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There are so many wonderful things that happen at Motivated Minds, and here are just a selection of good news stories of the amazing work that takes place in our community. 

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Motivated-Minds

   Motivated Minds are a lifelong wellbeing provider who believe in supporting people of all ages and giving them various tools to live healthier and happier lives.  

She. A story of gratitude.

She asked me for the time, “midday” I softly said, and with a sigh, she grunted, “oh no! Only 10 hours until bed!”

Intrigued I asked what she had planned for the day ahead, ‘cos I was tired and couldn’t wait for the safety of my bed!

“I lost a friend a year ago before her time was here, I promised not a day I’d waste, and it’s been my favourite year!”

“But madam” I interrupted “that’s all well and good, but we all need to rest sometimes, your friend would have understood”

“There’s just so much to do and see” she said with a little haste. “Even the days I’m tired, I make sure it’s a not a waste”

“If I can’t leave my bed, I play a long forgotten song, and if it’s raining out I look for rainbows, as the sun can’t stay away too long” 🌈

“Enjoying life is easy, when you’re thankful for the sun, and when a morning song from a nesting sparrow, makes you sing along”

“Or when you’re counting out your pennies, and you haven’t got that much, but then someone kind holds your hand, and you feel the warmth of their touch”

She changed my life that lady, I think of her everyday. I look for the good, I try real hard, and all that I can say…

Some days are harder than others, some days can be real tough, but everyday I look for the good and fill my world with love ❤️

Posted 10 weeks ago

One month in lockdown with Motivated Minds…

It’s been one month since the UK went into lockdown and we have seen an amazing transformation in the way we work. From video conferencing to telephone counselling, lockdown hasn’t stop us reaching out to those that need support with their wellbeing.

Our HAPPY Hub in Eastgate shopping centre may be temporarily closed, but our team have been busy spreading cheer across the borough and we are overwhelmed by the response.

At the beginning of April our volunteers pulled together to open a brand new food bank in Laindon after discovering that it is the only town in the Basildon Borough to not have such a service.

Already we have had 100 households stop by for essentials and Easter treats courtesy of supporting partners. The financial strain on the UK is rife with many families, business owners, and local providers suffering a drop in income, so a little extra help to stock up the cupboards can be both a physical relief when you have hungry mouths to feed, and a financial relief too!

But this has taken immense community spirit to achieve and we couldn’t have done it without our partners, supporters and volunteers. We estimate over a 1000 hours have been dedicated to supporting people through the pandemic over the last month by our core team.

So far we have gathered around £16,000 in emergency funds that will be continually invested into the work we do. Much of this money has been spent on (or ring-fenced for) our new food bank. Whilst we have gratefully been in receipt of ‘foodshare’ items from Asda and Tesco which equate to over half a tonne of food a month - food that would otherwise go to waste- we have also purchased items such as infant toiletries and nappies, cleaning essentials, fresh items, and store cupboard ingredients for our food bank visitors.

This funding will also really help toward ongoing free one-to-one counselling and mental health support, but with the lockdown extended, we are working hard to secure additional funds to meet the growing need for our services.

Currently, through the Essex Welfare Service we are co-ordinating around 400 additional kind-hearted volunteers who are being paired with local people in need to keep our community safe and connected; and we have been hearing wonderful stories of people coming together in solidarity.

Whilst a challenging time, we are in awe of the gratitude, spirit and strength we are seeing and have decided to proudly add a rainbow to our marketing materials to thank our keyworkers and volunteers on the front line, and remind everyone of the power of hope. Just like how the sun breaks through a grey sky on a rainy day, our community will pull through this virus, because we are resilient, and stronger together.

We’re one month in and immensely proud of what we have achieved. If you are able to support our ongoing work with a donation, no matter how small, you could be the reason someone smiles again during these dark hours.

To make a donation towards our Coronavirus Emergency appeal, click here >>> https://localgiving.org/charity/motivatedminds/project/corona/

Posted 10 weeks ago

Motivated-Minds launch new food bank in Laindon to support local people in need

Volunteers from Motivated-Minds based in Basildon have pulled together at this time of crisis to launch a new food bank in Laindon, the only town in the Basildon Borough to not already have a service like this running.

Our Managing Director, Carla Andrews, has been working with Basildon Council over the last few weeks to ensure that there are fresh and store cupboard items available for local people that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we have already supported 77 households since the beginning of the month.

Carla said “we are proud to support the Basildon community and enjoy our work very much, but these are worrying times not just for those that we usually support at our Happy Hub in Eastgate Shopping Centre, but for so many people across the world!”

She continued “When we identified that there was not a food bank already operating in the Laindon area, our volunteers and partners rallied together to get one opened immediately. There are hundreds of people in our Borough that are struggling, and the additional stress the pandemic is causing is phenomenal.”

The Motivated-Minds food bank is situated at King Edward Community Centre on King Edward Road in Laindon and is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3pm - 6pm and is open to anyone struggling through the crisis.

Carla added “we’ve been working hard to secure essentials for the foodbank but were delighted to have had Easter Eggs donated from the Rayleigh Lions, and Holland and Barrett too! Plus the Basildon Round Table kindly donated £500 to help further our work, but there are still so many people that need our support!”

If you would like to make a donation to Motivated-Minds to help us reach out to those most vulnerable during these uncertain times, visit: www.localgiving.org/charity/motivatedminds/project/corona.  

Posted 11 weeks ago
 
 

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