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: GRIP Craft Group flourishes.
We are pleased to report that although the COVID-19 restrictions have curtailed many projects, the GRIP Craft Group has found an ingenious way to continue its good work. The Recovery Team staff have sourced materials from an alternative supplier and are delivering boxes to individuals. All participants are then able to virtually “meet” and continue with their creative activities. Normally there are about 6 individuals taking part but this initiative has been so popular that we now have 18 people taking part. Grippers is very pleased to be financing all this in lieu of the Newgale residential course which has, of course, had to be postponed.