News Round-Up 2nd February

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With certain subjects hogging the headlines of late, it’s easy to miss some of the other developments that have taken place this past week. So here at Dancing Giraffe, we have decided to collate some of the stories that you may have missed. Schools in New Jersey now required to teach disability-inclusive material An interesting […]

Community360 News

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Community Voices Monday 21st January 2019 2pm – 3pm Guest Speaker: Amanda Findley – discussing Community360 Winter Resilience work Working in partnership with a number of voluntary and statutory partners across the Borough, C360 is promoting the message “Stay Well, Stay Warm, Stay Connected. The aim is to help those residents who might be vulnerable […]

WellbeingMatters mental health peer support group meeting

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WellbeingMatters mental health peer support group meeting on Tuesday 8th January 2019, 6-8pm, Twenty-One on Southend seafront (opposite Adventure Island), Pier Approach, Southend-on-Sea – Open discussion with special guests about all things to do with mental health and wellbeing. They will be joined exclusively by several special guests who work in the field of mental […]

WellbeingMatters competition

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WellbeingMatters invites you to enter a festive fun competition for which you could win some fantastic prizes. All you need to do is identify the highest number of locations that feature in our mental health short film, ‘Circle of Support’ by 31 December 2018. ‘Circle of Support’ is a mental health short film, produced by […]

Scope: Online Community and Volunteering

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Hi Supporter, how are you today? On the community this week we’re talking about volunteering. Do you do any volunteering? You can tell us your story over on the community. The Importance of Volunteering “I don’t think I would have even been considered for the jobs that I have applied for, if it wasn’t for […]

Community360 News 23rd November 2018

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New research from Contact the Elderly highlights ‘Christmas anxiety’ is a common festive issue Despite Christmas Day being only five weeks away, more than three quarters* of the British public still don’t know how they plan on spending the day, as a new survey reveals that a third of us feel anxious and worry about […]

Southend Apple Day a Great Success

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Photos: Supporters enjoying Apple Day and helping to press the apples. Credit: Trust Links Local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links held a successful Southend Apple Day event on Saturday at St Laurence Orchard. The community event attracted 300 people and made more than £500 for the charity, to continue its work with some […]

Trust Links: Walking Together for Better Mental Health

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Photo: Walkers at the start of the walk at Growing Together Shoeburyness Walking Together for Better Mental Health More than 40 people joined the Walking Together sponsored walk, in aid of local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links. The walk was held on Saturday morning and the route was six miles from the charity’s […]

Trust Links News 18th September 2018

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Photo: Image of walkers enjoying the route in 2017 Walking Together for Better Mental Health Trust Links, the local mental health and wellbeing charity, is making a call out to the community to join them for their annual ‘Walking Together’ fundraising walk. The 6 mile walk will be from Growing Together Shoeburyness, along Southend seafront, […]

Grow It Cook It Eat It

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Local mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links is launching an exciting new course for people from the Castle Point and Rochford areas to learn gardening skills, cooking skills and to share a meal together. The ‘Grow It, Cook It, Eat It’ course runs for 12 weeks on Tuesdays – in the morning in Thundersley […]

How Music Can Help Those With Mental Health Issues

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Music is an important aspect of many treatments for mental health and this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The effects that a good tune can have on our emotions are endless. Think about the Film and Television industry who use background music to invoke particular emotions within us. With this knowledge and research done […]

What Is Depression and How Can We Help?

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  Some people don’t believe depression is a real medical illness, saying it’s “all in your head.” And in a way, they’re correct. Depression is all in the head because it’s caused by changes in the brain’s chemistry. It’s a serious illness and should be treated with care. To dismiss depression as a fictional illness […]

Autism: the “invisible” disability

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Adeane Tindall’s 13-year-old son, Max, was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, and it has been an uphill struggle. She told The Guardian: “We know that Max’s disability isn’t visible, but that doesn’t make it any less real. In fact, it’s tackling the issue head-on that has enabled him to achieve so much”. […]