A MENTAL health charity in south Warwickshire is this year’s community hero winners in Orbit’s annual Thriving Communities Awards.
MIND has been presented with the Stronger Together Award which recognises an Orbit partner which has made a positive contribution to the community. The charity also received a hamper and a winner’s plaque.
MIND partnered with Orbit to provide its Breathing Space programme, which supports people experiencing difficulties with their mental health.
The partnership has proved invaluable, providing free confidential mental health support and guidance to Orbit customers and communities during the pandemic, specifically supporting people who felt isolated and lonely.
MIND provided telephone support, held peer support groups and workshops, as well as creating emotional first-aid workbooks, which were personalised for each customer. MIND supported 38 customers to get into employment, 51 into work-related training, 28 into volunteering and have helped 559 in total to improve their overall wellbeing.
Jan Dugdale, chief executive at Warwick-based Springfield MIND, said: “The MIND collaborative delivering Breathing Space across Orbit’s housing portfolio are delighted to accept this award.
“This is a testament to all our Practioners’ skills, knowledge, commitment, and their innovative approach during the last 18 months in supporting Orbit’s customers achieve their personal mental health and wellbeing.”