Hannah is the community fundraiser for Restore, a charity that supports people with mental health issues. She explained that 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health problem and 1 in 3 will suffer mental illness at some point in their life. Restore is based in Oxford and was established in 1977, as an offshoot of Littlemore Hospital. The organisation started with an allotment in Oxford and it now has 5 sites in Oxfordshire including a cafe on the Cowley Road. In 2013 Restore helped 763 people.
They provide recovery groups at their centres for up to 20 people a day and they run social enterprise schemes to restore the self esteem of their clients. Each client volunteers for a job at the centre each time they attend, such as in the workshops or the gardens. They also sell the products they make at the centres/cafe. Each client has goals to achieve for their treatment period and Restore also provides 1:1 employment support to help clients to get back into work
Restore also runs mental health first aid courses for the public to help recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
Volunteers can help at the centres, with support functions such as fundraising and as coaches for the employment schemes.
Restore volunteers joined Oxford Spires on the onion bhaji and lentil dahl stall at the Truck music festival in July and so Spires was able to give a donation to Restore for their support that weekend. We gave a second donation to Hannah after her presentation.
Read about its history. and read some case studies on their website.
There’s also a great short film about the charity’s work on their homepage www.restore.org.uk