February and March at MIN

February and March madness took over at Mums In Need, bringing with them brilliant opportunities for more funding and to raise awareness of the work that we do, so instead of a monthly update we have two!

We were all extremely proud of our founder and CEO Laura Riley achieving national recognition for our small charity and the inspiring work she has done within it for the people of our community. Being nominated for Stylist Magazine’s ‘Inspiration of the Year’ award was a phenomenal experience, giving us the chance to share the work that we do and meet countless other inspiring women, giving us big hopes and plans for the future. Thank you to all that voted!

As a result of Laura’s nomination, she also got the chance to speak to Paulette Edwards on BBC Radio Sheffield about coercive control, Mums in Need, and her nomination. Every chance that we get to combat the silence regarding emotional abuse is an opportunity to raise awareness of not just our charity, but the issue itself, and so we were extremely grateful for the platform to do so. We are always open to discussing emotional abuse and the work that the charity does to support those who have suffered from it.

We were extremely delighted to announce that Mums In Need won the Heart of the Community vote at Sheffield Virgin Money Lounge. As a small, largely volunteer-run charity, we are hugely appreciative of all the funding support we can get and donations such as these help us to ensure that we can continue to support all those that we do and more. Thank you to anyone and everyone who gave us their vote!

We want to say a massive thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund for giving us a National Lottery grant which means that we can continue to fund our CEO’s salary. This grant allows us to continue to grow as a charity and reach more women in need of support in Sheffield, and so we could not be more grateful for it.

From the big to the small, we also want to say a huge thank you to the team at Go Local Extra on City Road who are supporting Mums In Need by having one of our MIN tins. Every little helps when it comes to fundraising, and one vital way that we get this is through our MIN fundraising tins. The support of our community is invaluable, so if you or anyone you know would be interested in a MIN tin of your own, please get in touch.

Our volunteers also ran a stall at the International Women’s Day charity event in Nether Edge. As a charity dedicated to supporting women, we are wholly devoted to their empowerment and recognising their strength and achievement. Sheffield Live put together a video of the event featuring a short interview with Susan, one of our incredible volunteers that you can check out here. Following on from this, we also had a wonderful morning at the empowering women event with Mums United at the Sheffield PMC, celebrating women around the world and at home.

Our founder and CEO also attended and spoke at the Women’s History Month event at Hallam Union along with speakers from British Red Cross and Sheffield Refugee Council. We want to thank Lin Hussin for hosting and giving us another opportunity to speak about what we do!

We love it when individuals from the community help to raise money for MIN and cannot express enough how much we value their contribution. One of our latest supporters, Amina from YogaLua UK, has started running free weekly meditation sessions where she collects donations for Mums In Need. Already, she has raised a brilliant £122 in the past two months, so thank you Amina!

As a fairly young and small charity, we recognise how far there is for us to go but could not be more excited for this future and how many we might reach along the way. We want to say a great big thank you to all those who have supported us so far and the people who may do so in the future in order make MIN bigger, better and brighter.