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Introducing our charity partner for 2023 – Bath Mind

We asked colleagues to nominate a charity close to their heart, who they believe do great work in the local community and would like to see the Society partner with as our Charity of the Year. Our Members voted for a shortlist of three amazing local charities and the winner was Bath Mind.

Bath Mind is a local and independently run mental health charity which supports the mental health and wellbeing of people across Bath & North East Somerset.

Established in 1998 by a group of local people, while the charity is affiliated to the national Mind charity, they run entirely independently and receive no direct funding from Mind. Instead, Bath Mind relies heavily on local fundraising to help support people in need throughout our community. 

Bath Mind aims to promote and nurture the mental health of local residents through the provision of information, activities, advice and support. Services include a crisis telephone support line, mental health support in local A&E departments, community services, counselling, wellbeing groups, supported living and mental health training in the workplace and educational establishments. 

Hannah Roper, Director of Business Development, said:

“We at Bath Mind are thrilled to be chosen as Bath Building Society’s charity of the year. As a local independent charity, local support means a great deal and during these challenging times, their support will be vital to ensure we can continue to provide our essential mental health services to the B&NES community. We are proud to be working with an organisation that also share our ethos and values, and very much look forward to working with BBS throughout the year to not only raise funds but raise awareness too.”

Kevin Gray, CEO of Bath Building Society, said:
“This year we included our Members in the voting process and we are delighted with the results. Mental health is a very important topic and by supporting the work of Bath Mind in the local community we hope to raise awareness of the community services they offer and the message ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.”

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