Working Together isn’t just about Forums and recovery plans. For instance, in December last year, people we support from our Richmond Fellowship Tameside Supported Housing service got to take part in a variety of activities, all thanks to money they’d raised from National Lottery’s Communities Fund. People we support were involved in putting together and sending the application for this grant, they then got to decide how they wanted to use the money - so they designed and organised a variety of activities to take part in! These activities included outdoor skills such as bush craft, hiking, archery and high ropes challenge, as well as learning how to meditate with BEANDDO modern mediation on Zoom.
Here is what some of the people involved in this experience had to say about it, including people we support and staff:
“It is so simple, and it really benefits me. I meditate every morning now. It helps me feel more relaxed”. Kerry, person we supported
“The team were wonderful, really putting people at their ease and removing obstacles. For example, they provided outdoor clothing which they quarantined, as well as an incredible all-terrain wheelchair”. Julie Wood, Community Link Advisor
“It’s really helped the people we support in an exceptionally tricky time. It’s been brilliant to see people learn to meditate and carry on with it. Meanwhile, we know how valuable it is getting into the outdoors and everyone has risen to the challenge.” Chris Delderfield, Registered Manager at the Tameside service
As you’ll see, extra funds like these help us to build out and strengthen the experience people we support have in our services. And all these great ideas came from working with people we support to make decisions!
If you would like to fundraise for Richmond Fellowship you can do so via Virgin Money Giving here.