Volunteering Week 2017

Starting today Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind are celebrating Volunteering week 2017. As a charity we rely heavily on the work of our 100+ volunteers. The work we do to support our community with their mental health and resilience is only made possible because of the hard work, diligence and care of our team of volunteers. We have people supporting us in every area of the organisation including; our finance team, events volunteers, placement counsellors, café crew, horticulture support and many many more.

People join us from all walks of life, for a variety of reasons and stay anything from 2 months to 5 years! Whatever has brought you here to us we are always grateful for your ongoing support. To show our thanks the staff at Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind have got together to say Thank You in the best way we know how;

One of our volunteers who helps in the Kitchen said “Getting involved in practical work, it helps to build my confidence and self esteem. Getting praise for good work helps my self esteem a lot”

If you are interested in joining our exciting volunteer team take a look at our Volunteering page for more information on the roles available or email office@togmind.org for further information.

May Wellbeing Columns

It’s that time again, find out what Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind are up to in your area. If you are interested in getting the wellbeing column on a regular basis or know of a shop, library, doctors surgery etc. which could hold some each month then email our team at fundraising@togmind.org Lets get our community informed about Mental Health!

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TOG Mind at Mental Health: Forward Thinking – The Implementation Plan

On Thursday 16th March, Mind and TOG Mind co presented at Open Forum Events Conference – Mental Health: Forward Thinking – The Implementation Plan, providing detail on the wealth of MIND services provided nationally whilst also presenting what’s working on a local level in Oldham with IAPT Plus and the Active Monitoring Programme.

This was the fourth annual Mental Health conference supporting NHS staff, organisations and other parts of the system in delivering the changes required to improve mental health care for all. The agenda examined how to practically implement key recommendations and priorities, detailed real life examples of new models of care and provided insight and progress on the local and national service improvements that are driving better outcomes.

TOG Mind focus was on innovation and developments in mental health support locally and Jason (Project Manager – Oldham IAPT Plus) referenced in detail the successful Active Monitoring Programme, partnership work with our 33 clinical partners, development of our Community Model, social prescribing and general positive outcomes for participants, providing various quotes and an audio visual case study.


A presentation in the afternoon by Andy Burnham MP reinforced the morning message from TOG Mind around social prescribing, asset building locally and effective partnership development to help provide fast and effective access to mental health support.

The conference was a great success providing a real opportunity to evidence the success of the Oldham Active Monitoring Programme and how we are supporting Healthy Minds to meet prevalence, whilst allowing for meaningful networking opportunities with GP’s, Commissioners and the wider public.


Artistic Arrivals

For those who didn’t make it to our hugely successful exhibition evening last month, we are proud to present the pieces here for you. These pieces were created specifically with our Ashton Wellbeing centre in mind and use the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ as the stimulus. A big Thank you to the students at Oldham College for creating these especially for us.

Connection, Hands Reaching For Each Other


This piece symbolises connection, it’s there to show people that someone is there looking out for them. We want people to know that anyone who comes to mind will be expected and welcomed with a kind heart. Connection is important to your wellbeing, and this piece is there to remind everyone that any time is a great time to connect.

Ieva Mackeviciute, Usmaan Hussain , Lauren Chan, Thomas Kershaw, Ali Ahmed



This piece represents a ‘release’ of emotions, symbolised by the different colours. I used darts to pop the balloons filled with paint at the top of the canvas, as they symbolise ‘triggers’ or anything which could evoke the emotions.

‘Release’ is a statement which connotes releasing a dart, as well as an imperative to let your emotions run free.

Lydia Meredith



The piece combines aspects we have all studied at college in our first few weeks; such as abstract fine art and mark making as well as texture within fabric and textiles. The piece of work also refers to the development of treatment and support mind can provide to people. Essentially an artistic personification of how people can be directed and take their treatment into their own hands. The abstract style of the piece refers to the subjective and expressive feelings not only in dealing with mental health from the perspective of Mind’s clients but also people with little to no experience; the more there is to know about mental health issues the more complex and messy they can become. Equally the more important they become, mental health issues are something many of the population suffer from and a greater awareness of its origins will only be a step in the right direction.

The style of the piece is inspired by the work of Gerhard Richter, whose work focuses on expressive mark making through the use of paint. We used the pentaptych style of five panels to create a narrative of progression within the piece, this combined with the development of materials creates a message of growth in terms of: abilities to deal with mental health issues within ourself and others as well as social attitudes towards mental health issues-this aspect is also a reference to the name of the piece ‘Pentaptych’ a greek word for a painting with five panels. we used this as a title to not only show how attitudes toward mental health have changed but also how the art form has changed as this style was commonly used to present biblical and holy imagery, however now it is being utilised for the revolution of attitudes towards mental health issues.

Oliver Kenway, Charlotte Skinner, Jason Darbyshire, Gemma Mulvey and Daniel Scott.



For those who suffer love is an installation piece focusing on a personal experience. I am someone who doesn’t deal with stress very well and wanted to incorporate this within my work for those who feel the same. In relation to the charity Mind I chose to use their colours to show the growth of the stress and the mass of emotions you experience during this condition so my piece was inspired by a painter named Ian Davenport who creates abstract paintings made by pouring and dripping paint however I prepared a cubed box to pour paint over which represents a person who is experiencing feelings of being trapped whilst the consistency of the paint determines the final composition I chose to take off the box as this idea resembles my visual interpretation of hair loss in result of this mental health.

Nazreen Begum

Textiles Lotus Flower

This piece was created collaboratively. Each part was individually embellished to be later collected into this beautiful lotus flower. We want this piece to symbolise piece of mind and give a sense of strength of passion to people. Mind charity symbolises that passion to help each and every individual, therefore this piece is there to reflect that passion in what they do.

Ieva Mackeviciute, Usmaan Hussain , Lauren Chan, Thomas Kershaw, Ali Ahmed



To see our new artwork in person please feel free to come along to Mind Tameside, Oldham and Glossop at 216 – 218 Katherine Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7AS.

Photography by Robert Cragg of Studio G Photography http://www.studiog-oldham.co.uk/

New Year New Opportunities



TOG Mind is looking for volunteers to support our services working directly with children, young people and adults experiencing mental health distress or for those who need help to find better ways to cope with life’s ups and downs.

Ideally you will have some experience, skills and knowledge in mental health support. In return for your time we will invest in your development through training, supervision and opportunities to move into paid work within the charity. You will need enhanced disclosure, which we will provide.

There are roles available with our together project, active monitoring and children and young people active monitoring. You can read more about the services here: http://www.togmind.org/services/

If you are interested you can apply online at https://datatogmind.org/node/112 quoting the role you want to apply for in the application or call 0161-330-9223.

Applications close Friday January 26th Midday

Please be available for interview February 3rd


Walk on Fire

Firewalk Volunteers Poster

Are you a thrill seeker? Want an adrenaline filled challenge to kick off 2017?

Then sign up for our Sponsored Firewalk on March 2nd. Join a group of our supporters to attend an intense training course, you will learn to prepare yourself to brave the coals and walk across a path of fire! Feeling timid? Bring some friends or colleagues and learn to conquer your fears together, challenge your limits and exceed expectations in this exciting experience .

Sign up for just £15 and support Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind’s services in this exhilarating evening. We ask all participants to reach a £100 fundraising target and support the 1 in 4 of us who will suffer from a mental health problem this year. Help us to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health. Bring your friends and family for live music, food and drinks and most importantly to watch you reach new extremes.

Get in touch with fundraising@togmind.org or call us on 0161 330 9223 to find out more about how to get involved and how to collect your fundraising pack!

Register Here https://datatogmind.org/civicrm/event/info?id=1882&reset=1

Time to Talk

February 2nd this year is Time to Talk day, run in association with Time to Change. We are running a drop in session in our Topaz café in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Come along between 12 and 4pm, take the opportunity to get talking about Mental Health.

Between 12:30 and 1pm we will have a Walk and Talk run by Active Tameside when you can talk Mental Health as well as keeping fit and seeing the sights that the Portland Basin has to offer.

Don’t forget to check out regular updates of our events on Facebook @TamesideOldhamGlossopMind or twitter @togmind . You can always email our team for more information on office@togmind.org

Time to Talk Poster

Exhibition Evening

Calling all art lovers! Come down to our Ashton Wellbeing Centre on Thursday 19th January to see our new commissioned artwork being unveiled. Students from Oldham College have been working carefully with our ‘wellbeing’ brief to create pieces that will encapsulate our principles as well as create a positive and welcoming environment for our clients.


Our exhibition evening offers you the chance to see our facilities, our new artwork, get involved with interactive art and enter our art quiz! All in aid of Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind and the mental health services we provide in your local community. Tickets only £3.

Tickets and further information are available here https://goo.gl/1xL3Qf For more information email ellafraser@togmind.org

Look After Yourself in the New Year



Look after You!

  • Do you want to improve your mental health and wellbeing?
  • Would you like to feel better in yourself?
  • Do you fancy learning tips and techniques to help you better manage your mental health?
  • Are you over 16 years and live in Oldham and/or are registered with an Oldham GP?

Then sign up now for a FREE Mental Health & Wellbeing MOT workshop by calling us on 0161 330 9223 or sending an email to training@togmind.org!

This is a project that we are running in partnership with Oldham Healthy Minds (NHS) that aims to provide people in the Oldham community with information so that they can better understand and manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

December Well-Being Column


The December well-being column is here and to ensure they are tailored just for you we now have one for Tameside & Glossop and one for Oldham. Read them both here and find out about we’re doing in your area this Christmas.

Community Mental Health Course

Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind’s training department are delighted to introduce our Community Mental Health Work course. Starting in January 2017 this City and Guild’s level 2 accredited course runs for 10 weeks from 25th January until 29th March 2017 inclusive. Our registration and induction session is on 18th January 2017 and runs from 9:30am until 2:30pm.


If you are interested in working or volunteering in mental health or have family members experiencing mental illness or distress then take this opportunity to learn more surrounding;

  • Principles & Values of Mental Health
  • Ways in which Mental Health affect the person and their carers
  • Communicating with someone with Mental Health distress along with their carers
  • Health & Safety when working in a Mental Health organisation
  • What makes an effective Mental Health worker

A previous attendee said “A great course, I feel much better equipped in dealing with mental health distress. I have a better understanding of it and identifying mental health problems.”

This course is free to access for anyone who is unemployed, living in Tameside or Oldham with  experience of mental health problems. If you live outside these areas and have no lived-in experience of Mental Health problems then the ten week course costs £250 to access. You may be asked to pay a deposit to secure your place, however if you feel this will cause you financial hardship please contact us to discuss.

For more information please email training@togmind.org

Christmas Fundraising

We hope that the following list inspires you to get involved with our festive efforts however this list is not exhaustive. If you want to hold a mince pie mingle, go carol singing, have a dress down day or anything else, please get in touch to let us know so that we can help you to publicise your event.naughty-and-nice

Santa “Something”

Santa “Something” returns following much success last year. For those new to the campaign, we challenge you to get involved with a Santa… well, anything! This could be a Santa swim, Santa Cycle, Santa Silence, the choice is up to you! Once you’ve picked your Santa challenge, gain sponsorship to complete it wearing a Santa hat, the more unusual the better. Why not get extra creative with a large team and watch a sea of Santa hats get silly. It costs £5 to enter and you will receive your Santa hat, fundraising pack and sponsorship forms and don’t forget to tweet you Santa selfies @togmind! Email fundraising@togmind.org for more information.

TOG Mind Christmas Raffle

This year we are pleased to be holding a festive raffle with prizes kindly donated by local businesses and charity partners. Amongst these prizes is a dinner for two at the Village Public House in Hyde, exciting gifts from boots and other fantastic prizes. You can buy raffle tickets at the TOG Mind offices in Ashton-under-lyne and the winner will be announced on Tameside Radio on the 21st December. If you would like to donate a prize to enter into the raffle please get in touch with sineadhammond@togmind.org

Calling all fundraisers, we are looking for groups or organisations to hold a raffle in Aid of Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind. Get the office involved, hold one with your community group or even just have a raffle for your friends. It’s great for team building and will show the local community that you support local charity and showcase the great work you do. There really is no better time to raise money for a fantastic cause. For any support in setting this up feel free to email ellafraser@togmind.org for more information.

Supermarket Collections

Come down and help us collect money for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind in local supermarkets. We have collections in Asda Ashton-Under-Lyne on the 3rd and 4th December and in Tesco Stalybridge on the 18th December. If you can volunteer a few hours of your time to pack bags and collect donations it would be hugely appreciated to ensure that this event is a success.

12 days of Christmas

If you don’t have the time to fundraise in the busy period, help to get our message out to the community by directing them to our 12 days of Christmas calendar. Check out www.facebook.com/TamesideOldhamGlossopMind/ or www.twitter.com/TOGMind where on each day of the 12 days of Christmas we will release a new top tip for ensuring your wellbeing during the celebrations.

In Aid of Events

We have lots of kind supporters who are holding events in aid of TOG Mind. Here are a few of the events you can get involved with.

Christmas Concert 

The Believe and Achieve Trust are holding a wonderful Christmas concert in aid of Tameside4good Willow wood and Tames Oldham and Glossop Mind. The concert is at the Albion church in Ashton-u-Lyne on November 30th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from 07802 844 494. It should be a magical evening perfect for getting you in the festive spirit.christmas-concert

Fun Runs

Budding runners and experienced pros are invited to run in their Santa hats and gain sponsorship from all of their friends and family. Join the Hyde Stiders on the 7th December for their fun run, tombola and raffle. All funds raised come directly to Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind. https://www.facebook.com/Hyde-Striders-106629276335405/?fref=ts

And don’t forget the return of the iconic Saddleworth Santa Dash, on 3rd December. A £10 registration fee to Saddleworth Round Table pays for your Santa suit and entry, and all sponsorship money raised by you comes directly to TOG Mind https://www.facebook.com/events/1317743288258609/ . Why not get a group of your colleagues together to run as an office team?