Summer Fair Prizes and Fun!

At our summer fair on the 14th of July there are many things to look forward to, our very talented music group will be performing, there will be a visit from the fire service, a book stall, a bric-a-brac stall, a tombola and a raffle and afternoon tea!

But lets talk prizes. There’s a lot of prizes; all of which have been donated by generous individuals and businesses. All of which can be won by you. You can come into the centre and buy 5 raffle tickets for £1.00 or buy them on the day (tombola tickets will be available on the day) if you want to take part.

Prizes include:

Rosé wine and a soft toy- courtesy of One Stop Bramhall Lane

£10 Marks and Spencer Voucher- courtesy of M&S Stockport

£50 Marks and Spencer Voucher- courtesy of M&S Handforth Dean

Family Tickets to a Stockport County Match- courtesy of Stockport County F.C.

Manchester City Stadium tour for 2 adults and 2 children- courtesy of Manchester City F.C.

2 boxed pens, 2 colouring books, 2 pencil cases, pencil crayons, a calculator and a clip frame- courtesy of Offizone.

And that’s not even everything! We look forward to seeing you on the 14th for a few hours of fun!

 

 

 

 

New Funding for the Alliance Counselling Service!

We have just received funding from the National Lottery that has allowed us to further develop our Counselling Service!

The service has been running for some time already; providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Integrative Therapy to members of the Stockport Mental Health Alliance.

The the demand for this service has been increasing week on week and we are thrilled to be able to provide a paid therapist who will be able to undertake CBT and facilitate a range of related activities at SPARC and Stockport Mind.

If you are a member of the Alliance and would like to be referred for counselling take a look at our leaflet below for how  (click the pictures to enlarge them).

 

 

 

 

We are excited that the Counselling Service will add to our other existing activities and groups to create a truly holistic approach to enablement and recovery.

 

You can donate to us through PayPal

If you get the urge to donate to SPARC you can do it in a number of ways such as Everyclick, GiveAsYouLive and good old fashioned coins

If you have a PayPal account you can also donate to us through that. Its quite easy and secure. We appreciate any donation, whatever the amount. Everything donated gets put back into the centre and helps to support the plethora of groups that we run every week.

If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking HERE. Thank you for your support!

Nick has done his run!

Nick: one of our very generous members ran the Manchester half marathon in May raising money for SPARC and achieving an impressive feat of athleticism. If that wasn’t enough Nick also donned a Forrest Gump outfit. Adding the insulation of a hat and fake beard to the already hot day.

We’re still getting sponsorship  money brought in so we are not sure how much has been raised yet but we will be sure to keep everyone updated.

However much is raised, we can all agree that Nicks generosity and dedication is an inspiration to us all.

Keep on running Nick!

Aquarium Software Is Running For SPARC!

Aquarium Software have made us one of their charities of the year! This is great news and to kick it off one of their employees is planning a gruelling 62 mile run to raise money for us and two other equally deserving causes.

All is explained; in their words below:

Aquarium Software based in Cheshire, have been operating for over 10 years and provide technical solutions to the Fintech and Insuretech sectors.  As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility policy they have chosen three charities to support, SPARC being one of them.  

One of Aquarium’s employees, Gavin Reynolds, is raising money by taking on the ‘Race to The Stones’, a 2 day, 100km ultra-marathon along Britain’s oldest path; The Ridgeway. His goal is to raise £1,000 for their charities, but with over a month to go before the run he and everyone at Aquarium are hoping they can raise much more! His page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gavinreynolds

So good luck to Gavin and thank you to Aquarium for thinking of us! Its uplifting to know that there are businesses with such strong values of social responsibility and community. That choose to support charities at a local level and understand that mental health is an important issue for us all.

A Generous Donation From Stockport Rotary Club!

On Monday we had a visit from Stockport Rotary Club who came to the centre to make a very Generous donation of £500.

James Campbell met Clyde Raine, Mary Griffiths James and Bernadette Holgate and took them on a tour of the centre. We discussed issues around mental health, funding and how important community based work can be for people.

We would like to thank everyone from the Stockport Rotary Club for their generosity!

New Fundraising!

Hello all! We have decided to start a push for funding for 3 of our most in need services; Cognitive Behavioural therapy, the Under 30s Group, and the Dual Diagnosis Group.

You can donate online by clicking HERE or or on any of the pictures in this post. You are also welcome come into the centre and donate in person. If you would like to donate to a specific service simply write down which one in the ‘donation comment’ box near the bottom of the page.

Cognitive behavioural therapy at SPARC– A part of the wider mental health alliance counselling service. At the moment CBT at SPARC consists of 2 therapists that operate to very high standards and tailor therapy to each individual that they work with. As they are part of SPARC and not bound by the requirements of statutory services they are able to work with each person to identify how many sessions are needed rather than work to a fixed number of weeks. CBTs at SPARC are also able to work with staff to deliver a highly holistic intervention in order to promote sustained positive results. Funding for this group would go towards paying for our qualified therapist so that we can maintain the high quality therapy that we currently have. This service is a new direction for SPARC and we are passionate about keeping it going so we can help as many people as possible.

Dual Diagnosis Group– The Dual Diagnosis group is one of our longer running groups and is an impressive example of peer support in action. The group runs after normal SPARC hours (5-7pm). The group provides a safe place for people to discuss mental heath and substance issues. It is a supportive environment that allows people to speak with others who have similar experiences but also share different insights and coping mechanisms. Alongside this the group also enjoys social activities where people can come to relax and have fun. Money raised for this group would go towards running the group and setting up day trips/outings arranged by the members themselves. This is a very popular and unique group that  is highly valued by both members and staff.

U30s– The Under 30s group was created as here at SPARC we have a core of younger people who were missing out on a place to engage with individuals of a similar age. This group has developed into a highly social and inclusive group where members are responsible for what the group does from week to week. This put the power in the hands of the under 30s themselves and promotes debate, coordination and teamwork. Any funds raised for this group would go towards costs for the group so that they can go to more places and do more varied activities. This group has been running on a shoe string for quite a while now and we really hope we can upgrade this to a boot strap!

A great success story form one of our members!

We’d like to say a big well done to Nick; who wrote the below article and asked us to share his success:

Nick

My name is Nick and I am a member of the football group. In April I ran in The London Marathon raising money for the mental health charity, Mind. I have bipolar disorder and I find that keeping fit really helps me manage my illness. The marathon was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. If you had asked me 2 years ago whether I could run a marathon I would have laughed at you. I was unfit, drinking heavily at the weekends and eating all the wrong types of food. I decided I was unhappy with the life I was leading so I did something about it. I began running short distances and then gradually increased the miles. I love the feeling I get from running especially the runners high. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who sponsored me and to those who wished me luck, I really do appreciate it!