Grippers is a charity in Gloucestershire to support people who are recovering from mental illness.
Grippers exists to give financial help to enable those who are recovering from psychosis to participate in educational and outward-bound projects, sports and art activities and courses, to encourage confidence and a return to normal life.
The Work of the Charity
Since its foundation in 2006, Grippers has raised an average of around £8000 per annum. As we have virtually no overheads, almost every penny goes to fund a wide variety of activities, sports and other equipment and educational courses.
Every July, 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.
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.