Ten years ago Amy and I launched an organisation that we truly believed had the potential to help people but with not a lot other than hope and tenacity.
For years we had been involved in the charity sector and had learned what not to do… we knew the world needed something more. So Amy told me to stop moaning about it and get on and do something, and so we did.
We were told the concept of our model wouldn’t work.
In those early days we sought help from Business advisors and started to refine our concept of a social business that would save lives.
Shortly after we formed as a social enterprise and our first team member Adrienne Grove joined us and she’s been by my/our side every day since then.
Ten years on we have reached over 30,000 people that have experiences relating to self harm either directly or indirectly. And in recent time have trained over 4000 with an indirect reach of 90,000 people.
We have a growing team and this week we have moved into our own premises and a management team including myself and Adrienne, Amy Harroe and Darren Fox that have this year worked to exhaustion to enable the service to survive.
To mark our tenth anniversary we have worked with LeftLion magazine who have today published an article I did with them.
Next week we hold our celebration dinner to mark what we have achieved (there’s still a handful of tickets if you want to join us) with the following week myself being up for a Community Hero Award and Harmless in the running for two national mental health awards.
This year has been a tough year. At times we didn’t know if we were going to make it. It has been stressful and at times upsetting… but then you sit down with a 4 year old boy who’s daddy died by suicide this year and you remember just why we have to keep fighting because there’s always more to do. People need us. So we will continue to fight for your friends and family to live in a world where there’s someone who can help them, so when they pick up the phone there’s someone there.
Thank you to everyone for the support we’ve had over the years and to a fantastic team, without whom we wouldn’t have achieved our dream of creating a service that would save lives.
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