The Kent Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards is an annual event to showcase the people, organisations and initiatives that help us cope with life – and there are special awards for the charity sector.
Never has that support been more important than in the last year as we struggled to comprehend Covid19 and the impact and stress of lockdown.
Whether it is in your business, community or family, so many of us have been lucky to have people and organisations with ideas, tips and tactics to help us cope – it is time to celebrate those mental health and wellbeing champions in our community and share this best practice.
The awards are staged by the mental health charity South Kent Mind, in collaboration with local Mind charities in Kent and Medway.
Nominations can be linked to a simple act of kindness that lifted the spirits, a business that has improved staff wellbeing, through to a targeted initiative delivered by a charity or statutory organisation to support a mental health issue.
Judges are particularly keen to hear how charities and community groups have handled mental health and wellbeing with the aim of celebrating great ideas.
The new awards event is being staged by Simon Dolby, the former host and Chairman of Judges at the Kent Volunteering Awards. He said:
“Charity staff and volunteers have had a really tough time over the last year and it is highly appropriate we celebrate those acts of kindness and wellbeing support formally. Every type of charity should be involved, although there will also be specific awards for organisations that deliver targeted mental health and wellbeing activities.
So whether you want to celebrate your volunteers, paid staff, clever initiatives or just an act of kindness, these awards are here for you. Individuals nominated for awards, but who are not picked as winners, will be considered for highly commended letters – so this is an excellent way to ensure key staff and volunteers have an opportunity to receive individual recognition from an outside organisation.
Clever strategies and acts of kindness have helped see charities through and our awards panel really want to hear about them all, so please tell me how your organisation has managed by visiting www.KentMHWAwards.org.ukSimon Dolby, CEO