Published on: 16th August 2019
A wellbeing festival in Grimsby has proven to be a raving success with over 600 people joining Young Minds Matter on the day.
Young Minds Matter is a service run by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It provides emotional wellbeing and mental health support in North East Lincolnshire. The event was organised to celebrate wellbeing in all of its aspects because the staff wanted to show that mental health services offer more than just therapy in its traditional form. The service was also using it as an opportunity to fundraise for their young people’s choir called Recovery in Harmony.
Natasha Cutts, Crisis and Home Treatment Practitioner and Dr Bethany Edlington, Clinical Psychologist started the choir in December 2018. They wanted to support young people’s recovery by helping them to express emotions through singing as therapy. Little did they know that eight months later they would be performing in front of a huge audience while trying to raise the funding to further develop the choir.
I wanted to give our young musicians an opportunity to perform and show off their talent. I thought that the summer school holidays would be a perfect time to organise an event concentrating on mental health and wellbeing. Dispelling myths about mental ill health, as well as promoting a message of recovery are key values for the choir.
It was also my dream to provide everything free of charge so that all families could attend without paying any fees. Thanks to support from local organisations and Young Minds Matter staff we offered free entry, free food, free refreshments, free activities, prizes and more.
Dr Bethany Edlington, who was one of the driving forces behind the event’s success added:
I’d like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors who generously supported the festival and allowed us to make it a free event for local families.
North East Lincolnshire Council supported the event. Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children and young people, said:
Health and wellbeing is important for all ages, but for young people it is especially vital that the right support is available when it is needed. This festival has clearly had a great impact in terms of bringing people together and giving them a chance to relax, enjoy a very positive and uplifting atmosphere, and learn more about mental ill health and how best to seek support.
We’re thrilled that this festival was such a success and look forward to helping build on this success next year.
The wellbeing festival took place on 7 August and was truly a collaborative effort including stands and activities run by Young Minds Matter, NSPCC, Carer’s Support Service, Care 4 All, NAViGO, CPO Media, VANEL, Lincs Inspire, She Rallies, Therapy Dogs UK, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Outdoor Learning School. Families also enjoyed performances, physical activities and games, as well as an opportunity to chill out in a quiet space with activities suitable for people with additional sensory needs.
The service received donations totalling £450 which will be used to purchase musical instruments that will be used therapeutically with Young Minds Matter service users alongside the ongoing work with the choir. A further £470 was raised on the day and this will go towards next year’s event. The festival has proven to be such a success that the service has decided that it will become an annual event.