WTF Awareness & Networking

Building our Network

Initiative purpose: 

These Awareness sessions have two aims – firstly to enable WTF to grow our network both locally and wider with similar organisations and also with other groups that can help and support us; and secondly, to increase the recognition of WTF and ‘why we are here’ by our local community and other local organisations and charities. This networking will then support us in pursuit of all our WTF goals .


Supported goals: 

Work with local organisations and groups to improve attitudes towards mental health and to implement early intervention programs

Improve access to information and resources to support mental fitness

Be a visible, proactive, and positive presence in our communities

What are we doing:

We raise awareness of WTF with individuals, groups and communities, in a number of ways:

     1.Events we organise and hold to involve the community

     2. Attendance at local events organised by others

     3. Speaking engagements with other groups/communities.

     4. Membership of umbrella organisations 

     5. Attendance at Local, Regional and National conferences 

     6. Direct networking with other organisations and groups

All of these different routes give WTF visibility and opportunity to promote our Charity and what we do.

For examples from each category, please open the twistie below.

There are many examples of growing awareness of WTF, our goals and our successes. Here are some in each category:

Events we organise and hold: Bennerley Viaduct Walk and Talk, WTF Quiz Nights, WTF Race Night, Hope Walk, WTF 5k Fun Run

Attendance at events organised by others: West Hallam Well Dressing,  Wallamstock (West Hallam), Chesterfield Pride, Derby University Wellbeing Week, Bilborough College Volunteer Week, Football4Charities matches, Broomfield Hall Inclusion Event

Speaking engagements: EMA Training (Derby), Broomfield College (Derby),  The Erewash Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing Network

Memberships: National Suicide Prevention Alliance, Ripple, Derbyshire Mental Health Forum, Zero Suicide Alliance, Erewash Partnership

Conferences: From Harm to Hope (Harmless National conference), National Suicide Prevention Alliance Annual Conference

Direct networking:  Nottingham Panthers (Charity of the month, Dec. 2023), Bird and Blend Tea Company (Charity of the year 2024), Let’s Be Frank (speaker at our AGM 2024) 

We have recently been invited to talk to Erewash Rotary Club in 2Q24 and Breadsall Priory staff in 3Q24.

We will be attending Thinkfest! 24 (25th  May) the West Hallam Welldressing (13th July), the Stute Family Fun Day (20th July) and Kirk Hallam Summer Fair (10th August).

And we will be attending the Baton Of Hope Conference 2024.

We hope also to arrange another Bennerley Viaduct walk and contribute to the Message of Hope event, both in 2024.

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