THE FIRST residents to sign up to a new mental health pledge also had the chance to find out more about services in the borough.
More than 100 people put their name to the pledge, launched by Redditch Mental Health Action Group in last week’s Standard, during a two-day Advice Shop in the Kingfisher Centre last Friday and Saturday (October 10 and 11).
The pledge calls for more to be done to overhaul the way support is offered to people with mental health issues.
People were also able to find out information from the town’s Mental Health Support Group, Alzheimer’s Society, Samaritans, Early Help, Age UK, Sarah Maries Counselling, Indigo Arts, Home Start and Bromford. Gideons gave out free bibles while Rejuvenate provided ten-minute free massages for tired shoppers.
Children’s activities included making ‘listening ears’ with MentorLink, smoothie and power pop making with Yum Tum Club and face painting with Faces Unlimited.
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Harriet Lee, nine, has her face painted by Helen Elvins from Faces Unlimited 4214010ABR3
Matthew Smith, nine, shows Louise Morgan from Home Start and Indigo Arts, Liam Farrand from Early Help, Fay Yeng from Yum Tum Club and Lorraine Hidderley from Gideons how to make power pops 4214010ABR1
Alzheimer’s Society dementia support worker Maggie Parker and volunteer Joan Banner 4214010ABR2