What a day Saturday 8th September was for the people of Stockport and for Stockport and District Mind. Five thousand people descended on Woodbank Park in glorious sunshine and were treated to a fun fair, live bands, an interactive circus, beer, cider and cakes! It was great to see so many happy faces celebrating mental health, enjoying the sunshine and having a really good time.
We received help from two groups of young people as part of their Challenge project; one group acted as enthusiastic gophers the other walked to Manchester and back in fancy dress. It was heartening to see such enthusiasm for a cause by 16/17 year olds, very different to the usual publicity around our youth!
There are far too many people to thank everyone individually but I would like to single out a few: Collin for his excellent organising skills, Jo for the circus, Les for his driving and Bianca for the bands. Special thanks go to Hornbeam and Quantum breweries for providing free beer and Stopfordians for free security. However everyone contributed something to the day and to all that helped and/or attended a big Thank You.
Once again I set 3 objectives:
Everyone to have fun Tick!
Awareness of mental health and Stockport Mind Tick!
To raise funds Tick!
Within a week of the Fun Day we held a Staff development day at the Evron Centre in Shaw Heath, it was well timed as the post Fun day “hangover” was setting in. We decided to make it an enjoyable but informative day and every member of staff attended. It started with a quiz, half Stockport Mind and half general knowledge with a prize for the latter which team Sheldon won. The objective of the Mind quiz was to inform staff of where we have come from, where we are and where we are going.
Collin then updated us all on the Communication Group and this was followed by a team exercise to produce a “newspaper fashion statement” best described by the pictures. After lunch we were joined by three Board members, Shirley (our Chair) gave a brief talk on their role in the organisation and then joined in with our own version of Question Time.
We finished by creating chairs out of balloons, four teams , four chairs, I had the dubious pleasure of trying them all out! We all had fun but I’d like to think that the day was also informative and helped to bring the team closer together.
Thank you to the Evron Centre for your hospitality and to everyone who took part.