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Sainsbury’s Pocklington help their ‘charity of the year- Second Thoughts East Yorkshire

29/07/2019

Sainsbury’s Pocklington is proud to have raised a grand total of £3450 to their Charity of the Year’ for 2018/2019, local mental health charity ‘Second Thoughts East Yorkshire’ (STEY).

STEY promotes positive mental health across the area through providing group support workshops covering anxiety management, confidence building & assertiveness and valuing your own skills. The charity also has a minibus which is used to take people who live rurally to therapeutic activities such as gardening and woodworking.

The charity was formed in May 2015 and began operating in August that year. To date it has supported over 400 people in managing mental health problems of all kinds.

Greg Harman, founder of Second Thoughts East Yorkshire, said “More people are struggling with maintaining good mental health nowadays, largely because of the stresses of modern day living. Away from the cities of Hull and York, support can be difficult to find, so we run small group workshops across the county on anxiety management and building confidence for example.

We also work with employers on mental health awareness. Having the minibus now also means we can take people to activities, so reducing social isolation and providing something to look forward to for people who are so often left out of community activities because of their levels of anxiety.”

Greg added “We are not funded through any grants or contracts from the NHS or Local Authorities, so as well as informing people about what we do when we are instore, the money raised for us by Sainsbury’s will help us to pay for venue hire, trainer costs, refreshments and to run our minibus. We are so grateful to the wonderful staff and especially the shoppers in the store”.

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