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News Update: where we are now and where do we go from here?

by on November 6, 2014

FIRST, MY APOLOGIES for the long silence: I’m aware that this update is long overdue; and second, my thanks to all our loyal supporters, without whom 5 Quid for Life simply would not exist.

1. Farewell to Paula

Due to personal circumstances, Paula Ann Walker has stepped down from the 5 Quid for Life Committee. I take this opportunity to say a huge thank you, Paula, for all that you have contributed to 5 Quid for Life: your input has been a tremendous source of encouragement to all of us on the team and we’re missing you already.

Paula’s departure leaves us, of course, with a gap on the Committee: if you’d like to get involved, please give us a shout.

2. Where we are now

At the moment we seem to be at a bit of a standstill. To summarise:

  1. We’ve received no new help requests since March this year.
  2. Donations are still coming in, typically £90 per month (some donors have dropped off; no new ones have signed up).
  3. We have a total of just over £4,000 available to help anyone who meets our eligibility criteria.

3. Where do we go from here?

It’s clear that we need to find some new momentum and an effective way of reaching out to the mental health community. Essentially we need new blood: we need to find someone — ideally more than one — who has the networking skills that will enable us to connect (1) with the media and (2) with Mind, Rethink, Sane and the other big mental health organisations in a way that will increase their awareness of us and encourage them to refer people who need our help to us.

Could you or someone you know be that person? Or do you have any other suggestions to help us regain momentum, to help spread the word that we’re here? If so, we’d love to hear from you: please leave a comment or get in touch. Thank you.

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