Redcar & Cleveland Mind applied to Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge, and was given £1,500 to support the mental health of volunteers.

Nick Murray, Funding & Development Officer for Redcar & Cleveland Mind, with Darlington Building Society, Redcar Branch Manager, Lisa Sidgwick.

Published: 1 November 2021

Redcar & Cleveland Mind applied to Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge, and was given £1,500 to support the mental health of volunteers.

The charity supported Covid responders after the first 2020 lockdown, realising that volunteers needed help with their own mental health too.

Nick Murray, Funding & Development Officer for Redcar & Cleveland Mind, said: “It’s been a difficult time for many people, especially those with mental health issues.

“There are a lot of volunteers working in East Cleveland who have been supporting others through this challenging time, and we recognised that they also needed support. As an independent local charity, we have to raise all our own funds. This grant from Darlington Building Society helps us to continue our work.”

The donation has also helped Redcar & Cleveland Mind to run training sessions for volunteers from other organisations. This includes Footprints in the Community, Guisborough Bridge Project and TEES Community Hub.

Lisa Sidgwick, Darlington Building Society’s Redcar Branch Manager, said: “Voluntary work is vital to many charities, but people don’t always realise the burden that volunteers take on.

“Volunteers hear and see a lot of things that affect them, so their own mental health is as important as those they are helping.

“The HEROES Project is a great service for Teesside. The project is helping its own volunteers as well as those from other voluntary organisations. The Society is very happy to support.”

Next steps for the HEROES Project include creating ‘Listening Spaces’, where people can meet up with trained volunteers in venues not normally associated with mental health, such as sports clubs or libraries.

For more information about Redcar & Cleveland Mind, or if you need help, please visit the website at www.rcmind.org or call 01642 296052.