Heads Up would like to say a big thank you to Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre for generously donating funds that they raised when participating in the Frome half marathon on 19th July 2015.
One World Event in Wells Town Hall. Mental Health Awareness Day is on October 10th this year and we will be in a designated area for Mental Health Charities. The day will run from 10am until 4pm. There will be all kinds of entertainment for all tastes and lots of stalls selling wonderful fare! We really hope you will make it on the day and we look forward to meeting you.
We are thrilled to have been chosen as Wells Cathedral's chosen charity for September.
Between Tuesday Sept 1st and Mon Sept 14th donations taken via the charity collection boxes inside the Cathedral will be donated to Heads Up.
A team from Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre took part in the Frome Half Marathon in aid of Heads Up last month. We would like to express our sincerest thanks for their on-going support throughout the year.
As soon as we have the final total of sponsorship raised this page will be updated.
We would like to thank local hardware store Whitings for supporting us by giving us a discount on a recent purchase. As a charity we are always very appreciative of such support.
Huge thanks to Steve Cleaver and Steve Glascott who ran the Cork City Marathon recently in aid of Heads Up They both took on this challenge in memory of founding Trustee Sean O'Callaghan .
We are incredibly grateful to them for offering to raise money for us in this way, our thanks also to the Royal Mail Charities Trust for adding to their sponsorship which together resulted in a huge donation.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that they collectively raised £975.00!
Thank you very much on behalf of everyone here at Heads Up.
Karen, Andy and Jamie Street very generously provided wonderful jazz music for anyone to come and enjoy free of charge at Heads Up last Saturday. Their amazing talent was greatly appreciated by those who came along, every seat was filled and the tea and cake was much enjoyed! We had perfect weather which was a great blessing.
Donations offered for refreshments totalled £47.60 which will go towards our work with those living with mental health issues and other difficulties. Thank you for your support.
Karen and family would love to organise another Jazz Afternoon in the near future and would like to hear from you if you are interested in coming along and supporting this event.
Please contact Karen on 01749 673936 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively contact Sadie at Heads Up or email on email@example.com
Somerset Choices is a new website that aims to help people help themselves stay independent, healthy and well. It will put people in control of their care and wellbeing and give them more choice when it comes to who provides their care and support.
Visit the site here: www.somersetchoices.org.uk
The new website guides people through self-help forms, provides easy access to information and a directory of local services, products, groups and events in their local area. Such as care homes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups and breaks for carers.
There will be promotional activity to raise awareness of Somerset Choices including newspaper and radio advertising and events across the county.
The event dates and locations are:
Saturday 18th July - Chard Town Centre
Saturday 25th July - Clarks Village in Street
Saturday 1st August - Taunton Town Centre
Saturday 8th August - Bridgwater Town Centre
Saturday 5th September - Minehead Town Centre
Friday 11th September - Shepton Mallet Town Centre
Wednesday 16 September - Wells Town Centre
Friday 25 September - Yeovil Town Centre
Saturday 26 September - Junction 24 in Bridgwater
Anyone who attends the event can talk to a member of the team about Somerset Choices and what it will offer and try the site out. The Somerset Choices website has been developed by Somerset County Council, in partnership with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.
Andy & Karen Street (organisers of the Horrington Fair) invite you to a relaxed afternoon of live music this coming Saturday, 18th July from 2pm - 4pm.
Refreshments will be on sale from which proceeds will be donated to Heads Up.
Do come along on and join us and help to make this an enjoyable and successful afternoon. Future Jazz Afternoons may follow depending on the success of the event this Saturday so please support us!
Heads Up is located at Upper Breach, South Horrington, Wells, BA5 3QG.
Please see the map on our Home Page for directions.
If you require further details or are able to help in any way, please contact Karen on 01749 673936.
Recently, our staff attended the South West Adult Learners Award ceremony in Weston Super Mare after being nominated for 'Best Project' by Somerset Skills & Learning. We were honoured to go on to win this award and are incredibly proud to have our ongoing dedication and hard work recognised.
Widening Participation Co-ordinator for SS&L, Andy Norris, provided the following press release:
Adult Learners Award Winners
Heads Up a charity based in South Horrington that provides adult learning opportunities for individuals recovering from mental health issues won the prestigious Adult Learners Award for the South West best project category. The event took place on Western Pier on Thursday 4th of June hosted by the CEO of Learning South West Paula Jones.
The award was presented by former England Cricketer Andy Caddic and Laura Rawlings from BBC Bristol.
It was a huge achievement for this group that deliver high quality learning opportunities to some of the most vulnerable members of our community in partnership with Somerset Skills&Learning Community Learning Partnership Team. The group have also been invited by SS&L to be a lead partner in the national pilot Mental Health Project to research the impact of learning in the rehabilitation and prevention of mild to moderate mental health issues. Bridget Harvey the Service Director for the charity said:
“This is a major achievement and reward for all the hard work and dedication of our team of staff and volunteers involved at the charity. We are all looking forward to researching and measuring the impact of our work in this new national project”
If you are interested in volunteering at the project contact Lynne Staniforth 01749 670667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have invited Stewart Gould from the Somerton Beekeepers Association to come and give us a talk NEXT THURSDAY 16th July at 10.30am.
Everyone is welcome to this free talk so do make a note in your diary and bring your friends along too! The talk will be held in the Meeting Room here at Heads Up and we last around 45 minutes.
Stewart will give a very interesting and informative talk and will be very happy to answer your questions afterwards.
We look forward to welcoming you!
It is with great disappointment that I have to report that we did not get allocated any funding from Jewsons (Building Better Communities) in order to make our healing garden accessible to all.
I was very hopeful as we were the only applicant to be selected in the final stage for the whole of the South West...however, the closing date has passed and awards were given out last week.
If anyone has any suggestions or advice about any possible funding we might be able to apply for in order to proceed with our plans to make our garden accessible to everyone regardless of their level mobility, please do get in touch with us!
Thank you so much to all of you who supported us during this time.
We are delighted to have been awarded a 'This is a Wildlife Garden' plaque from the Somerset Wildlife Trust! This plaque shows our commitment to local wildlife and is proudly displayed at the entrance to our Healing Garden.
In order to obtain our plaque we needed to consider the basic needs of life which fell into four categories. These categories were food, shelter, water and breeding places. Photographic evidence was required of at least six of the given features as specified by The Wildlife Trust, these were taken by our garden team and submitted to The Wildlife Trust with our application form.
Full details of the process and specific requirements we met in order to obtain our plaque can be read by clicking on the following link: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/garden_plaque
We are very proud to declare our garden an official Wildlife Garden. Thank you Somerset Wildlife Trust!
Our thanks to Protec of Wells for kindly supplying with a new kettle! It will be much used and appreciated. Thank you.
On Thursday 4th June some of our team went to the Adult Learner's Week 2015 awards ceremony in Weston Super Mare. It was a wonderful evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We were absolutely delighted to receive a reward in recognition of our commitment to lifelong learning.
Our thanks goes to Mr Andy Norris from Somerset Skills & Learning who nominated us for this amazing award.
Pictured below are: Keith Peters (Woodwork Tutor) Bridget Harvey (Heads Up Manager) Sally Dempsey (Pottery Tutor) Andy Norris (Somerset Skills & Learning) Lee-Anne Bone (Garden Coordinator)
We were the ONLY project in the South West region to be selected!
As promised here is an update following today's visit by Jewson's Radstock Branch Manager, Steve Wheeler. Steve came to visit this morning to gather more details about our bid for funding to make our garden accessible to all. He was very interested in all the work we have done, and continue to do, and now has all the information he needs to submit our application to the decision makers who will allocate funding as appropriate.
I was thrilled when he said we are the only project in the whole of the South West region to be selected!
The winners of each prize will be announced on July 1st and I shall update you as soon as I have heard any news. Thank you once again for your interest and support, not just for this funding bid but on a regular basis.
I was absolutely thrilled to receive an email this morning from Jewson's Manager Steve Wheeler to say we have made it through to the next stage for 'Building Better Communities' funding!
Thank you so very much to all of you who voted for us via Facebook and who have been supporting our bid for this funding.
The votes you made accounted for 50% of the decision made by Jewsons and we are therefore incredibly grateful to them for seeing the potential and passion in our bid for this funding. We will be making our Healing garden accessible and inclusive to everyone, regardless of any mobility difficulties, erecting more sturdy fencing and exploring the possibility of building steps/access at the far end of the garden.
Myself and our Garden Coordinator Lee-Anne will be meeting with Steve Wheeler this Thursday to discuss details and to share our vision with him.
I'll keep you updated!
We enjoyed another day of pampering last Thursday thanks to Strode College Beauty Therapists. We really appreciate our time there and always come away feeling great! Thanks to everyone involved.
We are delighted that our new dementia workshop is now open on Wednesdays! We have a wonderful group of people coming along who create such a fantastic atmosphere, we offer participation in arts and crafts of many kinds, occasional cooking when possible, listening to music (accompanied by singing and dancing if the moment takes us), enjoying time in our beautiful healing garden and most importantly, getting to know each other by spending time chatting and listening, ensuring individuals are happy and relaxed in a safe and nurturing environment.
The day runs from 10am until 2.30pm, clients need to bring a packed lunch and arrange their own transport as we are unfortunately unable to provide these.
The cost for the day is £27.60.
Our new workshop is almost full but if you would like more information please free to call us on 01749 670 667 or email on email@example.com.