Volunteer fund-raisers and trustees wanted

20th July 2015

After fighting back from the brink of closure we have launched a major drive to recruit trustees and form a fund-raising team to secure our future for years to come.

We hit a financial crisis earlier this year due to funding cuts and falling donations, leaving us with a shortfall of £20,000 which meant we were unable to continue operating into the next financial quarter.

But after an overwhelming flood of more than £25,000 in donations to our crisis appeal last month – our charity’s 17 staff and 60 volunteers are able to continue supporting 1,000 with mental illness each year through our seven projects across the region.

We are asking people to consider becoming a volunteer member of our board of trustees or helping fund-raise for us by sparing a few hours each week.

Trustees take a central role in making sure SWR Mind is properly run and managed and that it has enough money to do so.

We are particularly keen to hear from people with experience of finance and accounting, human resources and who have an understanding of mental health issues as well as a strong commitment to challenge the stigma surrounding it.

Trustees must be over the age of 18 and be able to spare four to six hours each month in return receiving out of pocket expenses for taking on the role which includes attending a monthly meeting, reading reports, attending several events and being at its annual general meeting once a year.

Head of services for SWR Mind Sophie Hall said: “We have four trustees who do an amazing job but we are desperate for more. As a small local charity, trustees are vital and for just a few hours of their time each month they can make a huge difference to people’s lives as well as gaining plenty of valuable experience.”

Although our short-term future is secure, we are still in need of people keen to support us by holding a fund-raiser whether it be a domino drive, bake sale, charity quiz, sponsored walk or for the more adventurous a sponsored skydive, trek or cycling challenge.

In addition, SWR Mind is hoping to form a volunteer fund-raising committee who will help us meet some of our £250,000 annual running costs by organising money-spinners, collections or helping at charity events.

Around 40,000 people – that's one in four people living in Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale - will experience mental health difficulties at some time in their lives.

Sophie added: “Mental ill health shatters lives and every penny people raise for us will go to supporting local people step on the road to recovery and rebuild their lives.

“Just over a month ago we thought our charity would closure its doors for good. Now although we are putting in funding bids and putting other plans in place, we would be very grateful to hear from any individuals, businesses or organisations that would like to hold a fund-raiser for us.”

SWR Mind is the only charity in the area to take urgent referrals from other services for people suffering from illnesses including anxiety, depression, lifelong illnesses such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia, and those experiencing psychosis or battling an eating disorder.

For more information about helping with fund-raising or to apply to become a trustee email info@swrmind.org.uk or call Sophie Hall on (01723) 588008.

SWR Mind can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWRMind1, follow them on Twitter @swrmind1 or log onto their website www.swrmind.org.uk for more details.