Three of Monmouthshire’s community hubs raised money for a good cause while bringing the community together by supporting The Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign with fundraising events on Monday 21st January.
Usk Community Hub’s activities included a pop-up shop offering tea, coffee and cake as well as a performance from the Usk Singing Group. In addition, the Usk-based Gwent Therapy Centre offered free ten minute Indian head massage sessions. Similar events held at Chepstow and Monmouth featured tea and cakes, shared reading board games, colouring and a Knit and Natter group.
Brew Monday is offered as an antidote to “Blue Monday” – the third Monday in January – which is claimed to be one of the most difficult days of the year in the northern hemisphere as post-Christmas financial pressures coincide with dark, gloomy days and low motivational levels. But The Samaritans say this doesn’t have to be the case and they invited communities to beat the January blues by gathering with friends, family or colleagues over a brew to raise vital funds.
Councillor Paul Jordan, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for the council’s community hubs said:
“We’re delighted to support The Samaritans in carrying out such valuable work. Over the last 64 years, the charity’s volunteers have helped save countless lives, but as demand for services grows, they need support now more than ever. Money raised will help keep Samaritans phone lines open and volunteers supporting people in need.”
Community Hub Manager Richard Drinkwater added:
“It’s Brew Monday, not Blue Monday here in Monmouthshire. We’re taking the time for a cuppa in our community hubs to support the Samaritans.”