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Winter 2022 News

Winter 22 News

Vote for Will's Story

We’re delighted to report that our film, “Will’s Story”, is a nominee in this year’s Smiley Charity Film Awards.

Many of you have already seen this film – it is already reaching so many people and really seems to be resonating, so it would be great to raise the profile and share it as widely as possible. Please click this link to watch the film, share with others and, most importantly, VOTE for us! Every vote counts, it’s completely free and takes just seconds.

Thank you so much!

Welcoming further engagement with the Conveyancing Foundation

We were delighted to be nominated ‘Charity of the Month’ for November by the Newport-based Conveyancing Foundation!  In September, we had a really positive meeting with Tracey and Georgia Davies, as reported in our Autumn Newspage. The Davies family runs Convey Law, an award-winning conveyancing legal practice with a long pedigree in terms of fundraising via its charity arm, the Conveyancing Foundation, which to date has raised almost £950,000 for good causes.  Tracey and Georgia also head the Mindstep Foundation, which was established following the tragic loss of their beloved elder son and brother, Max, who took his life in August 2018, aged only 22. 

It is now their mission to prevent suicide, by funding research, awareness and support and so we were further delighted to hear from Charity Coordinator, Jade Morgan, that Boys In Mind and the Mindstep Foundation will jointly benefit from funds raised during the Conveyancing Foundation’s Charity Lotto initiative between April – June 2023. This is wonderful news and we want to send our warmest appreciation to Jade and the Davies family. We really look forward to further strengthening our links with the Convey Law team in coming months.

Everyone is Welcome...

Join us and support Boys in Mind at Widcome Social Club on Saturday 14th January 2023 for a great BiM Quiz night, our first social fundraiser of the new year.

It promises to be an evening of fun and lively audience participation with a licensed bar, raffle and some silly games (bring some pound coins!).  Tables (max 6) are selling quickly: advance booking only. For bookings, more information or to make a prize donation, please email: vanessa@boysinmind.co.uk

Working up a sweat for Boys in Mind - marvellous half marathons!

The Amazing Biggs Family

The amazing Biggs family has been fundraising again for Boys in Mind, in memory of their beloved Henry, who tragically took his life in February 2022. On October 9th, Henry’s cousin, Emma, ran the Manchester Half Marathon alongside her friend, Niamh. Thank you both so much for this spectacular achievement – they even managed to get a shout-out for our charity at the beginning of the race!  Emma and Niamh are pictured with their support team.

Kate and Jim with our Half Marathon Heroes Heer, Richard, Ryan and Rob

A week later, ‘Team Boys in Mind’ ran under brilliant blue skies at this year’s Bath Half Marathon and were rewarded at the end for their efforts with pizza, beer and goody bags! Our photo shows some of our amazing runners, along with BiM’s Kate and Jim. 

These events are brilliant, both in terms of fundraising (more news on final totals raised in the Spring Newspage) and, equally importantly, raising awareness of our cause. Huge thanks to all our runners for your dedication and perseverance – all that training paid off handsomely!

Building a relationship with Exeter College

We were approached by Mike Squires, the Head of Faculty at Exeter College of Construction after he saw a link to Boys in Mind on the Andy Man’s Club website: we’re currently in partnership with them, sharing resources and promoting each other’s social media. The college wanted to work with us on developing and promoting positive mental health for its students as,  shockingly, there’s a high rate of suicide for young men in the construction industry. 

Presenting our ideas at Exeter College

In October, Jim visited the college to deliver a programme of presentations about our work on suicide prevention, reaching around 400 students, apprentices and staff. The response from the day was amazing: here’s a quote from the Head of Faculty: ‘I just wanted to thank you again, I found your presentation very inspirational and I’ve already had a learner come forward wanting to take part in the video. I will be sending an email to our Senior Leadership Team to let them know what an amazing experience yesterday was for our learners and our staff.’

We are planning to do some further work with the College and students. The Deputy Head would like to work with us in developing some resources across the whole college and we’re currently considering a film and podcast. Watch this space for more news! 

Council Consults with Young People

We really made our presence felt, in a good way, at a meeting at the Guildhall in early December. Finn, Jackson, William, Summer and Taylor were amongst the young people contributing to the a BANES Consultation with Young People event and talked about their work with BiM. Daisy, Kate, Ele and her mum were also present. We enjoyed talking to Leader of the Council, Kevin Guy, who joined our table in the plenary session and also took us on a tour of the council chamber and the banqueting room. Councillor Guy has agreed to share our work with B&NES residents via his monthly emails.

Jackson commented: “I think we made great developments in the growth of the charity because we got to talk to the leader of the council and gave him a business card. I really enjoyed the tour around the banqueting room and I felt proud of the contributions our organisation made to the discussions.” Finn added: “ I hope there will be more awareness of BiM. I’m proud of the way everyone has the confidence to speak and how we represented BiM. I most enjoyed the tour – that was great!”

Bringing BiM to the Egg Theatre

We were very pleased to be invited by Bath Mind to join their Youth Film Screening Afternoon at the Egg Theatre  on Monday 24th  October. Daisy, Boys in Mind’s Youth Development Officer, along with Finn and Jackson, two of our Youth Advisors, presented one of our latest films ‘How to Start a Conversation’, in which they are filmed discussing with their dads different ways to ask for help or have a conversation with someone who is struggling.  The team spoke about their work as Youth Advisors for Boys in Mind, their involvement in this and other film projects and their hopes that the  film will be shared as widely as possible. They also answered questions from the audience.

Jackson, Finn and Daisy at the Egg Theatre

The event also showcased the involvement of young people in film projects with other organisations and initiatives, including the Bath Mind 627 Project, B&NES SENDIAS Service, CAMHS and Off The Record. The latter chose to show the LGBTQ+ film we made in partnership with their SPACE group and which has received both local and national acclaim.

Finn, Jackson and Daisy were also involved in the ‘Egg Takeover’ activities later in the week, where they helped present a workshop on public speaking. Feedback from audience members and participants was very positive and included words like ‘inspirational, engaging, thought-provoking.’

We held a debriefing after the event at the Real Italian Ice Cream Company! Our Youth Advisors   and Primary Champion were sufficiently inspired by the event that they now want to produce a film with Year 6 and Year 7 pupils in B&NES schools about the challenges around the transition from primary to secondary school. Boys in Mind will hopefully be working with Bath Mind in the future to make this wish a reality.

Finn commented: ‘I’m proud that I represented BiM and that our ‘Starting a Conversation’ film was shown to an audience. It was inspiring to see all the other films too. The Wednesday workshop felt relaxed and I enjoyed giving advice to other young people about having confidence and speaking in public.’

Jackson said:I thought the films were really enjoyable and I felt more knowledgable when I left. I was pleased to get the opportunity to share our film ‘Starting a Conversation’ and the positive feedback it received. Wednesday was really chilled and I felt like I was contributing to the workshops and offering tips for public speaking.’

Adding to our team of Champions, Ambassadors and Advisors

Meet our Primary Champions, Youth Ambassadors & Youth Advisors

We now have 17 young people in our team with a range of skills and experience and from diverse backgrounds. We are delighted with our new recruits and want to give them a special shout-out!

William, our new Primary Champion, is in Year 6 at St Stephen’s School. He’s already been involved in two films and presented at our recent Trustees’ meeting.  Preston  got involved in one of our film projects when he was at Combe Down C. of E. Primary School. He’s now in Year 7 at Ralph Allen, where he will be working with Finn to raise the profile of BiM   and share our films and resources. Ed  has just left Ralph Allen and is our youth lead on an exciting new film project about consent, working in collaboration with our partners at Mighty Girls in Wiltshire.  We spotted both  Maddie  and  Summer’s talents   at the Egg Theatre event organised by Bath Mind over half term. Maddie has lots of experience as a member of the CAMHS Young People’s Participation Team and Summer played a starring role in a series of films about disability commissioned by the B&NES SENDIAS service. 

OliviaHarry  and  Azad  came to our attention during testimony assemblies at Beechen Cliff School where they spoke as members of the Mental Health and Equalities Teams. They, too, have been involved in a unique film project in which they let adults know how best young people can be   supported when they are struggling.  Donovan  was previously at Mendip Studio School and is now at Loughborough College doing an enhanced diploma in Sporting Excellence. He has contributed to a number of our films, especially those around race equality.

News of some of our older Youth Advisors

Lucia received the prestigious Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation scholarship for her Master’s course at the Royal Welsh College of Music Theatre. She is thrilled to be supported in her studies and excited for a future in the West End!

Eli  is working as an Autism Support Practitioner in a new school in Shoreditch, London.  Gabe  is in his final year at University College, Oxford, studying Russian and French.  Otto  is in his third  and penultimate year at Imperial College London, studying Computing. Alex  (Bullard) is working in London as a New Business Associate at Euro Car Parks. 

Charlie, Dani and baby Leo
Charlie, Dani and baby Leo

Congratulations! We’re delighted to announce that  baby Leo, the son of  Charlie  and Dani and the youngest member of our extended BiM family, is excited to welcome the addition of a baby brother or sister in April. We wish them all the best and look forward to meeting their new arrival.

To find out more about our awesome youth team, click here to visit our Team Page. 

3 Dad's Walking

The BiM support team meets up with Andy, Tim and Mike aka The Three Dads on their fundraising walk

In October, Jim , Andrew and Kate from Boys in Mind met up with Andy, Tim and Mike aka ‘3 Dads Walking‘ who were raising awareness about suicide across the country, one step at a time. We caught up with them as they passed through Bathampton and  Devizes , where we shared stories and the need to raise awareness, not only at government level, but with wider communities. They are three amazing dads and it was a privilege to join them for a while and support them on their journey. 

 

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