We have launched a new fundraising appeal in Romsey to enhance the support available to people with mental health issues.
Since 2011, the Tree of Life Café has offered mental health and wellbeing support to people in Romsey. However, its vision is to raise awareness more widely and to make the available advice, support and signposting information more accessible by creating an online resource.
The Tree of Life Café is run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Romsey Abbey and Triangulate, and takes up residence in Romsey’s Caffe Nero each Monday. Anyone is welcome to come along and find some peace and quiet, have someone to talk with or access some support and signposting information with regard to mental health issues and wellbeing.
Vanessa Lawrence, Acute Care Chaplain for Southern Health, helps to run the weekly café. She says: “The Tree of Life Café has made such a positive impact in Romsey, however I know we can do more. The people we help live with their mental health issues day in, day out, and we need to be able to provide them with the support they need, when they need it.”
“By building an online resource, people will be able to access up-to-date advice and signposting information at any time, and this will help us to raise awareness and spread a positive message about mental health much further. I am passionate about providing people with support they need to aid their recovery and this fundraising project will allow us to do this more effectively for the people of Romsey.”
By raising £5000, Vanessa will be able to create an online resource that will host all the information currently available at the face-to-face café, and much more. She also plans to purchase a laptop to make the resource available to people during the Monday sessions.
By making a donation today, you can make Vanessa’s vision become a reality. Visit http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/brighterway/treeoflife