Passionate about mental health and wellbeing? Want to help others access the support they need? Looking for a cause to rally around and fundraise for?
You sound like a Shawmind Champion!
We have recently been contacted by people from across the country who want to work with us to support our training, volunteering and fundraising, creating a society which is equipped to support those with mental ill health.
A Shawmind Champion takes on many forms, some are mental health advocates who mention us when they are talking to others on social media or delivering a keynote speech at an event; some are regular fundraisers who rope their friends, family or work colleagues into events or challenges to raise a little or a lot every year; some are donors who love the work we are going and want it to continue well into the future; some join our team as dedicated volunteers, supporting people experiencing mental ill health; and some get involved in our campaigns like Sock it to Stigma in February, Men’s Mental Health Week or World Mental Health Day in October.
Shawmind Champion Case Studies
Fundraiser: Cricketer Bowled Over by Fundraising Support
Martyn is a big cricket fan and on the longest day of the summer he took to the nets at his beloved cricket club and batted from sunrise to sunset in support of Shaw Mind.
He promoted his Bat-a-thon on social media and with the help out our marketing manager issued a news release to the local media, charity press and cricketing magazines.
Thankfully, his teammates were also keen to support him in his fundraising efforts, so many of them took on admin roles to help him set up his fundraising page, sharing his updates on their own social media pages and taking bookings for member of the public to bat against him on the day of the event.
Martyn was happy to talk about his personal experience of mental ill health during several radio interviews where he also promoted the event and his fundraising page.
After a very successful event, which attracted more than 50 bowlers and resulted in 2,557 balls being bowled, Martyn raised an impressive £1,500, including Gift Aid.
Volunteer: Becoming Part of Something Special
Amy has been volunteering with us since the very start of our community outreach work and is well loved by the people who attended our Breathe Cafes (pre-COVID19), those she supports via telephone and text and those who join us for Mindful Meander walks.
Her caring and compassionate nature coupled with her knowledge of mental health makes her a real asset to our charity.
Here is what she says about volunteering with us:
“There is nothing else like Breathe available out there for people who feel they need some support.
“It’s a big step for them to come through the door to talk to us, but it’s a real privilege when you start to build that trust – it feels really good.
“People come to Breathe because it has established a good reputation in the town and I keep coming back because I feel that I’m part of something special.”
Need More Information?
To help you decide how you would prefer to work with us we’ve crafted a Shawmind Champion Handbook, packed full of useful info, tools and answers to a whole range of questions.