Mental Health Awareness Week – Save the date for a Garden Get Together!

Either way, remember the dates 10th – 16th May, and get started on planning your Garden Get Together

One of the biggest problems we face is not opposition to the idea of supported homes for adults with long-term mental illness, but simply a lack of awareness about the scale and severity of need for these homes. Ignorance about the vulnerability of many of those with enduring mental illness face leads to them falling through the cracks of services, ending up homeless, hospitalised or imprisoned.

As Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th May) approaches, we want to use this opportunity to boost our project’s profile – as well as to raise the funds we desperately need to grow our project.

As we encounter Lighter & Brighter Days together with the new socialising trend outside, thoughts have turned towards our external living spaces ….

Photo by Jemima Whyles on Unsplash

Photo by Ibrahim Boran on Unsplash

This is where YOU come in. To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme of nature, collaborating with Manns Cookieswe have put together an exciting fundraising campaign for you to get involved in. Enjoy the lifting of lockdown and the beginning of spring by hosting up to six people in your garden, whether for a morning coffee, tea party, or barbecue. For this flexible fundraiser, you can set the date and decide how to raise funds. Get your friends involved: what about a raffle, where everyone donates one prize (with only six attendees, everybody’s guaranteed to win something)? Or a mini bake sale?

You decide. Either way, save the dates 10th – 16th May now to get started on your Garden Get Together – and don’t forget to tell your friends about Hammersley Homes on the day to spread the word about our work.

To help you out, we’ve created a kit of invitations, recipes, bunting and other ideas to make your event (and fundraising) a resounding success.   Click on the different things listed below, and print the bunting templates to decorate your garden, invitations to send to your guests, or be inspired by some of our recipe ideas!   Then let’s get fundraising!

To Print

To Inspire

And – don’t forget to take photos of your event, and post them on your social media, tagging @hammersleyhomes and #mentalhealthawarenessweek

To highlight Mental Health Awareness Week and the issues we champion, Becky Slater fondly remembers her aunt who suffered from mental illness