April 2021 Newsletter

As the sun begins to shine and national Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease and we take our first tentative steps out of lockdown, we welcome you to our April E-bulletin.

The transition we’re all experiencing in our lives can be both exciting and unsettling as opportunities for face-to-face contact begin to emerge again. In this edition, we’ll be highlighting the positive impact connections with others and nature have continued to have on our community during lockdown and beyond.

Thank you to those who have shared their personal experiences with us. The importance of connection, our environment and physical activity really shine through. These will continue to be leading themes of our work, particularly as we approach Mental Health Awareness Week on 10th May. This year’s theme is nature and we have lots of exciting things planned, so keep an eye on our social media channels.

In this edition, we’re also very proud to share how services, such as our Sanctuaries and new Discharge Buddy Service, are supporting local people through tough times; as well as highlighting new ways we’re supporting community connections, through our Good Life Fund and Waves service.

If you would like to know more about our work, to access our services or maybe get involved in some other way, please see our website: www.cpslmind.org.uk or contact us on enquiries@cpslmind.org.uk

Aly Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

Wombling to Better Mental Health

Fay Belham has experienced periods of depression throughout her life and has received support from a number of our services over the years, including The Sanctuary which Fay says has given her “the encouragement to keep going when I’ve needed it most”.

A big factor for Fay, in maintaining her wellbeing, has been her involvement in litter picking in her local community. An Ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy, Fay regularly participates in litter picking and is a founding member of the Peterborough Litter Wombles. She says, “Litter picking gives me a sense of purpose and that I’m part of something bigger than myself. I really enjoy being out in the fresh air each week, connecting with a group of people and taking pride in my local area.”

Read more about Fay’s story and the positive impact connecting with our services, her community and nature has had on her life…

Discharge Buddy Service Provides Valuable Connection

The period following discharge from hospital or community-based Crisis Team support can be a challenging time. Our Discharge Buddy Service is a new ‘pilot’ service, set up to provide additional support where required. Our ‘Discharge Buddies’ provide holistic, strengths-based support for individuals during the four weeks after their discharge from hospital or crisis services.

Our buddies are on hand to provide emotional support, along with resources and encouragement around developing self-help strategies and self-care tips. They also support individuals to re-connect with their local community and support networks. As part of the self-care element of the service, each individual is provided with a ‘Comfort Kit’ (pictured above) full of wellbeing-related resources.

“This has helped me feel more supported and confident in the community,” commented one patient, “I felt listened to. I think it should be available to everyone coming out of hospital.”

Read more about how the Discharge Buddy Service is making a difference…

Good Life Fund Opens for Spring

Spring has certainly sprung and we are thrilled to open up applications for the Spring round of the Good Life Fund.

The fund offers grants of up to £500 to local people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help set up groups that connect people and enhance wellbeing, such as book clubs, craft classes, support groups or activities that encourage people to learn new skills.

Heather, as part of a group from Hilton village, was one of our first successful applicants and pitched to set up a community garden with fruit trees and vegetable patches. She says, “We wanted to organise a purposeful activity which everyone could get involved with…it has created a real feel good factor in the village.”

Find out more about Heather’s experience so far and how to apply to the Good Life Fund yourself…

New ‘Waves’ Service to Launch in May

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Waves Programme which will support individuals who live with or experience symptoms of a personality disorder.

The programme is based on a co-produced model, initially developed by our neighbours at Suffolk Mind, and will launch in May 2021.

Find out more about the service and how to get involved…

Our Fantastic Fundraisers

We want to say a huge thank you to all of our fundraisers, who continue to make amazing contributions to support local mental health services. Here are just a few examples:

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in Cambridge’s first ever virtual run – ‘Run Everyone’. You helped us to raise over £9,000!

Anyone could take part, no matter their fitness level, helping regain a sense of community whilst doing something good for both physical and mental wellbeing.

Read more including reaction from our runners…

Huge thank you to local estate and letting agents, Sharman Quinney, who made a wonderful donation of £1,580 to us.

The money was raised from a raffle at their Top Achievers Awards night and Mike Sharman, Owner, said, “CPSL Mind do incredible work and we are extremely proud to be supporting them.”

Read more about this fundraiser…


Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 10th May marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is nature and we’re challenging our supporters to share short videos on social media about how nature helps you maintain your wellbeing, using the hashtag #NatureInMind and tagging us @cpslmind
  • Tuesday 1st June signals the start of Volunteers Week as we celebrate the contribution our amazing volunteers have on our charity