Cambridgeshire Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) were delighted when a Cambridge NCS group chose the local mental health charity as their charity to support for their social action project.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government funded project which helps young people develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. As part of the programme, participants develop a social action project to help a local cause they are passionate about. They then spend a couple of weeks planning and delivering a number of fundraising activities to support their charity of choice, as well as raising awareness of its key messages to the local public.
In order to raise the money, this group of 16 young people (15-17year olds) went on a 10 hour journey around London visiting as many Monopoly stops as possible – calling it Mindopoly! They had a great time walking around visiting the sites, stopping off at busy locations like Nelson’s Column and giving out mental health leaflets to raise awareness as well as free hugs and compliments to help raise people’s short term wellbeing.
Grace Shanahan (NCS group member) said, “We choose CPSL Mind to support as we all felt so strongly about wanting to support mental health. Our group was shocked to learn about the little funding the government puts into mental health. After carrying out some research, we felt by choosing CPSL Mind, we could help people suffering from mental health disorders the best”.
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “This fundraising idea was incredibly creative and it is clear how much fun was had by everyone who took part. They also understood the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues and giving complimentary hugs and compliments is a great way to increase wellbeing. A huge thank you to this group for raising so much money for CPSL Mind.”