When you meet a group of people with so much passion for what they do, it really does make you smile and feel fuzzy inside!
That’s what I have recently experienced when I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Sudbury, Suffolk based charity, the Just Talk Campaign.
By chance a mutual friend of the charity expressed an interested in my business and thought it could be a good match for me to get involved. I met with the Trustees of the Charity, Charlotte, Glenda and Sharon and hit it off with them instantly! I offered my Virtual Assistant Services and volunteered! It feels good to be apart of something bigger.
Sharon and Glenda from ExploringU counselling used their expertise to set up the Just Talk Campaign, when several suicides took place in and around the Sudbury area and they saw a need to offer support and help to the community. What Just Talk offers is affordable access to counselling services with trainee counsellors at the current Just Talk Campaign headquarters. I say ‘current’ as last week Glenda shared the good news with the volunteers that they had secured new, bigger premises at the Boreham Gate Precinct which will boast space so that clients seeking counselling can indulged in a beverage in a space designed especially for confidential counselling to take place, administration offices, their own shop, and more! At this time, I do not know when the charity will be moving into their new place, but what I do know is that everyone is very excited, volunteers have been pitching in with cleaning the new space and preparing for the charity to grow and offer even more people in need of their help. So watch this space for news on this!
From the little time I have spend in the Just Talk office, I can already tell that they have a team of dedicated, committed and talented volunteers and counsellors, that give 100% to helping the charity expand, grow and reach as many people as they possibly can. They organised a quiz night that took place on Friday 19th October 2018, that was a massive success! It was run and hosted by the volunteers and organised in the main, by a volunteer family, called the Whiting’s, Glenda met Christine Whiting in the summer of 2018 when she was asking businesses in Sudbury for support, Christine from The Ipswich Building Society decided that she would give up one hour per week to volunteer with The Just Talk Campaign, from there the quiz night was born. It was a particularly good evening for me as the team I entered, Tequila Mockingbird…. WON!
Local businesses played a big part in the success of the quiz night too as many donated prizes to be auctioned or raffled.
I want to give each one of them a shout out and big thank you for their support – so here goes!
Business Donation Contact Details
Hopsters Hopsters Hamper https://myhopsters.com/ Branches in Ipswich & Chelmsford
The North Street Tavern 2 Bottles of white wine https://www.facebook.com/northstreettavern/
Black Hanger Clothing Gift Voucher https://www.facebook.com/blackhangerclothing/
Jamie’s Meat Inn Free Breakfast Pack https://www.facebook.com/jamiesmeatinn/
Polyspiral Bottle of Vodka www.polyspiral.com
Mutual Advantage Bottle of Vodka https://www.mutualadvantage.co.uk/
Michelle Ranson Artist Donation of Nibbles http://www.michelleranson.co.uk/
Virtually Balanced Donation of Nibbles & 3 bottles wine https://virtuallybalanced.com/
Turkish Barbers Gift Voucher https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=look%20smart%20barbers
Station Road Car Wash 1 Free Car Wash Voucher Station Road, Sudbury
Rainbow House Voucher – Gift https://www.facebook.com/lindarowntreepsychicmedium/
Shear Genius Hairdressing Gift Set/Voucher https://www.facebook.com/SHEARGENIUSSUDBURY/
Strawberry Tearoom Tea Voucher https://www.facebook.com/strawberryteapottearoom/
21 North Street Voucher https://www.facebook.com/Twenteaone.21/
Sunflower Plant & Donation https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunflowers/372055823206921
Lavenham Priory £295 Weekend Stay https://lavenhampriory.co.uk/
White Diamond Voucher https://www.facebook.com/WDBeauty1/
Weston’s Bakery Voucher https://www.facebook.com/westonsbakerysudbury/
The Works Books https://www.facebook.com/TheWorksStores/
Prado Lounge Voucher https://www.facebook.com/pradolounge/
Bridge Project Prize Pack https://www.facebook.com/thebridgesudbury/
Stag & Doe Necklace https://www.facebook.com/staganddoejewellers/
Weavers Tap Voucher https://www.facebook.com/WeaversTap/
Ian Kendall Bottle of Wine Just Talk Supporter
David’s Restaurant 2 Bottles of Red Wine https://www.facebook.com/DavidsCafe/
Patrick Lowman PR Free Press Release https://www.facebook.com/patricklowmanpr
Jago Roberts-Coyne Bootle of Sherry Just Talk Supporter
Institute Club (Sudbury) Hamper of Wine https://www.facebook.com/sicsudbury/
In excess of £1300 was raised on the night! What an outstanding amount of money for the charity. The good news doesn’t stop there though, because https://www.facebook.com/IpswichBuildingSociety/ Sudbury matched the sum! I know everyone involved are thrilled at the support received.
The Just Talk Campaign do some amazing work in the local community, working with people in need of mental health assistance/ emotional wellbeing support. From as little as £5 per session, you can have access to this confidential service. All students are (BACP) members, British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, Clients are assessed by trained experienced counsellors. Follow these links for direct access to more information.
A message from Just Talk…
Do you feel alone, unheard or need someone to talk to?
Just Talk want you to know that we are here for you and that you are not alone.
Glenda Roberts, who runs the ExploringU Centre for well-being in Sudbury, set up “Just Talk”, a drop-in session at the end of each month, which is open to all age groups and is free of charge.
It is a place where anyone can come along and get the help and support you need and discuss anything that is concerning you in a safe and confidential environment. Just Talk Campaign also offers Individual Counselling with a Trainee Counsellor on Placement.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR OFFICES ARE MANNED MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS 9:30am to 17:30pm
COUNSELLING APPOINTMENTS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, IF YOU REQUIRE SUPPORT IN AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ON 999 OR YOUR GP.
0330 120 0279
I have already mentioned the great sense of community within Just Talk. They share the moto “Ubuntu”.
Which essentially is an “ideal for life in community. When we provide a safe space for one another, when we encourage one another, when we find space to collaborate – we create community, better yet – Ubuntu”.
Taken from the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation website http://www.tutufoundationusa.org/2015/10/06/striving-for-ubuntu/
Well done to the Just Talk Campaign Team and thank you to all that attended the quiz night and to those businesses that were kind enough and able to donate something. I know it is hard to make donations sometimes because everyone is asking for them. But Just Talk are incredibly thankful and your support means the difference between saving and changing lives in our local community.
If you would like more information, would like to volunteer or have any questions, please do message me and I can put you in touch with the team or you can make contact yourself directly via the links above.
Written by Carrie Parkin from Virtually Balanced