The Healthy Minds in Salford project is a 12-month community wellbeing initiative engaging local residents of all ages who are struggling with their mental health. Mind provides a free, rolling programme of wellbeing sessions based on mindfulness principles to help reduce stress levels and anxiety as well as improving sleeping patterns and overall mood.
The Salford Befriending Project is a 12-month pilot volunteering project, which is user-led and community-based. The project will empower a group of volunteers to engage a group of 16 older residents from Salford who are experiencing social isolation, in group sessions, and offer support to make friendships and reduce loneliness. The aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
Anna Russell, Corporate Responsibility Director, Bupa UK, said: “Bupa has been in Salford since the 1990s and we think it’s important to give back to our local community. To mark the opening of Bupa Place, our new office in Salford Quays, we wanted to support a local charity that’s helping people with causes that are close to our heart. We’re really delighted to be supporting the really important work of Mind in Salford.”
Lawrence Caygill, Fundraising and Business Development Manager at Mind in Salford, said: “We are extremely grateful for the kind contribution Bupa has made to Mind in Salford, and can ensure that the funds donated will make a profound and enduring difference to the lives of Salford residents. At this time there is more demand on our services than ever, which is why this money is so important.
“Bupa’s support will enable us to sustain the delivery of our wellbeing and social isolation programmes, and help local people manage stress and anxiety, reduce loneliness, and engage more closely with their community.”
A member of the Salford community who has taken part in the Healthy Minds in Salford project said: “At first I was dubious because other relaxation programmes haven’t done much for my stress. But I did an eight-week mindfulness course with Mind in Salford, and I must admit, it was amazing. We were given mindfulness CDs and were able to download practices to our phones, which was really useful. If you get the opportunity, I would highly recommend trying mindfulness – it’s well worth it.”