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12 October 2017

Torfaen team raise over £700 for Crisis Fund

Gofal’s Torfaen team have so far successfully raised over £700 for the Gofal Crisis Fund with their sponsored walk along the Afon Lwyd Trail from Pontypool to Cwmbran on Tuesday 3rd October.

They had information stations at the start and end of the walk at Tesco’s store in Pontypool and at Cwmbran Shopping Centre and were joined at these stations by Pontypool RFC chief executive Ben Jefferys, who recently went public about his own mental health and Matt Williams of the Dragons community team to promote sports-based youth project Tackle which Gofal are involved with across Gwent.

The team at Cwmbran Centre with Pontypool RFC CEO, Ben Jeffreys (third from right) and Matt Williams, of The Dragons (second from right) raising awareness of mental health.

During the event, the team promoted Time to Change Wales campaign to end stigma around mental health, accessing support through Supporting People programmes and also Llamau’s sleep out event in Cardiff during November tackling youth homelessness.

The team collected donations with bucket collections at the start and finish of the walk, in order to raise money for the Gofal Crisis Fund. This is an internal funding pot that can be accessed by any of our service users who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, mental health crisis. There is also a Just Giving page to raise further donations. 

Gofal service users can apply for a grant of up to £250 to purchase whatever they need to improve their wellbeing and overcome a crisis. The fund is only used as a last resort, so those who apply are often desperate and have nowhere else to turn. As mental health impacts every area of a person’s life, the items they need are often simple things but are fundamental to improving wellbeing and making the first step towards recovery.

Examples of what people have applied for from the Gofal Crisis Fund include: a bed for someone currently sleeping on the floor, a fridge to prevent food from spoiling, a week of food for a family whose benefits have been suspended, moving costs for someone fleeing domestic violence and help with debts to prevent homelessness.

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