The Kaleidoscope Plus Group
Cost of project
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group (KPG) is a registered charity which has been providing services to promote and support better mental health since 1973.
What is The Kaleidoscope Plus Group?
Kaleidoscope Plus Group was originally known as ‘Sandwell Mind’ and were affiliated to the Mind network. However, they took the bold decision to disaffiliate from the Mind network as they felt this restricted their opportunities in terms of both growth and delivery. Known as the Kaleidoscope Plus Group since April 2013, they have totally rebranded and repositioned themselves as a Health and Wellbeing service provider. The Kaleidoscope Plus Group is governed by a group of independent voluntary trustees whom set the strategic vision and direction for the organisation. The Charity is based in Sandwell, and it has been reported that the health of people in this area is generally worse than the England average and life expectancy for both men and women is lower than the England average. 25.4% of adults and 25.5% of children are classed as obese and estimated levels of adult physical activity are worse than the England average. (Public Health England, Sandwell Health Profile 2015). The number of total contacts with mental health services including Psychiatrists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychotherapists and Social Workers is significantly higher in Sandwell than the West Midlands and the England rate. These factors all have an impact on the need for mental health services in the future. Today, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group is experiencing more demand for their services, because of the current situation and because other mental health services in Sandwell are being closed.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The Kaleidoscope plus group would love to run a project called “Keep moving with Kaleidoscope”. As mentioned previously, there are many factors that can contribute to a person’s mental health, and the aim of the project is to raise awareness of positive wellbeing, and encourage people to undertake in physical activity. The Kaleidoscope Plus Group would like to host a multigenerational sponsored walk, jog or run event at Sandwell Valley which will accommodate all levels of fitness. Individuals and families will be encouraged to take part, firstly by registering and collecting sponsorship and secondly through participation by walking, jogging or running around planned routes.
There will be two planned circular routes of differing distances and terrain with check points along the way offering welfare facilities such as emotional support, refreshments and first aid. At the main start/finish point there will also be welfare facilities along with healthy food outlets, promotional information and intervention tables regarding healthy lifestyles, exercise, health, wellbeing and mental health. Ideally, they would like for up to 200 individuals/ families to take part in this event, that will help raise much needed awareness of Mental Health. The Mental Health Foundation reports that “even low level physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on our mood. Researchers found that the participants felt more content, more awake and calmer after being physically active and that the effect of physical activity on mood was greatest when mood was initially low. Physical activity can also alleviate stress and develop self esteem”. In addition, they also hope to help to lower the levels of obesity and increase the participation in exercise for both adults and children in Sandwell for the future. A number of initiatives and interventions will be delivered during the event aimed to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise to our physical and mental wellbeing and to support individuals into making positive lifestyle changes. These include but are not limited to, healthy eating, exercise, exercise with a limiting long term illness or disability, diabetes support, 5 ways to wellbeing and how to access services for mental ill health.
Where can people go to find out more about The Kaleidoscope Plus Group?
For more information about The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, please contact: Kirstie Barnes, Community Engagement and Fundraising Coordinator.
Tel: 0121 565 5605
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