Grippers is a charity founded in 2006 to support young Gloucestershire adults who are recovering from mental illness.
Grippers exists to give financial help to help those who are recovering from psychosis to return to normal life. As we have virtually no overheads, almost every penny goes to fund a wide variety of activities, sports and other equipment and educational courses.
The Work of the Charity
Every July (except 2020 due to Covid), we pay for a four-day residential outward-bound style course in West Wales, attended by up to twelve young people who are recovering from psychosis. They take part in challenging physical activities, as well as planning and cooking meals, building trust and confidence and, judging by the smiles, having fun and chilling out.
All this needs a steady flow of income which comes from a wide range of sources. A very special example is Anna, who decided to raise money as a way of thanking the GRiP (Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis) team. She ran a half marathon in October 2020 and raised an amazing £500. A huge thank you from Grippers to Anna and all our sponsors and supporters.
I experienced psychosis in the summer of 2017 in the run-up to my final third-year exams at university. During my recovery, I attended mindfulness sessions and really appreciated meeting people who have also experienced psychosis. When my care coordinator at GRiP (Lou) invited me to a sponsored walk, she also suggested I do a sponsored run for Grippers. I had trained for a run in 2018 and did the Bristol 10K in May 2019. I really noticed that this was when I started coming back to my true-and-well self. I knew that exercise and activities really helped me to feel confident again so I was inspired to help provide that for people who have experienced something similar to me. I’ve come so far and received such incredible support, which I wanted to give back in some way. I know that the money I raised will do so much good, especially after the year we’ve all had in 2020!
NEW: Gardening Group
We are really excited to announce this innovative project. The GriP team have procured allotment space and Grippers have contributed all the gardening tools, compost, seed etc to get this group started. We support this group as Grippers strongly believe that this type of activity and ownership ticks all the boxes for people recovering from severe mental illness to find their feet again. We hope to be able to post some photographic evidence of the results in due course.