Local organisation Brighter Futures is calling on friends, families and local communities to help them secure up to £10,000 in vital funding. To celebrate its 20th Anniversary Autonet Insurance Group is offering funding to support charitable and voluntary organisations who receive the most votes for their project.
Shortlisted for voting is Brighter Futures support group ECHO which had its funding cut in October. ECHO provides life-saving support to people experiencing self-harm and has been working hard to secure alternative funding to continue its work. ECHO has provided support for over 400 people since its inception helping people to find ways to cope and work towards recovery.
ECHO customer says:
“ECHO has given me so much, I’ve started to believe in myself”.
Tapping into the huge demand for therapeutic colouring or mindfulness books, the group is hoping to secure funding to support ECHO customers to design, produce and print a Stoke heritage mindfulness book. The colouring book will be full of iconic images and scenes from the local landscape including the quintessential pot banks and other well-known potteries landmarks and will help the support group generate further funds to continue its much-needed service through sales of the book to businesses and the general public.
Sharon Godwin, Brighter Futures Clubhouse Network and ECHO Manager says:
“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted to be one of the organisations people can vote for. This funding would allow us to take a big step to support ECHO to be self-sustaining in the future. We know that without further funding this vital service may disappear”.
With colouring books no longer being solely the domain of children, and the therapeutic benefits of colouring and art more popular than ever, it is hoped that the funding will not only help the group to continue, it will also provide enjoyment and relaxation and promote mental health to a wider audience.
Plans include sale of the book to large employers that are looking to add to their occupational health support to employees that are experiencing mental ill health, and also to help companies fulfil their corporate social responsibility by supporting the book.
Sharon Godwin continues:
“We can’t stress enough that it’s the public vote that counts. We can’t do this without people voting for us. A vote for our ECHO group project could literally help save lives. We’d love to be able to secure this funding for local people who need our help. It only takes a click on the Autonet facebook page to like our project and your votes in!”.
Brighter Futures ECHO group hope to secure £10,000 in funding and with voting now open, now is your chance to vote. Voting closes 3 August.
To vote for Brighter Futures ECHO group click here.