January 2022 News
Fundraising in 2022
Like many small organisations around the country, Boys in Mind does not receive any form of government funding but relies on the generosity and support of people who believe in our aims of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues in boys and young men. This year, we will be redoubling our fundraising efforts to fund new and existing strategies and to enable us to continue our work.
In this year’s Bath Half Marathon, now scheduled for May, we will have ten runners competing and raising money for Boys in Mind and starting next month we’ll be introducing our runners in the news pages. We will also be raising funds in a variety of other ways, so keep an eye on our news pages and social media for updates.
We have also received regular support from Community Matters, a charity shop in Chelsea Road in Bath, set up in 2019 by Michelle Braithwaite, who have made Boys in Mind, their chosen charity donating profits from the shop to help ensure that we are able to continue our work. We are both humbled and delighted by this and the many other individuals and organisations whose support has made it possible for us to continue to do the work that we do.
Earlier this month a small Boys in Mind contingent of Finn, Levi and Will popped in to see Michelle and her team at Community Matters to say a big Thank You for their continued support, which really does make a difference!
We’ll post regular updates on our fundraising events and how people can get involved or contribute, but in the meantime anyone wishing to sponsor one of our intrepid Half Marathon runners can do so by clicking HERE and going to our JustGiving page.
BiM Welcomes Ele
We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new team member, Ele Dickson who has joined us to help us through our transition period.
Ele joins us with an impressive C.V and a wealth of experience. With a Masters degree from Cambridge, she currently works as a civil servant specialising in business risk and managing transformation. Previously she has worked across the third sector, both in the UK and internationally in a variety of roles, including founding a charity which ran in Africa for 16 years and supporting NEET’s (young people not in education, employment or training) with mental health problems. A mum to three young children, Ele also volunteers as a Samaritans Listener and is also currently in the process of completing her training as a student counsellor.
We welcome Ele to the team and look forward to working with her in the coming months as Boys in Mind continues to develop and evolve.
LGBTQ+ Film Premier coming soon.
This month we see the much anticipated launch of our latest film that looks at mental health issues within the LGBT+ community. The online premier takes place on Tuesday 22nd February at 6.00pm where Will, one of our Boys in Mind Youth Advisors will co-host a webinar with Cllr Dine Romero (B&NES Cabinet member for Children and Young People, Communities and Culture) to officially launch the film, which will be available watch here on the Boys in Mind website. We’re also hoping to be able to organise an “In real life” premier event later in the year, so keep an eye on our news pages and social media for further updates.
Made in partnership with SPACE at Off the Record Bath & NES, the film features 6 young people talking about their mental health and wellbeing experiences within the LGBTQ+ community and offers an insightful look at some of the issues they face.
This promises to be a wonderful event and will be free to attend. For further details or to sign up and register for free, Click Here.
Having Your Voices Heard
Later this month, young people will have the opportunity to take part in a Youth Sharing Event organised by Bath Mind. The event offers young people the opportunity and space to share and hear what other young people are up to in and around Bath and Boys in Mind have been invited to do a presentation. Ailsa Eaglestone, from Bath Mind said “The aim of the event is to let other young people know what is happening locally and to inspire youth led social action.”
So if you’re interested, or know someone who might be pass on the details, the organising team are very keen to hear from young people who would like to be involved, so if you are interested in helping out, or know someone who might be, do get in contact with us and we can pass your details on!
Tell Us All About It – Youth Event:
Thursday February 17th. 4.30pm – 7.15pm
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution 16-18 Queen Square, Bath. BA1 2HN
Entry is Free, simply register (click here to register) and turn up on the day.
A Sad Farewell to Judy
Judy is relinquishing her role in the co-ordination team, where she has been “Finance and Fundraising lead” for the past 3 years. She has managed our relatively small budget with great care, providing meticulous monthly reports to the team and our funders. We are delighted that she has agreed to support us on a voluntary basis to oversee the Bath Half Marathon, in which we have ten young men running.
Kate from Boys in Mind says “Judy and I have worked closely together over the last 20 years in our roles as PSHE and Healthy Schools Lead for Bath & North East Somerset and more recently for Boys in Mind. She is the sort of person who you’d want in any team: caring, passionate, articulate , efficient , intelligent and with a great sense of fun. Her presentation skills are second to none and she has done an amazing job in managing our BiM budget, leaving us in a healthy year-end position. Richard and I will need to make frequent trips to Cornwall to receive training from Judy to enable us to keep up this high standard of accounting!”
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