9/11/17 - MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING WORKSHOP

Several members of broom tree attended the first of four mental health training sessions for the Church of England in Darlington on Thursday 9th November at St. Cuthbert’s Hall.

The training workshop was led by Reverend Colin Jay, Head of Chaplaincy Services at Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust with the aim of raising awareness of the types of severe and enduring mental illness, how these are experienced by people and the problems of stigma.  The training was very relaxed, informative and achieved its objectives.

Brian Robinson, founder of broom tree says, “I felt yet another milestone in the development of broom tree was achieved last night as people listened attentively to our stories followed by insightful questions. Participants commented on the courage and frankness of broom tree members that contributed to a successful evening”.
24/11/17 - DECK THE WARDS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY!

Rev Colin Jay, Head of Chaplaincy Services at West Park Hospital receives an Advent candle wreath from Les Smith, technical advisor, broom tree.

Les says, “Members of broom tree chose to make and donate the wreath to West Park Hospital and we are delighted that it will be used in the chapel during times of worship.  Many of us have spent time on the wards and have benefited from the support of a chaplain and the organised times of worship.  It’s good to strengthen the relationship broom tree has with West Park Hospital and Colin, who has been very supportive”.
Colin says, “Christmas can be a difficult time for patients who are resident in hospital due to mental illness.  The wreath is a welcome and colourful addition to our chapel and will feature in our Advent services.  I’d like to thank broom tree for this generous and thoughtful gift”.
8/10/17 - BROOM TREE LEADS WORSHIP TO MARK WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

What a wonderful day for broom tree!

We had our first service at Darlington Baptist Church (Grange Road), and the Holy Spirit was with us I feel! Well done to all those that helped in our service today, no matter how small; many went out of their comfort zone to make today’s service so special.

Also, praise must go to the leadership and vision of the Church, they have supported this group and stood by us. The fact that they have taken broom tree under their wing is inspiring.
Today broom tree hit a milestone, but there are many more miles to go….
20/3/18 - CHURCHS TOGETHER MEETING IN DARLINGTON

Brian, Les and Reverend Colin Jay represented broom tree during the meeting and we were given a 30 minute slot to share what we are doing and why.  Colin started by giving a clearly presented case why churches should respond.  Brian then explained how broom tree has developed through the efforts of those affected by mental illness and how motivated they are to being part of the resource available to church leaders to create ‘Friendly Places’.   

We had the chance to appeal to church leaders to source Champions that we can link with and the opportunity to develop Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces.   Les shared the transformation in his life that broom tree and Care and Share have made and this had great impact.    Participants were left with information and invitation to speak with Brian and Les over coffee at the end of the meeting.  Brian and Les were approached by a church leader who wants to explore how broom tree and the Care and Share approach can be linked into mission and service. 
20/3/18 - Churches together meeting in Darlington

Brian, Les and Reverend Colin Jay represented broom tree during the meeting and we were given a 30 minute slot to share what we are doing and why.  Colin started by giving a clearly presented case why churches should respond.  Brian then explained how broom tree has developed through the efforts of those affected by mental illness and how motivated they are to being part of the resource available to church leaders to create ‘Friendly Places’.   

We had the chance to appeal to church leaders to source Champions that we can link with and the opportunity to develop Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces.   Les shared the transformation in his life that broom tree and Care and Share have made and this had great impact.    Participants were left with information and invitation to speak with Brian and Les over coffee at the end of the meeting.  Brian and Les were approached by a church leader who wants to explore how broom tree and the Care and Share approach can be linked into mission and service.
 
20/3/18 - SHARING THE VISION WITH THE HOMEMAKER'S GROUP AT HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE METHODIST CHURCH

We had the pleasure of explaining the broom tree vision to the Homemaker’s Group at Haughton-le-Skerne Methodist Church on the evening of Tuesday 20th March.  There was a good turn-out and many opportunities to talk with people over coffee and a delicious cake and several shared their personal experiences of depression and anxiety.  Several members of the broom tree team were present and thanks to Joan and Les for sharing and explaining why there is a need for this ministry.    Suzanne and Brian were able to link up with people who want to explore how existing spaces could be used to link people into community.
20/3/18  CHURCHES TOGETHER MEETING

Brian, Les and Reverend Colin Jay represented broom tree during the meeting and we were given a 30 minute slot to share what we are doing and why.  Colin started by giving a clearly presented case why churches should respond.  Brian then explained how broom tree has developed through the efforts of those affected by mental illness and how motivated they are to being part of the resource available to church leaders to create ‘Friendly Places’.    We had the chance to appeal to church leaders to source Champions that we can link with and the opportunity to develop Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces.   Les shared the transformation in his life that broom tree and Care and Share have made and this had great impact.    Participants were left with information and invitation to speak with Brian and Les over coffee at the end of the meeting.  Brian and Les were approached by a church leader who wants to explore how broom tree and the Care and Share approach can be linked into mission and service. 
20/3/18 - SHARING THE VISION WITH THE HOMEMAKER'S GROUP AT HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE METHODIST CHURCH

We had the pleasure of explaining the broom tree vision to the Homemaker’s Group at Haughton-le-Skerne Methodist Church on the evening of Tuesday 20th March.  There was a good turn-out and many opportunities to talk with people over coffee and a delicious cake and several shared their personal experiences of depression and anxiety.  Several members of the broom tree team were present and thanks to Joan and Les for sharing and explaining why there is a need for this ministry.    Suzanne and Brian were able to link up with people who want to explore how existing spaces could be used to link people into community. 
20/3/18 - SHARING THE VISION WITH THE HOMEMAKER'S GROUP AT HAUGHTON-LE-SKERNE METHODIST CHURCH

We had the pleasure of explaining the broom tree vision to the Homemaker’s Group at Haughton-le-Skerne Methodist Church on the evening of Tuesday 20th March.  There was a good turn-out and many opportunities to talk with people over coffee and a delicious cake and several shared their personal experiences of depression and anxiety.  Several members of the broom tree team were present and thanks to Joan and Les for sharing and explaining why there is a need for this ministry.    Suzanne and Brian were able to link up with people who want to explore how existing spaces could be used to link people into community. 
22/3/18 - CONTRIBUTING TO THE TRAINING OF CURATES IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

We were invited by Reverend Colin Jay to contribute to a mental health and spirituality awareness training for those being prepared for ministry in the Anglican Church.  The training was held at West Park Hospital, Darlington and around 25 people were present. 
Les says, “I always feel nervous before these events but I am growing in confidence.  I feel my story of suffering and recovery is helpful for those with no awareness of mental illness and they can see that the church has a role to play in recovery.  I was approached by people afterwards and they shared how my words had made an impact and had contributed to a successful evening”.
Brian says, “I explained to this next generation of leaders that broom tree seeks to educate, equip and encourage churches so that they can embrace people with a mental illness into community.  I was encouraged that these leaders showed a willingness to affect cultural change in their congregations by preaching and teaching on the subject and working towards inclusiveness.   As usual, Les was inspiring by sharing aspects of his experience that bring these training events to life”.
Colin commented that we achieved the right balance of criticism and encouragement so that these trainees left with a greater understanding of what to do when they assume full responsibility for a church.
22/3/18 - CONTRIBUTING TO THE TRAINING OF CURATES IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

We were invited by Reverend Colin Jay to contribute to a mental health and spirituality awareness training for those being prepared for ministry in the Anglican Church.  The training was held at West Park Hospital, Darlington and around 25 people were present. 
Les says, “I always feel nervous before these events but I am growing in confidence.  I feel my story of suffering and recovery is helpful for those with no awareness of mental illness and they can see that the church has a role to play in recovery.  I was approached by people afterwards and they shared how my words had made an impact and had contributed to a successful evening”.
Brian says, “I explained to this next generation of leaders that broom tree seeks to educate, equip and encourage churches so that they can embrace people with a mental illness into community.  I was encouraged that these leaders showed a willingness to affect cultural change in their congregations by preaching and teaching on the subject and working towards inclusiveness.   As usual, Les was inspiring by sharing aspects of his experience that bring these training events to life”.
Colin commented that we achieved the right balance of criticism and encouragement so that these trainees left with a greater understanding of what to do when they assume full responsibility for a church.
22/3/18 - CONTRIBUTING TO THE TRAINING OF CURATES IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

We were invited by Reverend Colin Jay to contribute to a mental health and spirituality awareness training for those being prepared for ministry in the Anglican Church.  The training was held at West Park Hospital, Darlington and around 25 people were present. 
Les says, “I always feel nervous before these events but I am growing in confidence.  I feel my story of suffering and recovery is helpful for those with no awareness of mental illness and they can see that the church has a role to play in recovery.  I was approached by people afterwards and they shared how my words had made an impact and had contributed to a successful evening”.
Brian says, “I explained to this next generation of leaders that broom tree seeks to educate, equip and encourage churches so that they can embrace people with a mental illness into community.  I was encouraged that these leaders showed a willingness to affect cultural change in their congregations by preaching and teaching on the subject and working towards inclusiveness.   As usual, Les was inspiring by sharing aspects of his experience that bring these training events to life”.
Colin commented that we achieved the right balance of criticism and encouragement so that these trainees left with a greater understanding of what to do when they assume full responsibility for a church.
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR BROOMTREE IN MARCH 2018

1) Meeting with Reverend Bill Baviner and Ray Leonard, Church of England - 28th March

Suzanne and Brian met with Bill and Ray for further talks about broom tree and Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces.  It is encouraging to meet with people who share our passion for encouraging churches to open their doors to those who want to give to the church as well as receive.  We came away with an agreement to encourage one another and excite the church by sharing the many positive outcomes experienced by those who contribute to our Care and Share spaces and the broom tree CHIME group.   We thought it would be helpful to share someone’s experience before and after involvement to develop understanding of the need for these ministries and reasons to prioritise the development of the work over the many demands facing church leaders.  We are looking for people who are willing to visit church cafes so that we can mix, network and get ourselves known.  We need to encounter people so that they can grow in understanding and reduce their anxieties that they feel inadequate in supporting people with mental health problems.

2) Response from the Catholic Church Mental Health Project -27th March

Thank you so much for your message. It is very good to hear about all that broom tree is doing in the North East, and I am very keen to stay in touch. I am going to be convening some work on ecumenical initiatives in mental health, and it would be fantastic to have your views and experience as a contribution to that. I am only in the early stages of this work, but if you’re willing to be a part of it I’d be really grateful.  Your work and commitment to this important issue is really inspiring. I will certainly link to broom tree on our website’s Helplines page
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR BROOMTREE IN MARCH 2018

1) Meeting with Reverend Bill Baviner and Ray Leonard, Church of England - 28th March

Suzanne and Brian met with Bill and Ray for further talks about broom tree and Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces.  It is encouraging to meet with people who share our passion for encouraging churches to open their doors to those who want to give to the church as well as receive.  We came away with an agreement to encourage one another and excite the church by sharing the many positive outcomes experienced by those who contribute to our Care and Share spaces and the broom tree CHIME group.   We thought it would be helpful to share someone’s experience before and after involvement to develop understanding of the need for these ministries and reasons to prioritise the development of the work over the many demands facing church leaders.  We are looking for people who are willing to visit church cafes so that we can mix, network and get ourselves known.  We need to encounter people so that they can grow in understanding and reduce their anxieties that they feel inadequate in supporting people with mental health problems.

2) Response from the Catholic Church Mental Health Project -27th March

Thank you so much for your message. It is very good to hear about all that broom tree is doing in the North East, and I am very keen to stay in touch. I am going to be convening some work on ecumenical initiatives in mental health, and it would be fantastic to have your views and experience as a contribution to that. I am only in the early stages of this work, but if you’re willing to be a part of it I’d be really grateful.  Your work and commitment to this important issue is really inspiring. I will certainly link to broom tree on our website’s Helplines page
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR BROOMTREE IN MARCH 2018



1) Meeting with Reverend Bill Baviner and Ray Leonard, Church of England - 28th March

Suzanne and Brian met with Bill and Ray for further talks about broom tree and Care and Share Wellbeing Spaces.  It is encouraging to meet with people who share our passion for encouraging churches to open their doors to those who want to give to the church as well as receive.  We came away with an agreement to encourage one another and excite the church by sharing the many positive outcomes experienced by those who contribute to our Care and Share spaces and the broom tree CHIME group.   We thought it would be helpful to share someone’s experience before and after involvement to develop understanding of the need for these ministries and reasons to prioritise the development of the work over the many demands facing church leaders.  We are looking for people who are willing to visit church cafes so that we can mix, network and get ourselves known.  We need to encounter people so that they can grow in understanding and reduce their anxieties that they feel inadequate in supporting people with mental health problems.




2) Response from the Catholic Church Mental Health Project -27th March

Thank you so much for your message. It is very good to hear about all that broom tree is doing in the North East, and I am very keen to stay in touch. I am going to be convening some work on ecumenical initiatives in mental health, and it would be fantastic to have your views and experience as a contribution to that. I am only in the early stages of this work, but if you’re willing to be a part of it I’d be really grateful.  Your work and commitment to this important issue is really inspiring. I will certainly link to broom tree on our website’s Helplines page
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