I started the charity as a Facebook chat group for people suffering with Mental health in May 17 ,within weeks it grew and had over 1000 members all sharing their stories and the lack of support there was in our area. I myself have suffered since the age of 24 with anxiety and depression and have been on medication the last 24 years. My father took his own life when i was 15yrs old too.
Helping others grew so fast and by august 17 we became a charity, myself and friends raised money for 2 years nearly till we had enough money to be able to open the charity shop and put a support service in place on a drop in basis. We opened our doors in June 19 and have gone from strength to strength.
The public donate household goods to us of which we have a paid worker and volunteer whom pick up and deliver to the community. We have a great team of volunteers whom some are beneficiaries and work very hard . We also have a paid manager who runs the shop and provides information to the public in need to the correct professionals and teams.
Our vision is to be able to support the community even more by putting on a service to help disabled and elderly with their shopping, doctors appointments, hospitals etc. In our town we don't have a one to one service like this as there is only one taxi service that is able to ferry disabled passengers. The money raised would go towards purchasing an adapted vehicle to put this project into practise.
Helping others have supported the community over the past year by delivering food parcels to the shielding and isolated, residential homes and supported living have all received biscuits, Easter eggs, tins of sweets ,we have also done surprise nominated calls dressed as elf's, soldiers. We always aim to satisfy the community.