Swindon Amazon Team support local mental health charity with donation

By Jessica Durston - 14 April 2022

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The Amazon fulfilment centre in Swindon has made a £6,000 donation to the IPSUM mental health and wellbeing centre in the town.

IPSUM based in Swindon, supports people in the town and the surrounding areas to help address issues such as mental, psychological, and emotional health through a range of therapeutic interventions including talking therapies, music and art. 

The charity works with individuals, couples and small groups experiencing loneliness and isolation to increase self-esteem, encourage an active lifestyle and help them make positive changes.

Activities provided by the charity include mindfulness and mediation workshops, and team building days. 

IPSUM also offers professional training and development for qualified counsellors, with interactive courses available to enhance awareness of the issues faced as their careers develop.

The charity also works alongside local colleges and universities as a placement provider, as well as postgraduate study. 

David Tindal, General Manager at Amazon in Swindon, said: “We’re pleased to have many great relationships with the local charities in Swindon such as IPSUM Swindon. We want to thank IPSUM Swindon for the great support it offers to our community and for inviting some of the team to visit its brilliant centre.” 

To celebrate the donation, IPSUM invited some of the team from Amazon in Swindon to visit the centre and learn more about the work it does. 

The donation from Amazon Swindon will go towards increasing IPSUM’s Young People’s project, which uses creativity to empower young people to explore their thoughts and feelings, increase their confidence and self-esteem whilst they develop new skills, feelings of acceptance, reduce stress and anxiety, and grow social skills. 

The funding will expand the Young People’s project by funding a Youth Drama Therapist, who will facilitate the use of motion, dance, music, and art to explore thoughts and feelings. The team believe this will work well for younger people, as often they are unable to verbalise what they are struggling with. 

In addition to this, IPSUM has started a Young Persons’ Podcast group and the donation will support the expansion of this and allow more young people to increase their confidence by creating podcasts for broadcasting on the IPSUM YouTube channel.

Young people are supported to create music in their chosen genres using our Digital Audio Workshops to express themselves, linking with the youth portion of the current radio show that IPSUM creates and broadcasts on Swindon 105.5 monthly. 

Julie Mattinson, Director at IPSUM Swindon, said: “On behalf of everyone at IPSUM Swindon, I’d like thank David and the team at Amazon in Swindon for this donation and for making a visit to our centre. We are passionate about improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Swindon and donations like this help us continue our services.” 

The donation to IPSUM Swindon was made as part of Amazon’s programme to support the communities in and around its operating locations across the UK. 

Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast and delivering more than five million healthy breakfasts to families in England.

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