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Rutland organisation Pepper's prepares for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health services have become more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisations such as Pepper’s in Oakham are invaluable in bringing people together to tackle their personal issues.

That’s why the team are throwing themselves into preparations for Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place from May 10-16.


The activities will not only provide people with a creative outlet but will also raise much-needed funds to keep the Pepper’s project running for people in Rutland and Melton Mowbray.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “We need our community to help us end the stigma around mental health, spread awareness for the services we provide and raise vital funds so that we can continue supporting those in need.

“Our premises provide a safe and welcoming place for anyone to come and chat, share their experiences over a cup of tea, escape potential loneliness and relax away from daily stresses.”

One of the projects Pepper's is hosting for Mental Health Awareness Week is a photography competition, and with lockdown restrictions easing, now is the perfect time to get outside with your camera to take a few snaps.

The categories are Rutland landscapes, pets and wildlife. Entries must be emailed to: mhaw@peppersrutland.co.uk by Friday May 14 ready for judging by Rutland and Stamford Sound presenter Rob Persani and the next High Sheriff of Rutland, David Wood.

Prizes are still be announced but winners must be available to collect them during the week of May 17.

Anyone feeling more active can join the sponsored Miles for Mental health event on Monday, May 10.

Entrants can walk, run, cycle, hop, skip or jump their way through a three, five or 10-mile challenge.

Entry is £10 via the Pepper’s website.

Volunteers will also host a raffle with prizes including a Hambleton Bakery goodie bag, locally made gin, vouchers for Rutland Cakeaway and gifts from Rutland Wax Melts.

The tickets will be on sale at Oakham market on Wednesday, May 12 and Saturday, May15.

For full details of the week’s activities visit: www.peppersrutland.co.uk

Pepper’s runs drop-in sessions for adults twice a week and a parent and baby group. You can also access a friendship support line by calling 07714 503556.

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