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Spring 2023 News

BiM wins gold at the 2023 Charity Film Awards

Tom Allen, Jim, Will, Andrew and Paul Kerensa with the Smiley Award
Andrew, Jim and Will celebrating our award
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We’re still celebrating after our film, Will’s Story, overcame strong competition to win its category at the prestigious Charity Film Awards held in London on Tuesday 21st March!

Jim, Andrew and Will attended the event at London’s historic Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square, alongside over 850 attendees from dozens of charitable organisations. Hosted by TV comic, Tom Allen, the event was viewed via live stream by over 360,000 people worldwide, plus there’s been a staggering 35 million views of the 400 films entered. The Charity Film Awards are the world’s biggest campaign to promote cause-based films, with the winners recognised by both BFI and IMDb.  

As a teenager, Will tried several times to end his life. He talks about the feelings that led to those low points and the coping mechanisms he uses now when he struggles.  

A huge thank you to Andrew, our film-maker, for creating a beautiful and unflinching film which really engages the viewer and also to Will, for sharing his honest and brave story. Our thanks also to everyone who took the time to support and vote for us. We really hope that this film will encourage others to talk and share their stories.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Jim and Dr. Phil on stage at the BiM Comedy Night

The answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’ when doctor, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian, Dr Phil Hammond, visited Bath on Saturday 25th March and entertained us with a thumping good night of comedy at Widcombe Social Club. Playing to a packed house, Dr Phil regaled us with hilarious anecdotes around his training as a junior doctor and, on a more serious note, shared his electoral campaign around the message of ‘Intelligent kindness’. 

Phil introduced us to his ‘CLANGERS for all’ philosophy for wellbeing (Connect, Learn, (Be) Active, Notice, Give Back, Eat Well, Relax, Sleep). His overall message: love and nurture yourself. Phil is a BiM supporter and we are really grateful to him for donating his time; he was ably supported by two fabulous local comedians, Harriet Beveridge and Matt Alford. We also took the opportunity to screen Will’s Story and celebrate our Charity Film Award earlier in the week! This was a really enjoyable event which raised the profile of Boys in Mind locally, as well as raising over £1,500 for our organisation. Thanks to Vanessa and team for organising the event and Jim for acting as Master of Ceremonies. 

Run the Bath Half Marathon for Boys In Mind!

Do something amazing this year! We’re seeking runners to complete our team to run the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 15th October in aid of Boys in Mind! We can offer you a reserved place for £25, plus fundraising support: you provide energy and enthusiasm to help a local charity supporting the mental health of boys and young men in our city.  Please check our social media for more details. 

Quiz Night beats the January Blues!

Over 100 people enjoyed our ‘Beat the January Blues!’ quiz night at Widcombe Social Club. Quizmaster Richard, ably assisted by Judy (yes, it really was the Richard & Judy show!) challenged our grey matter with round after round of fun and topical questions. There was a lot of laughter and this was another great opportunity to increase local awareness of our cause, whilst at the same time, raising over £600 in much-needed funds.

Richard & Judy delivered a brilliant quiz to a packed house!

Huge thanks to our friends at Convey Law!

Vanessa and Ele have been developing our partnership with the Davies family, who own Newport-based Convey Law, an award-winning conveyancing firm with a long history of fundraising via its charity arm, the Conveyancing Foundation. Tracey and Georgia Davies also head the Mindstep Foundation, which was established following the tragic loss of their beloved son and brother, Max, who took his life aged just 22.

The Conveyancing Foundation made BiM its Charity of the Month last November, raising an amazing £7,290 for our work! We’re delighted that we will further benefit from funds raised during their Charity Lotto initiative during April – June this year.  

SAVE THE DATE! We are planning a sponsored Wellness Walk with the Convey Law/Mindstep Foundation team in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday, September 9th. Please join us! Check out our social media for more details shortly.

Mindstep Foundation

BiM working with universities in Bath

Richard and Jim delivered a one hour presentation on mental health and wellbeing to trainee primary school teachers at Bath Spa University, sharing some of our films and talking about our work. There were 120 students in attendance and feedback was really positive. These trainee teachers were encouraged to think about what they already do in school to promote positive mental health, with an emphasis on the importance of young people having a voice. They also learned about our three Ps: Prevent, Promote and Participate. Thanks to Steve Osborne for the invitation – it was a pleasure to work with Bath Spa University.  

Jim also delivered a presentation at Bath University as part of their ‘MENtion’ campaign which was also well received. We are aware of the importance of supporting university students with their mental health and the message that it’s good to talk, so we are looking forward to further collaborations with our partners at both local universities.

Bath Uni

New film on social media  - blessing or curse?

We’ve just released a new film featuring our Youth Advisors, Lucia, Otto, Alex and Eli, explaining how they first started using social media and how they use it nowadays. They share their positive and negative experiences and discuss how we can ensure that social media is used responsibly and has a positive impact on people’s lives.  

BiM Training Day

Our young people are the lifeblood of our organisation and so it was great to be able to hold a special training day in early January at the New Oriel Hall in Larkhall, Bath.   Around twenty young people and adults took part in a session which started with ice-breaking activities.   Daisy, Lucia, Gaia and Susie then led sessions on public speaking skills and a solution-focussed approach.

Daisy commented:   ‘Public speaking is one of the most common fears and it’s something many of us have to face at some point in our lives, so I really enjoyed getting to share some of my experiences and advice.   It’s important to remember that we all have something to share with the world and not to let anxiety prevent us from sharing it! Boys in Mind is a solution-focused organisation and learning how to apply these practices – not only to what we do, but to our everyday lives – was  fascinating and really useful.’

BiM’s Primary Champions and Youth Ambassadors enjoy a hands-on training session

BiM takes our message into schools

Jim and Primary Champion, Will, present at St Stephen’s School
Jim and Jackson presenting at Camely Primary School

The BiM team has been busy with multiple school meetings recently. We are demonstrating how a ‘whole school’ approach on mental health can change lives. 

Will and Jim delivered an assembly at St. Stephen’s Primary School, inspiring over 30 children to apply for the role of Primary Champion, so Will and Taylor will be setting up a recruitment process!  

Jackson and Jim also visited Camely Primary School and presented an assembly on BiM’ s work and the role of Primary Champions and similar assemblies have been held at Beechen Cliff and St Michael’s Primary School.   King Edward’s School is the latest school to join us and we are looking forward to working with them.

BiM heads for the National Education Union conference

Jim will be attending the National Education Union’s annual conference in Harrogate in early April. The conference will welcome 2,000 delegates, so this will be a huge audience for our messages!  Jim will be taking our new stand which shows off our brand new logo. Big thanks to Graphic Mill for providing this amazing stand at cost price.

BiM is going to Shindig!

Look out for the BiM team and our shiny new gazebo at this year’s Shindig Festival, which takes place during the late May bank holiday weekend (25-28th May). Headliners include disco legends, Sister Sledge; London post-punk band Warmduscher and the original queen of reggae, Dawn Penn.  As if that wasn’t enough, when you order your tickets and use the code SUPPORT at the checkout, we will get a donation!  

Thanking our friends at Community Matters

Jim and Richard recently enjoyed lunch with the amazing team at   Community Matters Bath who raised an incredible £60,203 for BIM over the past year. We really can’t thank them enough – without their support, we would have struggled to deliver our outreach work and make new films.

Please continue to support them as they raise funds for Oasis Hub Bath this year! 

Teaching children the magic of massage!

Cally Herbert, who works with BiM, has been delivering a six-week massage course to pupils in Welton Primary School this term. We made a film showing Year 3 children learning how to give and receive massage. They discovered how it can help them and their friends relax and feel calm and also how important it is to ask permission beforehand and to thank their partner afterwards – this encourages the chidren to learn about respect and consent. Our film was launched at a fabulous red carpet event at the school on March 27th, when Kingfisher class demonstrated the massage techniques they had learned to a packed audience of children, parents and staff.

Cally demonstrates massage techniques to children at Welton Primary School

The vision of the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) is that every child experiences positive and nurturing touch in their daily life. The children are gradually taught a set routine, carried out in the same order, over clothes, on each other’s backs, shoulders, arms, hands and heads. Every child has the right to accept or decline a massage but they often decide to get involved once they see their peers taking part!

Expanding our partnership with Jigsaw! 

We are continuing our valuable partnership with Jigsaw, which delivers PSHE schemes for primary and secondary schools across the country.   The plan is to embed our films into their schemes of work as a resource for teachers. This is a very exciting project for us and we will keep you updated on our progress. We are also hoping to deliver webinars with Jigsaw later this year.

Welcome to our new recruits!

William, Preston and Ed

We always love to share news of new recruits to our fabulous team of Primary Champions, Youth Ambassadors & Youth Advisors!

William, our new Primary Champion, is in Year 6 at St Stephen’s School and has already been involved in two films and presented at our recent Trustees’ meeting. Preston is now in Year 7 at Ralph Allen, where he will be working with Finn to raise the profile of BiM. Ed has just left Ralph Allen and is our youth lead on an exciting new film in collaboration with our partners at Mighty Girls CIC in Wiltshire.

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