Bromley & Lewisham Mind volunteers won 3 awards at the Community Links Bromley, 2017 Volunteer Awards Ceremony held on Tuesday 6th June at Bromley Library, attended by the Mayor of Bromley, Kathy Bance MBE and 60 other guests.
Mindful Mums volunteers won a Team of Volunteers Award. Mindful Mums volunteers draw upon their own experiences of being a mother, with training provided by Bromley & Lewisham Mind, to facilitate groups for pregnant women and new mums. Volunteers help women attending the groups to develop social connections, skills, tools and techniques to positively manage the changes that pregnancy and birth bring.
Karen Taylor, Mindful Mum Project Coordinator said, “The volunteers go above and beyond expectations. They help create a warm, welcoming atmosphere at the groups we run around Bromley, supporting pregnant women and new mums to look after themselves. The busy groups and positive feedback we receive from women attending the groups speak volumes about the vital role of the Mindful Mums volunteers – the Mindful Mums project would not be possible without them.”
Bromley & Lewisham Mind Trustee and Vice-Chair, Mike Ricketts, won a Supporting the Work of an Organisation Award. Mike has been a trustee at Bromley & Lewisham Mind for almost 10 years, sitting on several committees, contributing to the development of new mental health and dementia initiatives and fundraising activities. Linda Gabriel, Chair of Trustees at Bromley & Lewisham Mind, collected Mike’s award in his absence.Ken Kenway, won an award for Outstanding Commitment, for over 8 years of volunteering with MindCare Dementia Support. Ken became a volunteer at the MindCare Dementia Support Centre in Beckenham after visiting someone he knew who used the centre. At that moment, Ken decided he wanted to volunteer for MindCare to support people living with dementia and their family carers.
Ken added, “I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the volunteers in saying how much it means to us to be able to do our bit. Recognition is certainly not sought but is appreciated when it comes so thanks again.”Ben Taylor, Chief Executive of Bromley & Lewisham Mind, said, “Volunteers have always been vital in helping our organisation to support people living with mental health problems and dementia and help them improve that quality of life. It is wonderful that our valued volunteers have recognised for their dedication by these awards.”