The Kaleidoscope Plus Group

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?

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group was originally known as ‘Sandwell Mind’ and was 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 re-branded and re-positioned themselves as a Health and Wellbeing service provider. The Kaleidoscope Plus Group is governed by a group of independent voluntary trustees who set the strategic vision and direction for the organisation.

The charity is based in Sandwell, where it has been reported that the health of people is generally worse than the average for England, and life expectancy for both men and women is lower. 25.4% of adults and 25.5% of children are classed as obese and estimated levels of adult physical activity are worse than average.

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 other mental health services in Sandwell 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. 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 multi-­generational 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 by registering and collecting sponsorship and also 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 and finish points there will also be welfare facilities along with healthy food outlets, promotional information and intervention tables promoting healthy lifestyles, exercise, wellbeing and mental health.

Ideally, the organisation would like for up to 200 individuals and families to take part in this event. 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.

Cost of project

£2000

Where can people go to find out more about The Kaleidoscope Plus Group?

Kirstie Barnes, Community Engagement and Fundraising Coordinator

Tel: 0121 565 5605

Email: kirstie.barnes@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

You can find out more about The Kaleidoscope Plus Group via their website. You can also follow The Kaleidoscope Plus Group on Facebook and Twitter.

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