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Suicide prevention: a big conversation

This year we’re really honoured to be one of the Lord Mayor’s charities of the year. Lord Mayor Magid Magid approached us at the end of August to see if we would like to be involved in some ideas he had for marking World Suicide Prevention Day. Although we know there is already plenty happening in the city, we saw this as an opportunity to bring people together to share information and ideas. So, we invited 100 people to join us on September 10th for a big conversation.

Mental health and the black community

If you’ve been in or around the mental health scene for long you’ll have realised two things:

  1. Community support services, especially service user groups, are often made up of mostly white people
  2. On the flipside, when you get onto the wards, you’ll meet a lot more black people

Why is this? What’s gone wrong? We don’t pretend to have the answers. As always, the people we need to speak to are the people who are affected. That’s why we were really excited when Ursula Myrie, founder of ADIRA, asked us to be involved in ADIRA’s upcoming conference – Mental Health and Me: the unspoken taboo in the black community.

What’s this about an Education Exchange?

We’re surrounded by interesting people doing interesting things, which is a nice place to be. We speak to educators – hailing from the universities, colleges and schools, the evening classes, informal workshops and skills-based sessions. We talk to the learners – people young and old, some who quit school at 16 or before, some who went on to do degrees, some who don’t see education as something that happens in a classroom. What unites these people? A desire to learn and to share knowledge. But as yet we don’t have an effective way to link up the learners with the educators, and to make learning accessible for people whatever their background and needs.

Job opportunity: Oasis Assistant Garden Manager

Oasis is a garden for wellbeing project. We provide opportunities for people who have experienced mental health issue to develop their gardening skills, grow food, enjoy being outdoors and connect with others. We are seeking someone with previous gardening experience to come and join the Oasis team.

As Assistant Garden Manager you will lead on the delivery of our garden maintenance service and contractual work. You will work alongside the Oasis Manager to provide gardening sessions at our project garden. You will support volunteers and Oasis attendees to develop their skills and build their interest in food growing.

Submissions open! CAST’s exhibition A Door to Somewhere

It’s on! We’re pleased to announce submissions are now open for CAST’s exhibition, A Door to Somewhere  (which is the brilliant theme chosen by our community).

So what happens next? If you’d like to take part, please read the submission guidelines, and let us know if you’d like to submit something by emailing us at castexhibition@sheffieldflourish.co.uk. We’re also looking for postcard artwork, have a look at the submission guidelines to find out more!

Sam Dawson: the Brunsmeer Awareness story so far

Brunsmeer Awareness FC is a community enterprise supported by Sheffield Flourish. It provides an opportunity for people living with mental health conditions to participate in organised, competitive team sport in a friendly supportive environment. We are fortunate to work with a number of partners, all of whom bring invaluable expertise and guidance.

Sheffield Flourish honoured as one of Lord Mayor’s charities

Sheffield Flourish were delighted to be honoured as one of Lord Mayor Magid Magid’s three charities for his term in office this year, sharing the limelight with the excellent Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service and Unity Gym Project.

At his inauguration attendees, including Josie and Jo from Sheffield Flourish, were given a snapshot of his life. Speakers charted his journey from arriving in Sheffield as a five-year-old refugee to Councillor for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Ward and the youngest Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

Campaigns for change: call for ideas

campaign bootcamp logo

We’re launching a new project in partnership with Campaign Bootcamp. Campaign Bootcamp are a renowned national organisation who provide first class training and coaching for grassroots campaigners, and their community includes many people working on mental health issues.

They want to help people who care about mental health get their voices heard in Sheffield and the surrounding areas, and we’d like to help them. So, we’re looking for campaigns ideas which can go far. Those selected will be given bespoke and practical training sessions by Campaign Bootcamp to help make change happen.

A big, warm, beaming thank you!


We’re smiling ear to ear this week, because our little charity has been honoured with a fundraising drive that raised us £500. It made us so pleased we decided we wanted to reflect and give thanks to some of the lovely people who have supported us over the last few years. We’re a really small organisation, so every little bit of cash makes a huge difference to us, thank you everyone!

Education and mental health: Conversation Cafe

We are part of a group of individuals and organisations in the city keen to put our energy and creativity into an ‘education exchange’ for Sheffield. We’re delighted to be opening the conversation up, with a ‘conversation cafe’.

Come and join the conversation on developing Sheffield’s new mental health Education Exchange. The agenda’s free, anyone’s welcome, and diverse opinions are encouraged.

CAST are looking for an exhibition curator

CAST’s exhibition is an annual event where talented artists from across the city who have experienced mental health issues put their work on show. This year they’re looking for someone to help plan and run the week-long exhibition.

We’re looking for someone with creative flair and experience to curate and manage the show, as well as help plan and coordinate in the weeks and months leading up.

Vote for CAST’s next exhibition theme

exhibition in Winter Gardens

CAST, the creative arts support team who run weekly art and creative writing groups, also run a fantastic annual exhibition. Each year they choose a theme, and then invite the public to submit their work to the exhibition for display. This year CAST are asking the public to help them choose from four theme ideas for the exhibition. Please vote for the idea you most like below, voting closes on April 23rd.