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Reflecting on a fantastic year with Dorset Mind

13 February 2020

Early in 2019, Redwebbers collectively voted on who we wanted our charity of the year to be – and by a large majority, Dorset Mind came out on top.

Mental health continues to be a hot topic, particularly in the tech industry, so this was a great opportunity for us to not only fundraise for charity, but learn more about looking after ourselves along the way.

Throughout the year, Redwebbers took the initiative to organise a number of fundraising activities. We’ve had everything from Easter egg hunts and nail painting, to a Redweb pub quiz, tuck shop setup, and various lunchtimes of games, bakes and chat.

Our major fundraising event of the year took place in September, where 18 Redwebbers laced up their walking boots and set their sights on Snowdon – read about their weekend in Wales here.

We’ve also been delighted to partner with Dorset Mind in other ways, hosting and participating in the ‘Are creative minds mentally healthy?’ panel discussion in partnership with BIMA. It was a great event, providing the opportunity to discuss some of the notable points from BIMA’s Tech and Inclusion Report as well as key takeaways for agencies and individuals alike.

Our partnership with Dorset Mind has enabled us to raise awareness both internally and via our social media channels on the importance of mental health and the fantastic work Dorset Mind does. We’re grateful for the support they’ve provided us, including offering valuable resources featuring tips, details of local groups and how to get help for mental health issues.

That’s why we’re absolutely thrilled to have raised over £3,000 for the charity – enough to keep a local support group running for a year. A big thank you to all those who have donated, attended events, arranged fundraisers or contributed in any way.

Dorset Mind’s Income Generation & Marketing Manager, Dee Swinton said of the partnership:

“We’re truly grateful to Redweb - they’ve been a brilliant company to work with and genuinely interested in our cause. Our working relationship has been an absolute pleasure and both parties have actively contributed to helping raise awareness online and at the BIMA Event in July, which was a particular highlight for us in 2019. We also enjoyed following your rather brave Snowdon climb with your live Instagram posts!

Redweb has raised an incredible £3,027.77 to help us support local people with their mental health. This sizeable donation could pay for a twice monthly adult support group, or fund 8 counselling sessions for 15 young people, which is incredible. Our services can be life-changing for people in mental distress, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Redwebbers for their enthusiasm and enabling us to support positive mental wellbeing in Dorset.”

Learn more about Dorset Mind and the vital work they do at http://dorsetmind.uk