Summer news from Mid and North East Essex Mind

Content originally from Mid and North East Essex Mind

Introduction from James McQuiggan, Chief Executive
Welcome to the latest edition of our Mid and North East Essex Mind newsletter. Within it you’ll find information on what we as your local mental health charity have been doing during the past few months through what has proved to be a challenging time.
As we head back to some form of normality following the pandemic, you’ll see that we have events starting to take place again that will help support the organisation to continue to provide services across the locality. Please do get involved where you can to help raise the much-needed funding, and please do contact our fundraising team should you have ideas around events or challenges as the team will be more than happy to support you.
We are also recruiting to various posts, which is highlighted within the newsletter, and check our website for more details on the posts that are currently available.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your continued support during the past year. It has been a challenge but with your help we have continued to grow and develop as a charity, improving services and support for all.
I hope you find the newsletter informative and that you can see we’ve continued to work hard for those that we are here to support.
Our Annual General Meeting 

Following a very difficult year, we are delighted to be holding our next AGM face-to-face (subject to government requirements). This will take place on Wednesday 15th September at Firstsite in Colchester. 
This will be a great opportunity to find out about our services available to you, our latest news, as well as meet our staff and trustees. 
This event is RSVP only so please book a free ticket by clicking the button below. 
Book your place here
COVID-19 Update

We would like to let you know about what we are doing at Mid and North East Essex Mind to keep our service-users and colleagues safe during this time.Mid and North East Essex Mind are taking all the appropriate recommended precautions provided by the NHS and the UK government and you can find out our latest updates here. 
Find out more here
Jaywick Loan Shark Mural 

The community of Jaywick recently got together to create this amazing mural to raise awareness of the dangers of Loan Sharks. Being involved with a Loan Shark can often negatively impact one’s mental health, and Jacky Batchelor, one of our STaR workers at Mid and North East Essex Mind, wanted to do something to highlight this.
Jacky said: “The community spent two days painting the mural and, whilst painting, many opened up about their own experiences of loan sharks and how it affected their mental health. Everyone who got involved said they had an amazing few days and asked if it was something we could do again.”
A big thank you to everyone involved in making the mural a success, we are really pleased to have been part of this.

We have a variety of roles available at Mid and North East Essex Mind, including our Service Lead/Manager role for the Mid Essex Sanctuary/Crisis Cafe.

To see all the roles we have advertised, please click below. 
Walk on Fire for Mental Health!
On  Sunday 10th October (World Mental Health Day), take part in our brand new Firewalk event taking place at the Colchester United Football Stadium.We have teamed up with Time 4 Change, experts in Fire Walking, to bring you our brand new fundraising event! This is an amazing opportunity to try something new whilst raising vital funds for our mental health services.The past year has been particularly difficult for lots of us so this is the perfect time to show your solidarity and prove to yourself that you can do something amazing!

The event will be fully socially distanced and in line with government guidelines in place at that time and is kindly being sponsored by DNA Technical Architecture.

It costs £30 to take part and we ask that you raise £100 in sponsorship if you can; that’s only 20 friends or family who would sponsor you £5 – you can do it! 

You can also register as a team of six for only £150 – why not get your friends or colleagues involved!
Register today
North East Essex Crisis Café 
The North East Essex Crisis Café provides a safe, welcoming space where people experiencing emotional distress or mental health crisis can receive support outside of normal working hours and is a community-based alternative to crisis mental health services.The North East Essex Crisis Café is open 7 days a week, excluding bank holidays from 5pm to 10pm and you can self-refer by contacting us on 0300 330 9492.The Café provides wellbeing support every evening to those in emotional distress or experiencing a mental health crisis.For more information, click below. 
Find out more

Thank you to Lucy T Fitness for completing the 2020 Challenge!

In October 2019 Lucy Taylor founder of LucyT Fitness agreed to take on the 2020 Challenge for corporate partners raising funds for Mid and North East Essex Mind.  A total of eight local companies, both big and small, signed up to the challenge to raise £2,020 during 2020 but who was to know that a global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns would be facing them for most of the year. 
Despite the difficulties posed with social distancing and many restrictions LucyT Fitness was the only company to successfully complete the challenge! Raising a total of £2,200 from on line classes, Facebook fundraising and donations from her clients. 
A big thank you to Lucy T for all your hard work – we really appreciate your support! 
Donate to Support our Work
Like many other charities, we have seen in reduction in the number of donations we have received over this past year. The need for our services is always growing particularly at this time. In order to support our services we would be extremely grateful of any donation you would be able to make.
Thank you from the Mid and North East Essex Mind Fundraising Team!

Steph, Jenny, Kat & Julie