BECOME A MINDWISE CHARITY PARTNER
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Oganisations and community groupings (such as schools, businesses, church groups or social clubs) as well as individuals can also ‘sign up’ to show their support for MindWise and help raise funds for us. Your organisation, school or grouping may want to consider choosing MindWise as your ‘Charity of the Year’ partner. Throughout the partnership you can then help MindWise to raise funds and awareness of mental illness by working with us to organise fundraising/awareness events in your setting. One on four people living in Northern Ireland will be experiencing some form of mental illness at any one time, so it is highly likely that in your workplace, church, school or social club someone will have direct experience. With your help we can reach all those that need our help and break-down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

As well as helping us, a charity partnership will also be of benefit to your staff/members as throughout the partnership awareness of contributors to the onset of a mental illness among your staff/members will grow and they will also benefit from a sense of well-being knowing that they have helped to make a real difference to the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable and often unsupported individuals.

Case Study: Marks & Spencer Simply Food (Ballyhackamore)

The food and fashion retailer Marks & Spencer is well known for its high levels of corporate social responsibility. In Northern Ireland the staff in each store are given the opportunity to decide on an annual basis which cause they would like to support. In October 2009, the staff at the Marks & Spencer Simply Food store on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast decided to support MindWise’s fundraising efforts.alt

The staff decided to support this cause as they recognised mental illness as an issue that could potentially affect anyone but one which was often not as well supported through corporate fundraising as other social issues were. Initially the store agreed to participate in a 12 month partnership with MindWise ending in October 2010. However the partnership has worked so well for both parties and has been so well received by the store’s customers that it was extended to run until March 2011.

 Throughout the partnership the staff have engaged in number of fundraising initiatives to raise monies including, Mad Hatter Tea Parties, Santa Strolls and taking part in the Belfast City Marathon and hosting Door Collections in the store. MindWise thanks the staff not just for their fundraising efforts but also for doing all they can to raise awareness of mental illness.

 
 

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