How The Light Gets In Review

blink were lucky enough to host a wellbeing tent at the world's largest philosophy and music festival during the May 2019 bank holiday weekend. ‘How The Lights Gets In’ was set on the edge of the Black Mountains, along the banks of the River Wye just outside the famed book town of Hay. How The Light Gets In occupies a special location, but that's just the backdrop for the real magic to come

The festival is all about pitching new ideas and thought-provoking debates; with a progressive and exciting atmosphere of change thrown in. This provided the perfect platform for blink to introduce our campaign.

We ran mindfulness activities, offered a quiet space to relax and raised awareness about blink as a whole. We also had fully qualified professional therapists offering free professional support throughout the festival.

We couldn’t have asked for a better reception. Our therapy sessions were fully booked; the mindfulness sessions proved super popular, and we doubled our mailing list size! As Blink highlights an issue that affects so many people on a personal level, a lot of people came forward to tell us their stories and show us their support.

On top of this; bands did shout outs, we’ve gained some new volunteers, and we even sold a t-shirt! There were so many incredible moments, but a particularly emotional moment was when the Poetry Machine (a very talented, fast thinking poet with a type writer) wrote this awesome poem for us.

We are still overwhelmed by the support we received over the weekend and we’re grateful to everyone who stopped by to find out more about what we do. It truly means so much to us.

We are already planning what’s next for blink so please do keep an eye out, via our newsletter and social media for more updates and stories about our campaign. In the meantime, here are some photos from the weekend!


Special thanks go to the people and companies below, as without them the above wouldn’t have been possible

Jamie, Chloe and Lucy from How The Light Gets In, for believing in us and giving blink this amazing opportunity.

JA Burke Construction Ltd for their kind financial donations and on going support to blink

Dani of Gocustom Clothing for providing our hoodies pro-bono

Chris from Pitch Tents for the pro-bono bell tent

Foga for providing their delicious plant shakes for festival goers

Andy Jefferies for donating awesome Dock & Bay towels for festival goers

Form for their awesome pro-bono banner artwork

And last but not least, our amazing volunteers and therapists giving up their bank holiday to help spread mental health awareness; and to assist us in providing rapid peer and professional support when people need it most

 

 

We are at ‘how the light gets in festival’

blink are excited to announce that we have a wellbeing tent at the world's largest philosophy and music festival this May!

We'll be running mindfulness activities, offering a quiet space and raising awareness about blink as a whole. We will also have fully qualified professional therapists offering professional support throughout the festival.

We're so grateful to those who have offered to volunteer their time and energy to help us at How The Light Gets In; without our community of blinkers this wouldn't be possible. Thank you.

Special thanks to Go Custom Clothing and JA Burke Construction Ltd too; for providing our volunteers with their blink clothing and sponsorship to make the event happen.

This is going to be incredible and we cannot wait!

We will be sure to update you all on the festival once we return, so keep an eye out on social media and our website.

Will you be heading to How The Light Gets In this May? Why not pop by our tent and see what we're about!

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£8,000 Lottery Funding

Blink are delighted to announce that this week we received the news that the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded us £8,000 towards our campaign.

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Yes, you read that right! £8,000... £8,000 !?

This was our first grant bid, and since we’ve only been a community organisation since last August, we are even more stoked about this news.

Part of the grant will be used to help set up our safeguarding and referral procedures; so when we start providing our core service of providing therapy to people, everything is ‘tickety-boo’

The other part of the grant will be used to help us set-up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This will give us official charity status, that will open us up to more grants, more opportunities, and provide assurance to our supporters that we truly are not for profit . 

Watch this space for bigger and better things to come from blink