Romsey Abbey held its 10th Mental Health Awareness service, this year focusing on young people and the pressures they face.
Led by members of the youth group the sermon was replaced by a series of scenarios written by the young people themselves. Each scenario concentrated on a specific issue commonly faced by young people – the issues of confidence, bullying, family relationships and moving into the world of work, and summarised by Heidi Gower.
Rev David Potterton and Rev Nik Gower had prepared a service which enabled the congregation to consider the wider issues of mental ill health faced by so many. Bridget Brook, founding Trustee of Triangulate, spoke about how the Abbey had supported the work of Triangulate over the last ten years and reminded everyone that the need to speak out was as strong now and into the future as it had been when the charity was formed.
After the service there was the opportunity to sponsor the Youth Group Sleep Out (scheduled for Friday 6th April in the South Garth. The funds will come to Triangulate and then be disbursed to charities working with young people.
The ‘Faces of You’ photographic exhibition which is raising awareness of suicide, currently on display in the Abbey, was featured on BBC South Today on 7th September 2017. The report included interviews with those impacted by suicide including Bridget Brook from ‘Triangulate’ who talked about the huge pressures facing people today.
Downing Street announced 18th July 2017 that The Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Canon Tim Sledge as Dean of Peterborough. It is expected that Tim will officially be installed as Dean at 3.30pm on Sunday 15th October 2017.
As co-founder and inspirational Trustee of Triangulate Tim’s commitment to raising awareness of positive mental health has had a massive impact on all that we have achieved over the last 9 years. We are delighted for him and know he will carry this vital message with him to Peterborough.
As part of the 2017 Romsey Festival, the bollards in Romsey were yarnbombed and one of the many colourful yarn creations was produced to promote Triangulate.
The Triangulate tree design bollard cover has been knitted, crocheted and needle-felted by Rachel Brenton, Diane Kingston and Helen Griffith. The bollard cover, which features an array of colourful flowers and butterflies, and a bird nesting on top, is full of symbolism.
There are triangles on the trunk representing Triangulate, a pair of arms forms a hug around the trunk to highlight the need to look after ourselves and others and the tree itself represents the Tree of Life Café in Romsey (which runs on a Monday afternoon upstairs in Café Nero, from 3-5pm). The bird on her eggs represents the need for us all to care and nurture those around us, flowers symbolise how we can bloom when given the opportunity and butterflies reflect new life growing and blossoming from old.
Huge thanks to Rachel, Diane and Helen – a lovely addition to Romsey Festival 2017 activities.
We’ve bought a series of booklets on a range of topics – they are all free and can be picked up from our stand in Romsey Abbey. Please have a look – they’ve got useful, practical tips on how to deal with many aspects of keeping ourselves well.
And whilst there, do take a fun triangle-shaped highlighter – our first ever promotional item – we’d love you to have them to spread the word about our work.
Topics include: Later Life, Overcoming Fear and Anxiety, Sleep, Exercise, Mindfulness, Stress – all published by the Mental Health Foundation
We were delighted to enter a team in the fifth Relay Marathon organised by Romsey Rotary Club. 90 teams took part this year and with another warm, sunny morning times we enjoyed cheering all the runners round the track and seeing lots of friends running for a whole range of local charities. Our team completed in a time of 3 hours 37 minutes 57 seconds – thank you to you all again. A total of £1020 was raised to be shared equally between Triangulate and Romsey Abbey.
The Chamber hosted their first Business Fair in the Crosfield Hall as an opportunity for businesses who do not have a shop window in the town centre to meet the public and other businesses. We were delighted to have lots of positive conversations and to be able to give out lots of information booklets
To benefit from the last day of the globe hanging in the Abbey, Triangulate hosted an Employment Event aimed at employers, individuals and community groups. We were delighted to welcome an audience of over 100, including the Town Mayor Cllr John Parker, to view a series of short films projected onto the globe. Produced by Richard McLester the films focused on approaches that could be taken within the workplace and at home to deal with issues relating to anxiety and stress.
Richard Frost, Mindful Employer Lead, attended and spoke about sources of support that are available to employers, including two recent films ‘Let’s Talk’ and ‘Working with Anxiety’.
Triangulate Trustees Ian Cox, Canon Tim Sledge and Bridget Brook had all contributed to the films giving their perspectives on a range of wellbeing issues but all stressing the positives of creating opportunities for individuals to talk.
Increasingly there is an understanding of how wellness can be improved by opportunities additional to medical interventions. Tim spoke about The Tree of Life cafe held every Monday afternoon in Caffe Nero and we also heard about a new GP prescription arts programme being offered by Rum’s Eg.
At the end there was the opportunity for conversations and individual questions as well as the chance to look at a wide range of leaflets and books. We were also pleased to welcome colleagues from italk, Hampshire’s talking therapies service.