Welcome message from Marj, a Body & Soul trustee and Young Adult member
As well as providing our regular support to members this quarter, we have also been focusing on our outreach work, bringing news of our mission and services to as wide an audience as possible: we ran an interactive session on Body & Soul’s whole-person approach with delegates at the Community Psychology Festival, organised by the British Psychological Society and the University of the West of England; one of our members was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live on her experience of accessing formula milk as part of our drive to make formula milk free to HIV-positive mothers; and we relaunched our ‘Open House’ in September which was attended by professionals from a range of organisations who can refer new members to Body & Soul.
It was a busy quarter for community fundraising events too. In July, we were lucky enough to be chosen by SHE Choir London to be the beneficiary of their annual Summer Sounds concert, which took place at Islington Assembly Hall. We also took advantage of the summer weather by entering a team in the British 10K race through Central London. We ended the quarter with a group ‘spinathon’ organised by one of our corporate partners, Tokio Marine HCC, covering the equivalent distance of London to Tokyo. Huge thanks to everyone who has donated or taken part in these events – your efforts allow us to keep doing what we do.
As a young adult member at Body & Soul myself, it has been an inspiration to witness first-hand the benefits of what Body & Soul does. This quarterly report focuses on the work that goes on across all our young adult programmes (spanning the 16-30 age group). I hope it gives you a flavour of the depth and breadth of the support offered by the charity, and the impact it has on the lives of everyone in the community.
Trustee, Body & Soul