We really value the support of all of our Charity of the Year partners – we love nothing more than getting to know your organisation over the course of a year, while receiving support in at least two of the following ways: volunteering, seasonal fundraising events, in-kind donations, sponsored challenges, awareness raising campaigns and onsite wellbeing activities.
As well as knowing you’re making a real difference to those facing mental health problems in Bath, charity partners may also receive mental health awareness raising sessions, a discount on all training courses and priority orders with our catering enterprise Food for Thought.
There are also volunteering opportunities to support your volunteer days.
We have worked with Woodhouse and Law, who raised funds for us and developed our allotment site with hard landscaping for improved access.
Royds Withy King produced our website film, undertook an office to office challenge walk from Bath to London and developed bespoke training with us.
Bath University and Sirona have had their staff away days on our award winning allotment site on the Monksdale Road.
Mental health and me – how filming for a charity showed me how little I know.
Where I work I am fortunate enough to be granted two, fully paid volunteering days each year. Many of us choose to use these days to get out the office and do something completely different. But this International Charities Day, I chose to do something a little more familiar and gift my volunteering days to a local charity in the form of two days’ worth of video production and digital marketing.
It is called #GiftExpertise and the idea is to take the skills we have developed through our careers, and use them in a relevant and constructive way to help our communities. You are literally gifting your expertise to a group that may need, but would normally be unable to afford your services.
For us in the Digital Marketing department, we are lucky enough to have some high quality filming equipment and world-class editing software. Sometimes we take it for granted, but the truth is that for many, kit like this is simply unaffordable.
This reality struck home when I was doing some mingling after supporting a networking event for our Employment team. Speaking to Bath Mind, a local charity, they commented on our use of video on social media and how they would love to have that kind of resource to help raise awareness of mental health and all the work they do in the community.
Charities like this have to give so much back, but manage with so little, and I realised that there was no reason why they couldn’t have some videos of their own and all it would take was two days of my time.
Can I actually help, or will I just be in the way?
We set about a developing a story for a promotional video that would help to showcase the Bath Mind brand, thinking about all the amazing services they provide and the best way to show how the city has benefited from twenty years of their hard work and commitment.
The day would be spent zigzagging between their office, an allotment ran by volunteers, a beautiful residential care home, and a cafe used for meetings. There were lots of things to consider, from the needs of potentially vulnerable people, all the way through to projecting the right corporate image and tone of voice, but Hannah Roper was a huge help organising literally everything, and making sure I was in the right place at the right time.
I now know how little I know…
I still need to put the edit together, but what is already becoming apparent is how oblivious I have been to the reality of mental ill health. That even in an affluent city like Bath, the front-line mental health services are being held together by a small, but extraordinarily compassionate group of people. The resources required are huge, but if it were not for groups like Mind, the issue of mental ill health would be much, much more pronounced than it already is.
So that is how I spent International Charities Day. I wanted to give the skills that this firm has helped me to develop back to our local community and I hope that the time that I was able to give can benefit a charity that makes a huge difference to so many people’s lives.
Look out for the video in the next few weeks on Bath Mind’s website and their social media channels and please do share it to help promote the fantastic work that the charity is doing.
Digital Marketing Manager at Royds Withy King