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***MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK MAY 14TH-18TH 2018***

***WE ARE IN NEED OF DONATIONS! IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO DONATE OR ORGANISE AN EVENT ON OUR BEHALF, PLEASE DROP US A LINE EITHER ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, OR AT OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, support@withoutwings.co.uk WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU***

***A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED TO MAKE THE
COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH FAIR A RESOUNDING SUCCESS!***

Welcome to Summer/ almost Summer! What with the brighter days upon us now, many of us will be hoping for an increase in our happiness levels – after all, it’s impossible to be unhappy when it’s sunny… isn’t it? Or maybe not… Sadly, although for the many, the longer, brighter days signify a much needed mood boost after the long Winter, for the few, the fact that we should be happy – especially if pain or immobility is an issue, can only intensify feelings of isolation.

“The thing with broken clocks you can always tell exactly when they stopped ticking. With people it isn’t so easy and sometimes you can’t even tell they’re broken.” 

Safeguarding the mental health of people living with an autoimmune arthritis diagnosis, is at the heart of Without Wing’s work. It is for this reason that – thanks to all the amazing donations we have received, we have recently decided to develop a much stronger, more flexible partnership with the Lisa Lowe Centre. This means that rather than paying on a session by session basis, we now buy into a share of a counsellor, putting us in a position to offer a more bespoke service. So, alongside our regular counselling initiative we are also offering: early intervention home visits, support for loved ones and carers and perhaps in the future, on request, safely co-ordinated, group meetings. This is an amazing ‘dream come true’ initiative and we really hope that the support we are able to provide via the fantastic Lisa Lowe, will help nip illness related stress in the bud. In doing so, our goal is to help people avoid developing more serious mental health issues at a later date. Please, please do contact us if you are in need of this service!

In addition to this, next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. In recognition of this, we are very excited to say that Charles Linden, ex anxiety sufferer, world renowned anxiety educator and devisor of TLM – The Linden Method for Complete Anxiety Recovery, has agreed to give a FREE Skype session! Did we say FREE! Yes, indeed! 6.45pm for a 7pm start at the Laxey Working Men’s Institute Tuesday 15th May. All are welcome, though approximately half the tickets have been reserved so far. Although we are sure there will be spaces, if you are at all anxious (groan!) about missing this event, please do let us know if you’d like us to reserve you a seat. Charles Linden’s work is the very reason Without Wings exists in the first place, so his unique take on anxiety conditions and how to tame them, is something we are very much looking forward to hearing him share. <3 TLM website is here by the way https://www.thelindenmethod.co.uk/ if you want to have a quick look in advance 🙂

DONATIONS! Last year we did fabulously well – thanks to being a new charity! This year was therefore ear marked to be about spending those funds in the best, most useful, most far reaching way possible. We do believe we are on target with this. Our very exciting counselling initiative has been our main focus and we are happy to say it is being well used! Given current uptake, we are also fairly confident this will continue to be our largest outgoing as the charity develops. Other initiatives, such as funding towards complementary health, rehabilitation etc have also taken a portion of the funding, and funds continue to be used to underwrite our awareness and information events. Our aim for these is to make them as financially accessible to as many people as possible. We are delighted to say that people are hearing about our efforts, using our services, and that the general public are definitely becoming better educated about the impact of autoimmune arthritis on people’s lives.

Sometime towards the end of 2018, we hope to receive a decent amount of funding from the Northern Co-op’s Community Fundraising Scheme  ( https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund) This money has been directly reserved for our counselling initiative 2019. If you are a Northern Co-op member, please choose us as your charity! In the meantime, if you would like to help fund/ fundraise in order to help us keep going with ALL our initiatives – and to help us build on our ever expanding counselling, we would LOVE to hear from you! As it stands, after careful funding consideration, we have decided to postpone our ‘Love to Move Bouncy Castle Day’ – which was set to highlight the impact of autoimmune arthritis on younger people, until next year when our financial resources are more buoyant!

So in other news…. What can we say but a HUGE HUGE thank you to everybody who helped make the Complementary Health Fair such a fabulous success! We were busy from start to finish, copious amounts of delicious soup and apparently ‘marmite-esque’ love or hate very strong turmeric lattes were consumed (apologies – next time will tone down the amount of spices!), all the therapists were AMAZING – happy, friendly, professional and willing to just jump in and get on with a great day. We also had excellent feedback regarding the Lego from one six year old attendee! And… The public came! Though rushed off our feet, the Without Wings gang did manage to sneak a few moments of both face yoga and reflexology – the latter from Fiona Brown who we think literally did not stop the entire day. We had so many therapists I don’t think we will mention them all here, but we are in the process of adding them to our Information Page. Please note that this is not necessarily endorsement, but everyone was wonderful on the day and we hope the public find it useful to have a resource for easily locating complementary health practitioners. Also – please get in contact if we have missed you! We also want to give a special thank you to the Lisa Lowe Centre for sending along Catherine Wareing – one of their counsellors, who was also able to provide information on both our initiative and that of the Lisa Lowe as a whole. Well done everyone involved – this was so much fun and is definitely an event we will run again – please do sign up to our newsletter so we can keep everyone informed about this and all our other events.

So final thank yous… All the Trustees and volunteers as ever, Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today,’ IOM Newspapers, Manx Life and Family Manx for their continued support for our events, also, Shoprite for donating a voucher so we could purchase the ingredients for the soup kitchen at the Complementary Health Fair, the Lisa Lowe for being just fantastic and last, but not least, the Laxey Working Men’s Institute – we LOVE this venue! Looking forward to seeing people next Tuesday and keep your eyes peeled of course for our JULY event – TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED : HEALING AGAINST THE ODDS II which will take place at Noa Bakehouse – it is looking all set to be brilliant!

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