Mental health organisation MindSpace is working on plans to extend its services.

The organisation, founded by Dr Dan Petrie of St Mary’s Medical Centre, Stamford, connects people to existing mental health support and develops new projects.

Trustees and volunteers are awaiting the outcome of an application for official recognition as a charity. In the meantime, plans are being developed for a Men’s Shed – an opportunity for people, men in particular, to come together in a workshop environment and work alongside each other and chat. Other ideas include group walks in Fineshade Wood, counselling provision, a community cinema and an outdoor gym.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) chief executive David Fannin said: “Everyone behind MindSpace has invested a great deal of effort in getting all the groundwork in place on which to build.

“Lincolnshire CVS is delighted to have played a small part in helping that happen.”

For MindSpace, an open forum in 2015 was the first initiative, then came a drop-in cafe and a walking group. The Lincolnshire Recovery College has since collaborated and now offers 20 free short courses through Stamford College on all areas of mental health including anxiety, low mood and getting a good night’s sleep. All this is available via self-referral.

Last year:

  • More than 1,000 people received free refreshments and an opportunity to chat at Mindspace events including those held at Stamford’s The Fine Foods Store
  • More than 100 attended forum events, increasing mental health awareness
  • More than 50 people received free complementary therapies
  • More than 50 benefited from the Recovery College

LCVS has provided detailed guidance for MindSpace trustees on their role, on policies and procedures and Men’s Sheds.

Julie Harwin, MindSpace project manager, said: “If you get the foundations right, for any organisation, you have got something that is going to be strong for the long term and that’s what LCVS has enabled us to do. We have got those foundations in place.”

Weekly walks followed by tea/coffee and biscuits are held in Burghley Park, meeting at 2.30pm at the Evergreen offices, Barnack Road, Stamford.

‘Relax at The Shack’ events are held at Stamford Recreation Ground, 7pm to 9pm, on the first and third Thursday of every month. The events are ‘relaxed sofa style evenings’ where people play board games, get their nails done, sit and read with a cuppa on the sofa and complementary therapists offer taster sessions.

MindSpace is keen to hear from people who would like to get involved in existing and future projects as volunteers, email: info@mindspacestamford.com

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