of our service users had this to say about the group: 

‘It’s one of the few things that gets me out of the house, I love coming here.’

Under the current lockdown restrictions we have had to change the way that we deliver this project and are now offering online group sessions via Zoom to enable us to continue to connect with and support the members of the groups. This has posed some challenges and has been a steep learning curve for the Support Workers delivering the sessions however the importance of maintaining the support that we offer was clear at this time of uncertainty and enforced change. 

Find out more

Retirement of the Time to Change Employers Pledge


On 21 April 2020, Time to Change announced the retirement of the Time to Change Employer Pledge. 

Employers wanting to improve attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health within their organisations have until 9am on 18 May 2020 to apply to become a Time to Change Pledged Employer and submit their action plan.

While applications to the Pledge will close in May 2020, a package of ongoing support will be provided to Pledged Employers until the end of the year. The Time to Change Employers Team will continue to offer support to pledged employers through free Train the Trainer Champion training, invitations to Masterclass events and the production of campaign activity packs until the end of December 2020.

Find out more

SASP provide FREE activity packs during lockdown

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) has launched an Active at Home Pack for older people and those with long term health conditions who may be self-isolating, shielding or spending a lot of time at home. The packs which contains an elastic resistance band (latex), a helpful booklet with exercise instructions and a self-isolating sticker which can be stuck on your window or door to let people know you are self-isolating.

Jake Hannis, Senior Operations Manager of SASP says; “We understand it can be difficult to keep active when having to stay at home. This is especially the case for older people and those with long term health conditions, as they do not all have access to digital content to become active, which other adults and young people are currently accessing. It is, however, important to move more for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. We have been so pleased with the positive response that this initiative has had, and we hope our packs help in small ways to some of the residents of Somerset”.

Find out more

…….and finally


ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS smash the 2.6 Challenge for Mind in Somerset

We have been blown away by the efforts of the team at ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS who took part in the 2.6 challenge at the weekend!  From holding a plank for 2.6 minutes (!) to taking your old (but lovely) dog for a 2.6 mile walk – with everything in between (including making and eating 26 pieces of sushi!!) We have yet to find out how much the 2.6 challenge raised for Mind in Somerset, but – in the meantime….,.




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