by jm00747 in Guildford

We did it
On 10th December 2015 we successfully raised £564 with 9 supporters in 42 days

We are students from the MSc in Entrepreneurship at the University of Surrey, who are helping local charity Oakleaf Enterprise raise  a...

by jm00747 in Guildford

New stretch target

This project is supported by: 



      University of Surrey       Wonderful Things Happen Here!





      4A North St, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4AA




     Meet the Greek

     Meat The Greek provides the traditional tastes of Greece

     such as Souvlaki and Yeeros.

     15 Chapel St, Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UL



     Modern Men 

             Modern Men is a brand new barbershop on campus offering excellent haircuts and outstanding service to students and University staff at a reasonable price. It is located in the Enterprise Studio between Unitemps and Santander and it is open for you every Tuesday and Wednesday 11am-7pm.  




LOVE LIFE, LOVE KFC!Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken . It is the world's second largest restaurant chain (as measured by sales). The company is a subsidiary of Yum!

  Address: 264 High Street,Guildford    Tel: 01483 532791   Opening Hours:    Mon to Fri 10:30am - 11pm   Sat 10:30am - 2am   Sun 10:30am - midnight  

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Who are we?

We are students from the MSc in Entrepreneurship at the University of Surrey, who are helping local charity Oakleaf Enterprise raise  a minimum of £500 towards the art workshop they run for people suffering with mental ill-health in the community.

Oakleaf is the only mental health charity in Surrey working as a social enterprise to provide vocational training for those suffering from mental health issues. They offer training in horticulture, upholstery, IT and print finishing, enabling people to acquire new skills and ultimately return to work. Alongside these they offer a range of Social Inclusion Activities that cater towards building confidence, physical health and wellbeing. Through their placement at Oakleaf, clients are able to gain up-to-date qualifications, practical experience and increase their confidence levels. Oakleaf also operates as a social enterprise, selling high quality upholstery, gardening and print finishing and fulfilment services at competitive rates.


What is Mental Health?

The estimated population for Surrey is 1.1million, with 681,000 adults of working age. Out of this number, more than 80,000 people in the County, have mental health needs. Out of Guildford, Waverley and Woking’s population of 214,900 18-64 year olds, it is estimated that 19,242 of these people suffer mixed depression and anxiety. Some people do recover, as they respond well to treatment and medication without too much damage to their emotional, social and working life.

Mental health problems can be present in a wide variety of ways, depending upon the individual and circumstances. It is difficult to define what is ‘normal’, other than to use an individual’s usual behaviour as a point of comparison. Changes in people’s mood and personality can provide important indicators as to how they are feeling. Unusual mood swings or social withdrawal might, for example, provide some indication that the person is experiencing some degree of emotional distress.The information below describes the differing types of mental illness and provides links to other sources of information. 

Oakleaf exists to help people who are less fortunate and find their road to recovery more difficult to achieve. Finding and keeping a job is an important aspect of the recovery process and ensuring the right support is provided is vital.

How can art therapy benefit Mental Health?

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. — Pablo Picasso

Painting is one of the activities of art therapy which can help clients to relax, express themselves, relieve stress and improve their self-esteem. Painting brings on a flow of creative ideas, which can help stimulate and rebuild confidence.

Julian, one of the clients, who is currently attending the art workshops at Oakleaf also came up with his own creative idea to place tissue on his painting in order to make it look more vivid. 

There are many benefits to art therapy; more significantly it helps clients gain social approval and recognition through the creation and presentation of their work. By supporting a project like this, we hope to also help end the discrimination, fear and misunderstanding of mental illness in our communities, and increase better awareness of good mental health.


Why do we need your suport? 

There is no quick fix with mental illness. It takes time and significant resources to help someone who, as a result of their condition, is unable to cope with the activities of daily living, is isolated and in despair, to being able to look after themselves properly, take part in social activities, be an active member of their community and hold down a job.

£500 will be invested in the art workshop, offering new painting tools, materials and equipment. Your generosity can make a big difference. We will be greatly appreciative if you would join us in raising awareness of better mental health in our community and be equally grateful if you shared this project via social media.


The launching event 


The first stand event in library:

Paintings from Oakleaf's clients:


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

The Shout-out on Twitter and Facebook

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you E-mail

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A thank you E-postcard

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Free invitation to Oakleaf centre and meet and greet the team member

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A painting from Oakleaf clients.

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