Mental health charity’s £15k lottery boost

Do it a Lotto Good finalists, Washington Mind, The Life House., Grasmere Terrace, Washington.
Do it a Lotto Good finalists, Washington Mind, The Life House., Grasmere Terrace, Washington.
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A MENTAL health charity is set to boost its services with the help of thousands of pounds of new Lottery funding.

Washington Mind is planning to employ a part-time activities co-ordinator to promote healthy eating and educational courses after being awarded £15,600 in the Echo’s Do A Lotto Good drive.

The group, based at a new centre in Columbia, was one of 14 charities and community groups to win a share of £250,000.

We joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to hand out grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to community and not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, health bodies and schools.

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Services manager Jacqui Reeves said: “Our recent move into a new, bigger building, The Life House, will give us the chance to offer a much wider range of wellbeing services and training for our local community.”

The sessions will cover counselling, mentoring and computer skills, and the internet.

The charity will also run creative sessions, such as jewellery making, card craft, soft furnishings and clothes customising, and weight management sessions, emotional eating support, stop smoking support and sexual health services.

It will arrange library services, information resources, toddler groups, youth activities and physical activities.

“The funding from the Do Lotto Good Campaign means we can employ a part time activities coordinator, who will help promote and develop new activities, including an information resource centre, exercise classes, creative groups, therapies, beauty treatments and much more,” said Jacqui.

“Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact Washington Mind to find out more.”

For more information about Washington Mind, call 417 8043 or visit