Donations support new skills

Donations support new skills

POSITIVE  mental health is vital for our customers as they rebuild their lives.  Thanks to a summer of fund raising it will be top of the agenda for our Wakefield SUSTAIN setting.

A Northern Soul Night and sporting events saw the team raise more than £2,600, money which will be used to provide customer focused activities, and vital new equipment.

The Northern Soul Night was orgnasied by our Volunteer and Peer Development Co-ordinator, Fran Lomax.  A keen caravanner it was held at the  Lido Leisure Park, Knaresborugh.  The clubhouse owners provided food and entertainment so that all money raised went directly to SUSTAIN with caravan owners donating auction and raffle prizes.

Sports mad supporter and SUSTAIN volunteer, David Allman,  completed a series of running challenges he had undertaken on our behalf.

“The money is a fantastic boost and will allow us to invest in a table top cooker, possibly a laptop and other leisure activities for customers.   They will be able to learn domestic skills to boost their independence and also improve their mental wellbeing, critical if their new lives are to be successful.

“Learning to cook will improve their health and boost their self esteem.  Being able to access digital skills will open up the chance to have bank accounts, apply for tenancies, access learning and look at job opportunities,” said Fran.

“The power of positive mental health is under estimated but not getting the right support at the outset is a major barrier to success,” said Fran.

“We can’t thank the Lido enough, the generosity of the park and that of the donors who gave prizes or bought them,” she said.  “David’s efforts on our behalf have been very welcome so we are very grateful.