13/09/2022

Mental health charity in Bolton receives £20,000 Asda grant

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Do you study at the University of Bolton? Or are you a Bolton resident? If so, you might already be familiar with Headspace. A not-for-profit organisation run by those with direct experience of mental health and neurodiversity; specialising in performing arts including stand-up comedy, filmmaking, and others.   

Mental health today is a pivotal subject; an invisible illness that in most serious cases can be fatal. Nobody likes to think of a friend or a family member suffering in silence, and this is where Headspace comes in. Offering free classes, they give the people of Bolton the chance to leave their worries at the door through on-and off-stage activities. Whether this is making others laugh through improv or stand-up comedy, becoming a mastermind behind the camera through filmmaking or expressing your musical or poetic talents. 

At Bolton University, alongside the Octagon Theatre, we have been proud to offer the charity a workspace over recent years so they could run their performing arts sessions. It is our mission as a leading university in Greater Manchester for Student Satisfaction* to support the wider needs of the town as well as our students.  

“They hosted us and really kept us going and supported us over the years”Headspace in The Bolton News 

With its 30-year history of helping people in local communities, the Asda Foundation financially supports organisations in making a real impact. As of 11 September, Headspace Bolton became the latest winner of the investment.  what mental health looks like on the inside vs. the outside

£20,000 is a life-changing amount of money; a sum that will make a world of difference towards mental health in the Bolton community. By allowing Headspace to find a permanent facility to continue their running workshops, performances, and a creative outlet to showcase their work, the grant will be used for refurbishments; turning the base into a positive and calming home that people can seek refuge in for years to come.  

Their new home is designed to be free of sound intrusion and poor lighting, with visitors able to expect a brand-new spacious facility fit with a performance stage and creative arts space. Providing a base where the Bolton community can visit, feel safe, and keep smiling!  

*Complete University Guide - Northwest – 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 

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