Run the ABP Southampton Marathon for Solent Mind!
Take on the ABP Southampton for Solent Mind!
Get ready for an incredible day of running across the city, with events for all ages and abilities including the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Race and Fun Run.
We have free spots for all distances so lace up those running shoes and get your marathON!
Sign up here: https://solentmind.beaconforms.com/form/8a607370
Debbie's story: "I recommend the digital course to everybody!"
Debbie is a volunteer at the Mayfield Nurseries café and a graduate of the digital skills course.
“I wasn’t very well, I had been a long term carer for my elderly parents who had sadly passed away and we had isolated together all through the pandemic. When they passed away I suffered from very poor mental health. Luckily I had great support from the community mental health team who put in place a recovery plan for me.
I have absolutely no interest in gardening whatsoever. But as I was getting better, to help my recovery, they recommended that I come to Mayfield nurseries and it has transformed my life, far better than any medication.
When I first came here I couldn't even speak to people - I had been isolating with my mum so it was really strange being amongst people again. I found out about the computer course being offered. I used to use quite advanced computers - Computer Aided Design computers for warships. But all that kind of information I can't take in so well now. And I was quite nervous about modern technology, and I thought the course would be quite useful because so much is going online and is digital now.
I found out about the course from just coming here [Mayfield Nurseries], I think it was the second course that they ran which I joined. It was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Even for someone like myself with memory challenges now and again. They are so patient. They explain things in simple terms. And they don't mind repeating it. All of the tutors have got great empathy for people who've got mental health challenges for various reasons. If anybody's getting a bit stressed or frustrated that they can't do something then they seem to know when we're about to need a reboot. They'll offer us a little chat outside somewhere quiet, to sit yourself down. Nothing was too much trouble with them.
The groups are a nice size, when I went there was about eight of us. So there was one tutor for every two of us - their knowledge was great. They work as a really good team. They are so supportive of the individuals that come on the course. The group that I was with was mainly people between 50 and 75 or perhaps even older than that. The way they run the course is so empowering for people who are nervous of modern technology. Whereas Little People may not care if they make mistakes, I am very nervous of messing things up and breaking my computer or iPad. We've had an iPad for a couple of years but I never had the time to use it and when I did I was nervous that I would break it.
At the course they showed me how to use an iPad, how to use my mobile phone. It is really lovely the way they do the assessment at the start, it helps you think of your skills with a question like "What would you say 10 of your skills at the moment?" and then there is lovely surprise at the end of the course when they do it again and the scores go up. It makes you realise 'crikey, I've learned all that'. It's just smashing.
I've got much more confidence to make mistakes on my iPad and know how to get out of it. The bonus of the course, especially with someone like me with short term memory problems, is that if you’ve forgotten something, you can always come back on a Friday to the drop-in afternoon, the same friendly faces are there and one of them will be able to help sort something out. And if that person can't sort it out, there's such a good team that they'll find someone in the team who knows how to sort out something.
It's been so good for my confidence and getting used to being around people too. I volunteer at the café now and I recommend the digital course to everybody!”
What is the digital skills course?
Mayfield Garden Centre's Digital Skills Course is an 8 week course designed to reduce digital isolation and improve wellbeing through connection. The course covers everything from browsing the Internet safely, communicating safely with others online, booking online appointments, shopping and banking. The courses are held at Mayfield Nurseries in Southampton and at other community locations around Hampshire. A weekly digital drop-in at Mayfield Nurseries provides a friendly group for community members to get extra help with digital skills.
How is it funded?
It is free of charge for course participants and is funded through donations from individuals, grant-making bodies and corporate supporters. The programme receives no NHS or government funding.
Over £12,000 raised in rowing challenge event!
On Saturday 20 January, CrossFit Iron Duke raised an incredible £12,811 for Solent Mind and ReORG at their rowing challenge event. Joined by 36 teams, including our Minds Matters Rowers, one half of the CrossFit Iron Duke owners, Kerry Cooley, reflected on the day and why they chose to raise money for us…
We first fundraised for Mind and Solent Mind back in 2019, when we held a charity 24 hour WODathon. The reason behind choosing Mind for this event at the time, is because we understood that people's mental health issues are 24 hours a day.
At CrossFit Iron Duke we have always strived to create a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental place where members can come in and train, or just come in for a coffee, see a friendly face or two and just be themselves without any fear of repercussions or feelings of guilt.
Many of our members suffer with their mental health and these refer to CrossFit Iron Duke as their ‘happy place’.
Solent Mind was the charity nominated and chosen by our members for our 2024 Charity Row, alongside ReORG who we are a proud supporter of.
We value the work that they provide in Hampshire and deeply value the help and support they have provided to our members over the years.
36 teams of four people rowed 100,000m, to hit a target of 3.6 million meters whilst raising money for ReORG and Solent Mind. The goal was to raise £10,000 which would be split between the two charities.
The incredible teams from CrossFit Iron Duke and also teams made up from non-members from outside the four walls of CrossFit Iron Duke, rowed an amazing 3.6 million meters.
The quickest team took six and a half hours to complete their 100k, and the final team completed their 100k row in eight and a half hours, which also included our adaptive athlete, Elizabeth.
There were also three rowers that were used for people to drop in, row and donate to the charities. Two members and one coach who were unable to make the event also rowed in Bahrain, Gibraltar and at home respectively.
That took our overall total for the day to 3,741,000 meters rowed. Blowing our target out of the water by 141,000 meters. In addition, there was 50k clocked up on a bike, and 21k skied by one of our coaches brothers in Vancouver, Canada.
The monies raised to date from this event is currently standing at a phenomenal £12,720 with donations still coming in.
Crews from Blue Watch and Blue Watch from Cosham Fire Station showed their support for the row. Due to some last minute ‘assistance’ for two teams, our member Rich called upon some of his work mates to ‘help out’. Jake and Lee joined two teams, and Craig, Phil ‘Larry’ and Kev also showed their support by popping in and rowing 30k between them, whilst Kev entertained the numerous visitors to the fire truck whilst being looked after with tea and donuts from The Bakehouse in Denmead.
Another Hampshire & Isle of Wight Firefighter Stu (alongside the previously mentioned Craig, Stu was part of the Minds Matter Atlantic Row for Solent Mind and the Firefighters Charity), was drafted in to cover another place in a team as a team member was called out to Bahrain for work.
Support was also given from local companies: Big Crocodile Sports Clothing and Accessories for printing our t-shirts, Bishops Printers for our nameboards, A1 Loo Hire (Waterlooville) for additional toilets, Concept 2 for lending us additional rowers, The Bakehouse in Denmead for providing donuts and brownies, Cydnee Brook Photography and 16 Regiment Royal Artillery. This is what you call a community working together!