The following blog was written by CVA volunteer Paul Simpson, with a little interference from CVA staff. Paul also offered his photography skills capturing some great moments from the day and if this wasn’t enough he was also a fantastic support during the whole day. Thank you Paul!
On Wednesday 19th July CVA hosted Head Heart and Hands in partnership with Amparo (Support after Suicide) and Chester Aid to the Homeless.
Head Heart and Hands was a Mental Health and Wellbeing awareness day hosted in the beautiful surroundings of Grosvenor Park Chester. Numerous local charities and community groups converged in the park to promote their services to the wider public and inform them of the fantastic support that is available across our community. The day also proved to be a useful networking opportunity for all of the organisations who attended.
Head Heart & Hands represented passion, inclusivity, equality, diversity and togetherness, and a demonstration of where our local community is making a difference by supporting people from all walks of life. The organisations on the day included Chapter, CSASS, Healthbox CIC, Chester FC Community Trust, Handmade for Dementia and Woodwork to Wellness to name but a few. All of whom offer a range of support services to help people lead fulfilling lives through activities such as; developing vocational skills, support with form filling, advice about disabled rights, counselling, mindfulness and a whole host of self-care tips.
Entertainment was provided by; Jamie from CATH with his thought provoking storytelling, live music from a host of talented local musicians and complimentary mocktails from The Slug and Lettuce who used the day to show their support for the local charity and community sector.
This event showed me what can happen when a community pulls together, and how much of a positive lasting effect it can have on society.