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Hope to the hopeless

12 May

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As we approach the end of #MentalHealthWeek we at #WAYSIDE have been sharing some reflection on our work in this field during the early nineties and beyond. As a small #grassrootsorganisation we are proud of our achievements in standing for what we believed in even though this topic caused persecution and great pain at the time. We believed #Godcalledus to care for people suffering the effects of #mentalillness. Through this #intervention we saw the great suffering experienced firsthand by many who were abandoned not only by society but by some friends /relatives as well.

Throughout the years we have #ministered to professional sufferers as well as the ordinary individual and over a period of time we have seen the #impactourlove,  #affection #compassion, and care has made to each person. Accepting people as they are helps to maintain their dignity, #selfconfidence, and #selfworth. It helps them to feel  #included instead of excluded from society enabling many to become #empowered enough to take hold of their lives again. Looking back at the many letters of thanks received we are grateful to God for what we have accomplished over the years.

Today it’s good to know that there are those churches that are now beginning to educate the wider community on #mentalhealthissues. Twenty six years ago when we began this subject was taboo. It was hard to access funding as a Christian organisation and we experienced great hardships.

Wayside has been working to prevent people from entering the mental hospital since 1990 through its caring programme of services to #enhance the quality of life for those suffering from depression and the elderly. Funding is hard to acquire and very time consuming. What can you do to help the situation that is again prevalent in society? #mentalillhealth could happen to anyone, but all do not need to be hospitalised, some only need to know where to turn in times of distress. We cannot perform the work alone, others must pay their part without our presence and other likeminded organisations the situation would become much worst.

We now need the support of the community to fight this illness that is destroying #young people. I challenge you today to #helppreservethiswork.

#Mentalillhealth can happen to anyone and is no respecter of persons, who knows you may need it in the future if not now. Help Wayside to care for those who have lost the strength to care for themselves. Read about the humble beginnings of the Wayside Community Centre Visit: http://www.jeanvjohn.com

The difference we make

4 Nov

“The Wayside Community Centre “provides a range of activities to promote independence, encourage creativity, reduce exclusion and helps social and personal development. These include:

Keep fit sessions, including Chair exercise and Zumba

Visits to historic towns, country villages, seaside resorts, and stately homes

Handy Craft including knitting, sewing, drawing/painting,

Seminars/workshops on health promotion

A charity shop selling good quality items for all the family at reasonable prices.

With over twenty five years behind us I continue to marvel at what we have accomplished over the years with minimum resources. Today the organisation continues to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere to various members of our community. With the help of our recently appointed project manager our passion to work towards change in people’s lives remains high on the agenda.

Our project manager shares my passion and zeal. She has shown great enthusiasm and excitement to carry out her duties and has done wonders. Since her appointment we have seen a great increase in activities and attendances at the Centre. Our shop manager is equally enthusiastic towards change and together there is great potential for the organisation.

Feedback below shows the impact on the lives of individuals as follows: 

“I’m feeling better about myself, joining the class has increased my self esteem”. 

“I feel I have achieved something, when I draw and see how people admire my work I feel real pleased with myself. Thank you for the opportunity to come here”.

“I found it hard to reach up to my cupboard- now I can do so with freedom. I can also pin clothes on the line something I couldn’t do previously.”

“My shoulder was damaged through a bad fall –now my shoulder is more flexible I feel more upright”. 

I had no strength in my knee after an operation- now I have regained strength. 

“I had a stroke and lost confidence in walking. I feel more confident now”

“I can now get down the stairs without crawling on my bottom”.

“Without this shop we will have nothing to wear”. 

These are just some of the reasons why “Wayside Community Centre exist. Simply to make an impact on people’s lives.