Mental Health Swims

by Rachel Kenny-Green in Sketty, Wales, United Kingdom

Total raised £1,595

raised so far

+ est. £245.50 Gift Aid



We need your help to grow the Mental Health Swims community and make it even more accessible and welcoming.

by Rachel Kenny-Green in Sketty, Wales, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 5th January 2021 we'd raised £1,545 with 63 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Mental Health Swims is a social enterprise tackling mental health stigma through the healing power of cold water and community. During lockdown we grew from one monthly meet to sixty and have peer support groups across the whole of the UK thanks to the help of our incredible team of volunteers. 

We offer safe spaces to people who live with mental health challenges to dip a toe in the water and feel the benefits of being with others outdoors. 

With your help we would be able to offer 

- Mental health first aid training for all our lovely swim hosts so they can confidently support those who are really struggling. 

- Online water safety courses to anyone who volunteers with Mental Health Swims because keeping safe in the water is our top priority. 

- Free introductions to cold water swimming with trained coaches so that participants feel confident about joining our peer support groups. 

Our most asked question is 'where is my nearest meet' and right now the answer isn't easy to give. This is because we have grown so quickly that we rely on social media and word of mouth but understand that social media is not for everyone and can be challenging for peoples mental health especially during a pandemic. A portion of the money raised would be used to create an online platform with the tools and resources that would be a hub for all things Mental Health Swims. It would allow us to work with talented experts who are specialists in accessibility. 

Thank you so much for your help! 


This project offered rewards

£20 or more

Webinar with wild swimmers

Join our webinar to hear stories from different people who use wild swimming to support their mental health.

£5 or more

A small amount goes a long way

We wish we could hug you to say thank you!

£10 or more

Feel good feeling

Gift yourself a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you really made a difference

£50 or more

Gifting kindness this Christmas

You will have access to the Webinar with wild swimmers and we will send a beautiful wild swimming Christmas card designed by Hermione Wild to whoever you choose to let them know that they have given a group of people living with mental health challenges a safe introduction to cold water.

£55 or more

Coaching session with Alex from Shore Coaching

A 1:1 coaching session with Alex an experienced life coach. For more information check out @alexshorecoaching on instagram

£60 or more

Half day Mental Health First Aid

A half day course in Mental Health First aid with Danny Kearney

£70 or more

Swim with a mermaid at Clevedon Marine Lake

Summer 2021 when the waters warmer - Have a mermaid adventure with Lindsey Cole the author and illustrator of 'The Mermaid and the Cow' You can wear a mermaid tale and swim around Clevedon Marine Lake. You will also get her book to take away.

£9 or more

The little wild swimming book

The lovely people at @thelittlewildswimmingbook have kindly donated 12 of their beautiful books.

£25 or more

1-2-1 private yoga zoom session

Our amazing swim host Hayley has kindly donated five private hour long yoga sessions.

£40 or more

Beach clean Cymru art work

A beautiful blue heart made from plastic collected on the beach by @beachcleancymru

£50 or more

1:1 coaching session with Rowan

Cool ???? Swim under the Clevedon’s iconic pier or in marine lake with this coached one-to-one. You might want help with your swimming technique, to learn about the awesome tides at Clevedon, or to learn how to acclimatise to winter swimming. Your coach will be Rowan Clarke. Rowan is an experienced outdoor swimmer and qualified open water swimming coach.

£100 or more

We swim wild adventure

A watery adventure in snowdonia for two with an amazing local guide

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