Each year during mental health awareness week the Trust highlights the help and support available for people in order to get them talking about mental health, which also helps eliminate the stigma often associated with mental ill health. This saw staff going into schools and businesses to provide stress awareness workshops, and holding events to highlight services and information available.
For the first time this year the Trust also facilitated not one, but two large charity events to promote the benefits of physical activity and maintaining wellbeing.
On a Tuesday 14th May, 48 members of staff took to the football pitches in Darlaston to play in the Trust’s Charity Football Tournament, and played fantastically, showcasing great teamwork and sportsmanship. The friendly, but competitive, games were watched by supportive staff, family and spectators alike, and also via our Facebook Livestream.
Just three days later on Friday evening another spectacular Trust fundraiser took place at the YMCA in West Bromwich, when more staff came together to zumba the night away and have some fun, whilst also raising funds for the Trust’s charity.
Judy McDonald, Deputy Director of Nursing who organised the zumba event said, “We wanted to make our fun charity events inclusive to all staff, and both events provided a fantastic opportunity for staff from all corners of the Trust to come together, unwind and enjoy themselves whilst meeting new colleagues and improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
Thanks to the generosity of all involved, and everyone who supported the events, we also raised a fantastic £500 which will be spent for the benefit of our service users.
Meeting new people, having fun and raising funds for charity all at the same time is a gratifying feeling and we look forward to organising more events in the coming months.”
If you wish to make a donation to our charity, you can do so by visiting: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/blackcountrypartnershipnhsfoundationtrustcharity.