Last Thursday I was very kindly invited to the Dorset Mind Coffee and Cake morning event at Rick Stein in Sandbanks. This sold out event was packed full of inspiration people who support this fantastic charity, many of whom were willing to share their stories and experiences, the rest of us in the room were there to listen, learn and be inspired.
Firstly, the venue itself was fab! I’d never been to this Rick Stein restaurant before, but had heard great things. And it did not disappoint. Set just a stones throw away from the gorgeous Sandbanks beaches, even on a wet, dreary Thursday morning it was very picturesque. But what made the venue so great was the staff, who were very helpful and genuinely seemed to be interested in the cause.
I spent the first half an hour or so chatting with some of the Dorset Mind team, chatting with other bloggers who’d been invited along and tucking into a tasty piece of carrot cake, sipping a cup of tea.
Dorset Mind patron Dr Andy Mayers stood at the front of the room and said a few moving words about Dorset Mind, and gave a brief introduction into the work he does.
Next up to speak was AFC Bournemouth recruitment scout Andy Howe, who recently became an ambassador for Dorset Mind, be sure to check out his latest interview with Dorset Mind for #TimetoTalk day here: Andy Howe Interview
Lastly up to talk was youth ambassador Calvin Glen, who gave a 15 minute talk about his personal struggles and experiences with mental health. You could hear a pin drop, everybody in the room was so engrossed in what he had to say. Calvin gave a very moving, yet comical speech, and it’s great to see how this amazing charity has changed his life.
Of course we were all there to learn, but also to raise money. To round off the morning there was a raffle, all of the prizes had been generously donated by local businesses, from holiday vouchers, spa treatments, well-being books and more. I actually won and came away with some teeth whitening toothpaste and a facial treatment, result!
A total of £614.22 was raised from the event, which will help with their vital work.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for Dorset Mind for inviting me along to this brilliant event, it was a really educational and enjoyable event, and as someone who struggled for many years with my own mental health, and have family and friends who are currently dealing with their own mental health it was really important to me to come along and show my support. Dorset Mind is a charity I genuinely care about, having personally raised money for in them past, I plan to continue supporting this important charity.
About Dorset Mind
Pioneering mental health charity Dorset Mind educates, challenges stigma and inequality, and promotes recovery by empowering individuals to develop resilience. They shape futures and shape lives. Dorset Mind runs support groups and an accredited one-to-one befriending service that helps people regain confidence and social skills. The charity also provides mental health programs for schools called Dorset Mind Your Head that supports young people, parents and teachers. As well as LGBTQ+ support groups for Mind Out.
Dorset Mind’s game-changing workplace training program, Dorset Mind Works, helps employers support employees, shape culture and benefit profitability.
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