Archive March 2019

Havant Youth Conference

During March Mike, our Community Development Officer, attended the Havant Youth Conference, which this year focused on ‘Your vote matters’ and ‘Your voice counts’. Mike spoke about how mental health is an important topic when considering local and national elections and how it is something that affects everyone.

The young people in attendance discussed what mental health is and how it includes wellbeing, stating it’s not just about illnesses. There was also discussion about stigma and worrying what people may think when talking about mental health and why this could mean people don’t talk as much about this important topic. This lead into why topics that are not spoken about are important to keep in mind if you are thinking about local representation and campaigns.

Students from secondary schools across the borough joined the Mayor of Havant, councillors and community groups for Havant Borough Council’s fifth annual Havant Youth Conference. Held at the Plaza on Friday 15 March the Havant Youth Conference aimed to get young residents inspired about issues that affect them and to teach them about their local council and councillors.

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East Hants Sports Awards

Havant and East Hants Mind were delighted to attend the East Hampshire Sports Awards in March and to have the first screening of our Ambassadors in sport video. We look forward to sharing this video more widely later in April.

HEH Mind were represented by Julie, HEH Mind CEO, Maria, HEH Mind Director of Services, Mike, HEH Mind Community Development Officer and Wendy, HEH Mind Ambassador at Petersfield Rugby Club.

They were amazed at the achievements of those nominated for awards. A huge congratulations to all winners and nominees.

The East Hampshire Sports Awards Ceremony is an annual event, organised by East Hampshire District Council, which recognises sportsmen and women at every level, and the coaches, officials and volunteers who work behind the scenes to help athletes and clubs succeed.

This year’s prestigious event was sponsored by Everyone Active, the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company and HEH Mind. Providing talented athletes in the district the chance to celebrate their achievements over the last year.

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Austen’s Café in Alton

Staff at an Alton café will be able to give their customers help with their mental health and wellbeing alongside their morning coffee thanks to a new agreement with a local charity.

Austen’s Café, on Lenten Street, has teamed up with East Hants MIND to help bring mental health into focus.

The partnership is the latest to take part in East Hampshire District Council’s Business Buddies Scheme, which matches businesses with local charities to explore how they can help each other.

The café is now part of East Hants MIND’s ‘community-minded business mental health ambassadors’ scheme.

Austen’s staff will receive regular support and information to help people with mental health and wellbeing issues that may come into the café. They will also support fundraising activities throughout the year.

Jonathan McDonald, the owner of the café, said: “We are proud to be taking this first step of working to support East Hants MIND. Their work really complements the things we were already doing, including The Anxiety Café every Monday.”

Ross Borman, from East Hants MIND, said: “Raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing and offering help to people in need is what MIND is all about. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Austen’s.”

The Business Buddies scheme is part of EHDC’s focus on welfare in the district. It seeks to join charities with businesses which can support them, through manpower, expertise or fund-raising.

Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, said: “The Business Buddies scheme was set up with just this kind of association in mind.”

“These two organisations can achieve so much more for the community than they can working apart, and I am delighted they have come together in this way.”

“We are always looking for more community-minded businesses that can offer something to local charities – whether that is professional expertise, volunteer time or funding.”

If your business would be able to offer support to the local charity Havant and East Hants Mind , please get in touch with Ross Borman on 023 92498916    email – [email protected]

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