As Mental Health Awareness Week commenced [today until 14 May], Southern Co-op announced a new community partner, mental health charity, Solent Mind. The charity will receive an initial donation of £40 000 which is funded by Southern Co-op stores’ carrier bag levy and the announcement kicks off a ground-breaking two-year ‘peer support’ project together.
Solent Mind is the fourth community partner chosen as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign. The campaign addresses four key themes: Greener, Safer, Healthier and More Inclusive Neighbourhoods, with a community partner for each one.
It is the leading regional mental health charity across Hampshire and the Solent area. The organisation is developing a national reputation for its peer support work, led by people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. All of the support team have experienced mental health problems themselves, and are using their personal experiences of mental ill health and recovery to support others in similar situations, and to offer hope for a brighter healthier future.
Sue Forber, Head of Peer Support, Solent Mind said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as a community partner for Southern Co-op. Their generous initial donation will enable us to develop our ground-breaking new peer support groups in local communities throughout Hampshire. These groups are run by trained volunteers who have experienced mental health issues and offer hope and mutual support away from a medical setting, by sharing interests, hobbies and social activities. We can’t wait to work with our Southern Co-op!”
Southern Co-op has committed to working together with like-minded people for their mutual benefit, to making a difference locally and aims to be a part of every community in which they trade. By working with Solent Mind through their campaign for healthier communities, Southern Co-op will support and promote the mental and physical health and wellbeing of colleagues and customers alike.