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August 2022 News

Fundraising at the Crown Inn

The BiM burger - Now available at the Crown Inn in Bathford
The Crown Inn, Bathford
BiM's Jim Cumpson enjoys a tasty BiM burger

In case you don’t know it, the Crown Inn in Bathford is a lovely pub on the outskirts of Bath boasting an award winning menu, an excellent beer garden and a great atmosphere. So we were delighted when they contacted us to say that they’d heard about Boys in Mind and wanted to help by fundraising on our behalf. So, they’ve created the Boys in Mind “Charity” Burger –  which they’ve added to the menu with £1 being donated to BiM for every burger sold. When we spoke to the Vanessa Letort, the Crown’s landlady she told us –

 “ The importance of mental health in young people has always been very important to me because I have had lots of young people working with me at the Crown. These important issues have been side-lined in society. Boys in mind strikes a brilliant key in supporting and enabling young men to talk and share. What a brilliant local charity.”

All the money raised will go to help fund the continuation of the films and podcasts used by our Youth Advisors in our schools projects and also available on our website and social media. 

We’d like to say a really big thank you to Vanessa, the Crown Inn and all of their customers for their generosity and if you’re in the Bath area and feeling peckish, why not enjoy a fantastic burger in beautiful surroundings at the Crown Inn in Bathford and support BiM and local businesses. For more information about the Crown Inn, click here.

Taking the toxic out of masculinity - Men's Club

In exciting news, BiM is now working in partnership with ANDYSMANCLUB, a free network of over 100 support groups nationwide  that enables men to open up about the storms affecting their lives in a judgement-free environment. Formed in 2016 by Luke Ambler and his mother-in-law Elaine after brother-in-law Andy took his own life, ANDYSMANCLUB has grown steadily, now offering free sessions to over 1,800 men a week in groups all around the country as well as access to their Wellness App helping thousands more. Boys in Mind will be working with ANDYSMANCLUB providing and making films and podcasts leading up to National Suicide Prevention Week (starting September 5th) when we will be coming together to raise awareness together around the stigma of suicide – so keep an eye on our website and social media for more info. But for more information about ANDYSMANCLUB click on one of the highlighted links to go straight to their website.

Bath Half - Take Four!

It’s now been officially confirmed that after several postponements,the Bath Half Marathon is back and being run on Sunday October 16th. As reported earlier in the year, BiM will have 10 runners taking part in the event to raise money for Boys in Mind. We’ll feature a full run-down of Team BiM in next month’s news page and we’ll also include updates through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.


Friday September 23rd 2022

Widcombe Social Club

7pm – 11pm 

Au Revoir to Kate...for now!

BiM founder Kate Murphy
Giving Kate a good send off

A big thank you to Boys in Mind founder Kate Murphy as she steps down from her role as co-ordinator. As the architect and major driving force behind Boys in Mind, in just 5 years, Kate has taken the organisation from being just an idea to what it is today, reaching thousands of people through our work in schools, producing films, blogs and working with other organisations to highlight the importance or mental health issues in the young, particularly young men. Kate has managed this while continuing her other youth engagement roles. Although she is stepping back from her role as co-ordinator, Kate will still be active within Boys in Mind and we look forward to seeing her regularly. But we’d just like to say “Thank you for being you Kate! Your hard work is an inspiration to everyone. Thank you for creating Boys in Mind and making it happen! This couldn’t have happened without your drive, effort, compassion, empathy and knowledge, creativity, professionalism and Kitchen discos. Thank you Kate, you’ve been the glue that has kept us all together.

Putting the pieces together with Jigsaw

We are delighted to confirm the continuation of our partnership with Jigsaw PSHE, a unique, progressive and effective organisation set up to help schools to meet their department of education objectives and provide PSHE programmes that will help prepare students for life. Designed as a whole-school approach, Jigsaw PSHE / Health and Well-being provides a detailed and comprehensive scheme of learning for ages 3-16. Jigsaw makes teachers’ lives easier by providing well-structured, progressive lesson plans with all teaching resources included. 

We’re look forward to continuing our work with Jigsaw, so watch out future updates in the news page and also on social media but in the meantime, you can find out more about Jigsaw and visit their site by clicking on one of the highlighted links above.

The Human Touch - massage in school

Children from Newbridge Primary School practice their massage techniques.

The benefits of massage have been recognised for centuries and there are numerous studies that show that amongst many other benefits, massage strengthens the immune system, lowers stress levels and increases the hormones associated with relaxation – all of which help to promote positive mental health. As part of BiM’s ongoing strategy of working with schools, Cally Herbert delivered a six week massage course to a year 3 at Newbridge Primary school. As part of the course, pupils were taught a basic 10 minute routine of age appropriate movements that could be carried out in class focusing heads, shoulders, arms, hands and heads. Once established, these 10 minute routines by the teacher at the start of the day or at lunchtime to help focus the class to help more effective learning.

Pupil’s, parents, teachers and carers were all very engaged in this project which has been reporting some very positive results and is the subject of a BiM film showing the impact of this brilliant scheme and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for release. To find out more about Massage in Schools, click Here for a downloadable pdf.


BiM Charity status and Just Giving

We are delighted to confirm that Boys in Mind is now registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales as a charity in its own right. This will make very little change to our ongoing day-to-day activities, but gives us greater control of our future strategies and fundraising. We would just like to take a moment thank The Charlie Waller Trust, who have helped to make Boys in Mind what it is today and also look forward to future collaborations and partnerships. Boys in Mind does not receive any government backing or financial support. We rely entirely on donations from the public, and so any help you can give would be very much appreciated. Is you’d like to make a donation, you can do so using our Just Giving page, see the link below. Thank you.

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