It’s less than a week until Made for Giving 2019! We’d love to introduce you to another one of the wonderful artists who will be exhibiting their work. Meet Caryl Hallet… [Read more…]
We’re looking for trustees to join the Wellspring team!
Wellspring is a charity based in Starbeck, North Yorkshire that offers affordable counselling and training to adults and young people. We are passionate about enabling adults & young people to find healing and seeing them move towards positive emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Our mission is to provide affordable therapeutic support to people in the Harrogate district suffering with emotional distress, and good mental health training to the public. We know our work saves and transforms lives.
The charity was founded in 2003 and has steadily grown over the years. Since moving into our new premises in August 2018, our services have continued to expand to meet the needs of the community.
Volunteers play an important role at Wellspring. We have around 25 volunteer counsellors and over 15 other roles. The growing staff team is led by our Executive Director, who is supported by service leads and who make up Wellspring’s management team.
The charity is overseen by a Board of Trustees who meet 4-6 times a year with the Executive Director. Wellspring has a team of dedicated trustees with a variety of skills. We are looking for new trustees to join our energetic Board and help steer the charity and shape its future as we continue to grow and develop our services.
At the heart of all our activity are our Christian ethos and values. These inform and motivate the decisions made by the trustees and management team. We offer our counselling and training services to all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background and to people of any faith or none. However, because of our Christian ethos we believe that every young person and adult in the Harrogate district matters to God, which leads us to do everything we can to provide the support they need.
If you are a Christian, passionate about good mental health and enabling people to find hope, and motivated to help a local charity make a big difference then we would like to hear from you.
For more info or to express your interest, please contact Emily Fullarton: email@example.com.
It’s time for another sneak peak of some artwork in the run up to Made for Giving next month. Let us know if you’re coming over on our Facebook event page. Today we’re introducing Fiona Mazza, another one of the talented artists who will be exhibiting and selling her work at Made for Giving…
I work with ceramics. Nature inspires my work, mainly focussing on the beautiful world of butterflies. I strongly believe that creativity really does help people and I have worked with all different groups teaching ceramics. I see the enjoyment people get from trying something new.
Enjoy browsing more of these stunning ceramics made by Fiona Mazza at Made for Giving, 8th, 9th November at St Peter’s Church in Harrogate town centre.
(See our last post to read about artist, Julie Procter…)
Our Made for Giving event is coming up next month, so we thought we’d give you a little sneak peak of some of the artists’ work. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some words from the artists themselves on what inspires their work and how they view the link between creativity and mental health. Today we’re introducing Julie Procter…
I layer my artwork, using collage, acrylic paints then pastels, followed by a fixative to seal. Nature inspires me. Nature calms me. I take photos of what I see and like, then recreate the image in my style. I definitely see a link between creativity and mental health. Creative self-expression releases emotional blockages. There is then a sense of freedom to live and laugh again.
Come along to Made for Giving to see more of Julie’s work and the work of some other fantastic artists! Friday 8th November (Preview from 7-9pm) and Saturday 9th November (from 10am-4pm.) Invite your friends and let us know that you’re coming on our Facebook event page.
Last week, we received a £200 donation from Harrogate Town footballer, Brendan Kiernan.
He decided to make Wellspring his charity of choice, donating his £200 prize from Man of the Match last Saturday. (You may have seen the match live on BT Sport.)
We’re so grateful for Brendan’s support and we love his passion for raising awareness of mental health, particularly in the world of football. We had a chat with him to find out more…
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into football?
I got into football aged 7, playing outside my house with my mates. It just started out as a bit of fun and as I got older I got more serious about it. I really enjoy winning a tough match and being part of the key moments in a game. It’s also great to have a laugh with the team in the changing room.
Why do you think mental health awareness matters? And what’s the conversation like within the world of football?
I care about raising awareness, because everyone has tough days and looking after your mental wellbeing is so important. At the moment in the football, there’s a lot more awareness about it than ever before. Sometimes people may be worried about seeming weak if they need support, but now people in football are starting to talk more openly about it and that makes it easier for people to reach out. There are players out there struggling and places like Wellspring can help people talk.
What advice would you give to young people and adults who might be struggling with their mental health?
I’d say that talking is a great tool for dealing with challenges. And places like Wellspring create that space to talk. I’d say ‘space’ is key. Our lives can be quite busy and so you might not feel like you have that space anywhere else.
Looking after your mind can be like a football match. Ultimately you don’t win unless you work with your teammates, you can’t win alone. It’s the same in life – some things you can’t do alone. So don’t feel like you’ve failed if you ask for help. Everyone has good and bad days and just like your physical wellbeing it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing.
Wellspring offers professional, confidential and affordable counselling for adults and young people. Find out more here.