Spare a new year resolution for a good local cause

Local charities day comes around every year on 15 December. This year, Mosaic, a Brixton-based mental health charity, is appealing for support.

Sinead and Simon from mental health charity Mosaic are running the marathon to raise funds

If you are short of a new year resolution, then supporting Simon and Sinead (above) from Mosaic Clubhouse on Effra Road to run the London marathon and raise funds for the charity is definitely a worthwhile cause. You can donate here.

The clubhouse is a mental health charity where members and staff work together to run all aspects of the organisation in a non-judgemental environment – from reception and admin to running the café, social media and workshops.

Last year 708 members worked alongside 14 support workers.

Simon, who was referred to Mosaic by his GP, says: “I feel like I have somewhere to go where I can contribute and feel needed. I enjoy working in the cafe – helping to prepare the food and serve customers. “At Mosaic there are always new opportunities – like running the marathon! I’ve never done anything like this before but I am excited and the staff are helping me with my training.”

Sinead, an employment and education support worker says: “The best thing about working at Mosaic is working alongside the members and supporting them to build their confidence and identify their strengths and talents. I get to help members plan for their futures and achieve their educational and employment goals. I’m really proud and excited to be running the marathon with Simon and raising money for Mosaic Clubhouse!”

It costs £1,270 per member per year to run Mosaic Clubhouse, with a cost per contact hour of £11. £2,500 will provide over 225 hours of support.

Mosaic are open throughout Christmas, including Christmas eve and Christmas day and run a crises service that will be open during this period. More details here.