Sainsbury’s Pocklington is proud to have raised a grand total of £3450 to their Charity of the Year’ for 2018/2019, local mental health charity ‘Second Thoughts East Yorkshire’ (STEY).

STEY promotes positive mental health across the area through providing group support workshops covering anxiety management, confidence building & assertiveness and valuing your own skills. The charity also has a minibus which is used to take people who live rurally to therapeutic activities such as gardening and woodworking.

The charity was formed in May 2015 and began operating in August that year. To date it has supported over 400 people in managing mental health problems of all kinds.

Greg Harman, founder of Second Thoughts East Yorkshire, said

“More people are struggling with maintaining good mental health nowadays, largely because of the stresses of modern day living. Away from the cities of Hull and York, support can be difficult to find, so we run small group workshops across the county on anxiety management and building confidence for example. We also work with employers on mental health awareness. Having the minibus now also means we can take people to activities, so reducing social isolation and providing something to look forward to for people who are so often left out of community activities because of their levels of anxiety”.

Greg added

“We are not funded through any grants or contracts from the NHS or Local Authorities, so as well as informing people about what we do when we are instore, the money raised for us by Sainsbury’s will help us to pay for venue hire, trainer costs, refreshments and to run our minibus. We are so grateful to the wonderful staff and especially the shoppers in the store”.

Stephanie Crowe, Customer Experience Manager said

“Sainsbury’s has a long history of supporting the local community, from charity fundraising and events to donating to causes close to the hearts of our 185,000 colleagues. Within today’s society Mental Health Awareness is so important. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental health therefore, it is imperative for people to know that there is support out there. It has been a pleasure working with Second Thoughts; I believe that having a local Charity supporting local people is vital and the work that they do is remarkable. I’m really proud that our store has been able to contribute towards the impressive figure through fundraising and support from our customers.

This year Sainsbury’s is Celebrating its 150th birthday and as part of this celebration we are undertaking our project – ‘150 Days of Community’, where we are working in collaboration with various local groups in a bid to clean up Pocklington of litter. If you would like any further information on how Sainsbury’s Pocklington might be able to support your local community project please do not hesitate to get in touch at PRL.Pocklington@sainsburys.co.uk. I would like to wish Second Thoughts continuing success in their future endeavours and we look forward to seeing them again instore on one of our bag packing days in December”.