Councillor John Bicknell
Of the charities that I have chosen to support in my mayoral year, one is Springfield Mind. We are all conscious of the need for healthcare provision, but mental health care has been the poor relation for too long. Springfield Mind's mission is to prevent problems associated with poor mental health and to create a society where sufferers can live free of stigma, discrimination and achieve personal well being. I am also supporting the Shakespeare Hospice, which provides much needed respite care for those with life-limiting illnesses and rely upon charitable fundraising to continue their mission. In addition, I am supporting the Lifeways organisation, a natural health charity who I've come in contact with through my involvement with Stratford Timebank and Transition Stratford, and act as facilitators for many charitable organisations from their base in Albany Road.
1 in 4 people struggle with their mental health.Springfield Mind provides early intervention services to help, including Mental Health First Aid courses for employers and Active Monitoring alongside GP surgeries. Our 4 hubs offer free one-to-one support, walk-in sessions, community outreach and workshops.
Our Hospice delivers a diverse range of services,including hospice at home, day hospice and bereavement counselling, to adults and young people across South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds. Our hospice is not just about end of life care, we provide support throughout the journey from diagnosis through to treatment, and survivorship.