See you at the Catch up cafe!

The Tomorrow Project is a confidential, suicide prevention service which offers practical and emotional support to those who may be having thoughts of suicide and may have been bereaved or affected by suicide.
 
The catch up cafes are for those who would like to access some informal, drop in support from our service and for those who would like information about our service. These sessions are for those aged 18 and above.
 
So whether you’d like some information on how we can support you or someone you know – if you’d like to come in and chat with a member of the team or to catch up with others – we will see you at the Catch up Cafe!
 
The following dates will take place at our Nottingham office at 1 Beech Avenue, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ:
– Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 11.30-12.30
– Wednesday 5th September 2018 -14.30-15.30
– Tuesday 18th September 2018 – 11.30-12.30
 
The following dates will take place at our East Leake office at Unit 1, Lighting House, 3-5 Station Road, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6LQ:
 
– Thursday 30th August 2018 – 14.00-15.00
– Thursday 13th September 2018 – 10.30-11.30
 
If you have any questions about the Catch Up Cafe or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or by calling 0115 880 0280.

See you at the Catch up cafe!

See you at the Catch up cafe!

The Tomorrow Project is a confidential, suicide prevention service which offers practical and emotional support to those who may be having thoughts of suicide and may have been bereaved or affected by suicide.

The catch up cafes are for those who would like to access some informal, drop in support from our service and for those who would like information about our service. These sessions are for those aged 18 and above.

So whether you’d like some information on how we can support you or someone you know – if you’d like to come in and chat with a member of the team or to catch up with others – we will see you at the Catch up Cafe!

The following dates will take place at our Nottingham office at 1 Beech Avenue, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ:

– Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 11.30-12.30
– Wednesday 5th September 2018 -14.30-15.30
– Tuesday 18th September 2018 – 11.30-12.30

The following dates will take place at our East Leake office at Unit 1, Lighting House, 3-5 Station Road, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6LQ:

– Thursday 30th August 2018 – 14.00-15.00
– Thursday 13th September 2018 – 10.30-11.30

If you have any questions about the Catch Up Cafe or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or by calling 0115 880 0280.

Chrissie will be running her first half marathon in September, in aid of The Tomorrow Project.

Chrissie will be running her first half marathon in September, in aid of The Tomorrow Project.

“Hello! I’m Chrissie. I’m currently training for my first half marathon in September. I would like to use this opportunity to raise some much needed funds for a local charity, which is close to a lot of people’s hearts – The Tomorrow Project.”

Chrissie is just 20% away from her target fundraising, can you help?

https://localgiving.org/fundrais…/chrissierobinhoodhalf2018/

Good luck we hope the training is going well Chrissie!

Thank you for choosing to support our life saving service.

580 miles in support of our life saving service

The amazing Joanne will be trekking 580 miles in support of our life saving service. Training for this challenge has begun with a 10 mile trek through through Snowdonia and climbing to the top of Moel Siabod.

The 580 mile challenge will be across Camino de Santiago where approx 20,000 pilgrims hike the Camino each year, all for their own reasons. Many searching for answers, wanting to find themselves or for the challenge its self.

“Its my 40th Birthday on September 29th. To celebrate this turn of a decade, I’m hiking 580 miles starting from Biarritz to Santiago de Compostela. I will continue past this famous city and hike the final 80 miles to the coast.

Pilgrims have been walking these routes for thousands of years all for different reasons; to form a spiritual path, for spiritual growth and increasing in popularity for the challenge of the hike.

After reflecting on the last decade and being aware of how far I’ve come with my own mental health struggles in life, I knew I wanted to do this hike not only to celebrate the transition into my forties, but more so for a higher reason and to utilise this amazing opportunity I have to raise awareness about mental health. The charity and the cause id like to support along ‘the way’ is a wonderful charity based in the East Midlands called Harmless.

They do incredible work towards self harm and suicide prevention. I attended a workshop ran by Harmless and resonated so much with the content, especially as several of the young people I was coaching at the time were struggling with self harm and suicide ideation. The knowledge and experience share by the trainer was invaluable to the way I adapted my coaching style and gave me the confidence to work with these sensitive issues.

Id love to see more charities, organisations, schools have access to this training and information and help breakdown the stigma and shame associated with suffering from mental health issues and the feeling of not being able to ask for help, or more so, not knowing where to get access to help.

I hope by sharing my journey of not only the Camino but also snippets of my own personal journey that this will raise awareness and perhaps give others hope.

Jo 🌸🌏🏞

If you’d like to donate please click here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/jo-elcamino580milehike/

Trekking 580 miles to save lives

The amazing Joanne will be trekking 580 miles in support of our life saving service. Training for this challenge has begun with a 10 mile trek through through Snowdonia and climbing to the top of Moel Siabod.

The 580 mile challenge will be across Camino de Santiago where approx 20,000 pilgrims hike the Camino each year, all for their own reasons. Many searching for answers, wanting to find themselves or for the challenge its self.

“Its my 40th Birthday on September 29th. To celebrate this turn of a decade, I’m hiking 580 miles starting from Biarritz to Santiago de Compostela. I will continue past this famous city and hike the final 80 miles to the coast.

Pilgrims have been walking these routes for thousands of years all for different reasons; to form a spiritual path, for spiritual growth and increasing in popularity for the challenge of the hike.

After reflecting on the last decade and being aware of how far I’ve come with my own mental health struggles in life, I knew I wanted to do this hike not only to celebrate the transition into my forties, but more so for a higher reason and to utilise this amazing opportunity I have to raise awareness about mental health. The charity and the cause id like to support along ‘the way’ is a wonderful charity based in the East Midlands called Harmless.

They do incredible work towards self harm and suicide prevention. I attended a workshop ran by Harmless and resonated so much with the content, especially as several of the young people I was coaching at the time were struggling with self harm and suicide ideation. The knowledge and experience share by the trainer was invaluable to the way I adapted my coaching style and gave me the confidence to work with these sensitive issues.

Id love to see more charities, organisations, schools have access to this training and information and help breakdown the stigma and shame associated with suffering from mental health issues and the feeling of not being able to ask for help, or more so, not knowing where to get access to help.

I hope by sharing my journey of not only the Camino but also snippets of my own personal journey that this will raise awareness and perhaps give others hope.

Jo 🌸🌏🏞

If you’d like to donate please click here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/jo-elcamino580milehike/

Do you shop Online?

If you shop online you could help us raise money for our life saving cause, at no extra cost to you!
 
We are part of easy fundraising who work with over 2000 retailers, who have all agreed to pass a donation to your chosen cause when you shop with them. The donation is usually a percentage of how much you spend with them but it can also be a set amount, such as £30 for a new car insurance policy from Aviva.
Other retailers include Amazon, M&S, Boden, John Lewis, Argos and 2000 other well-known names.
 
How do you join?
 
Firstly register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk and choose to support Harmless. It’s free to register and there are no costs at all throughout!
 
To raise money, instead of going directly to the retailer website, log into easyfundraising first and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You’ll then be taken to the retailer’s website where you shop as you would normally. But because you visited easyfundraising first, your cause gets a donation. It really is that simple.
No catch. Whatever you buy costs exactly the same as it would if you visited the retailer site directly.
 
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/blog/how-does-easyfundraising-work-a-guide-for-shoppers/
 
Our cause page:
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/harmless/
Shop online and help us save lives at the same time!! #Lifesaver

Do you shop Online?

If you shop online you could help us raise money for our life saving cause, at no extra cost to you!

We are part of easy fundraising who work with over 2000 retailers, who have all agreed to pass a donation to your chosen cause when you shop with them. The donation is usually a percentage of how much you spend with them but it can also be a set amount, such as £30 for a new car insurance policy from Aviva.
Other retailers include Amazon, M&S, Boden, John Lewis, Argos and 2000 other well-known names.

How do you join?

Firstly register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk and choose to support Harmless. It’s free to register and there are no costs at all throughout!

To raise money, instead of going directly to the retailer website, log into easyfundraising first and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You’ll then be taken to the retailer’s website where you shop as you would normally. But because you visited easyfundraising first, your cause gets a donation. It really is that simple.
No catch. Whatever you buy costs exactly the same as it would if you visited the retailer site directly.

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/…/how-does-easyfundrais…/

Our cause page:
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/harmless/
Shop online and help us save lives at the same time!! #Lifesaver

We are incredibly grateful to be supported by Alex who is running the Robin Hood half-marathon in memory of his friend Tony

We are incredibly grateful to be supported by Alex who is running the Robin Hood half-marathon in memory of his friend Tony. Take a read of Alex’s blog below…

Twelve months ago I received a phone call that was to define 2017 for me.

I was enjoying a summer’s day off work, so when my boss called my mobile I guessed it was something important – a major issue with one of my projects or a sudden change of plan for an upcoming meeting.

Instead, he told me that the police had just visited the office. This sounded really serious. Perhaps the place had been burgled or we were in some kind of legal trouble. But still I was nowhere near the truth.

In the days after, I replayed the conversation that followed in my head over and over again because it seemed so unbelievable. Perhaps I’d somehow misunderstood.

This is what my boss phoned to tell me: our former colleague and friend Tony had been found dead in his home and it looked like he had taken his own life.

The police had called in at work to find out if Tony had been noticeably unhappy during his time with us. He left the company the previous month with the intention of moving back to London, but it had certainly not been an acrimonious departure.

In fact we all remembered Tony for his good spirits and his departure from the firm was very amicable. I met him for a drink a week or so later and he seemed upbeat about his future.

In the weeks that followed, it still didn’t make sense that Tony had died by suicide. I had to keep reprocessing the news. Yes, my boss did call me with that news. Yes, that was what he said. Yes, it had happened.

I was probably the last person to see him socially, when we went for that drink. A couple of weeks later I sent him a text asking if he wanted to join a few of us from the office at a gig in Nottingham. He didn’t respond. I assumed he was busy looking for a new job or had gone abroad at short notice (which was the kind of thing Tony would do!).

It was only now I realised that he never opened the message.

A group of us from work were going to travel to the funeral in Kent, where his family were based. Unfortunately that week I became ill and was unable to travel.

Devastated that I couldn’t pay my respects in person, I decided to write a message that my colleagues could pass on to Tony’s family. I didn’t know what to say and after a few hours staring at a blank page, I just started writing down some of the funny stories and memories I had of him – this ended up being over 2,000 words long!

The funny thing was, I had only known Tony for eight or nine months. Yet in this time we became really good mates – the kind of mates who can sit in a pub setting the world to rights for hours on end, as we did on frequent occasions.

We were both website developers but with different expertise, so we had plenty of geeky stuff to talk about and learn from each other. But we also had similar tastes in music, enjoyed quality beer and shared a passion for long-distance running

Not that I was in the same league as Tony when it came to running. He would go off to different cities at weekends to compete in half-marathons just for fun – one time he even flew to Marrakesh and ran a marathon in the Moroccan heat without having done any proper training for it.

On his way back from Morocco, he bought small toy camels for everyone in the office – a total of about 25! Everyone had one of these camels on their desk. After we got the terrible news, they took on a whole new significance.

In fact, when a bunch of us decided to pay tribute to Tony in the most fitting way we could think of – a charity run at Wollaton Park last October – we put a camel on our race t-shirts as our emblem of ‘Big T’.

And that’s why, when I run the Robin Hood Half-Marathon in Nottingham this September, I’ll be wearing a t-shirt with a camel logo and once again paying tribute to my mate Tony (hopefully raising a lot of money for better mental health in the process).

During our short time working together, hanging out in various pubs and even going on the odd training run together, Tony inspired me to be a better programmer and a better runner (I was already quite good at drinking).

And he still does.

So even if 2017 was a painful year, I want to make 2018 a really positive one: first of all by getting fit enough to run the Robin Hood Half-Marathon in a time that Tony wouldn’t just laugh at; and secondly, by encouraging all my friends, family and industry colleagues to sponsor me and raise awareness about the work Harmless does.

To support Alex in fundraising for this half-marathon please click here:https://localgiving.org/fundraising/big-tone-2018/