Dear Supporter,

As we finalise this issue of the newsletter, we have been basked in summer temperatures all day (for those who live outside the UK and are used to having  these hot days for months on end as the norm, please forgive us for getting overly excited!).

Talking of excitement, we are truly thrilled at the prospect of Zac Taylor and Mandy McQueenie from the Mencap Quality team travelling to South Africa on 15 June for two weeks. They are assessing the services provided by the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society (PMB MHS). The assessment will provide a road map to support the PMB MHS to move from an institutional model of care to a person centred care model. They will also be training staff on providing person centred support, including how to develop a personal profile for a service user.

This issue includes a short survey, which asks for your views of our newsletter. We value your feedback and ask that you complete the survey. There are only four questions, so will only take a couple of minutes to complete. 

Finally, as you know, at Climb Any Mountain we love a challenge. Each year we take on a fundraising activity to reflect climbing a metaphorical mountain. This year, the Thames Path Challenge in September is the one! We would love your support, either by sponsoring an individual or by taking part. Read the article for full details and to register your interest.

We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any comments or specific feedback onany of the articles, then we would love to hear from you. Drop us an email at info@climbanymountain.org.

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Join us in our Thames Path Challenge in September

Join us in our Thames Path Challenge in September

Over the weekend of 12/13 September 2015, we will join the River Thames Path Challenge, organised by Action Challenge, to complete the 25km trek, starting at Putney Bridge and finishing at Hurst Park, Hampton Court. However, you can choose the challenge you prefer.

Read more.

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Dressed for the part!

Climb Any Mountain management committee member, Shirley Doyle, recently had the privilege of being taken on a tour of the Mencap Central London offices by Lloyd, who has been working with the charity for over 20 years.  Lloyd demonstrated his detailed knowledge of the various departments and roles undertaken by everyone.

Pictured in the break-out room, Shirley looks quite at home in the room's matching comfy armchair!

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In the spotlight: Amanda

In the spotlight: Amanda

Some of our customers who are already supported by the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society, have shared their stories over time. We are inspired by these individuals and, in turn, share their dreams, aspirations and wishes as a reminder of our commitment to transforming the lives of people living with learning disability and mental illness in South Africa. In February 2015, Amanda attended a special …

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THE BEST OF THE REST 

A round up of other news stories

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Jane Unsworth and PC Mark Jenkins

Operation Emblem - A mental health triage initiative

A street triage initiative for people with mental health crisis has been producing great results in Cheshire. "Operation Emblem", involves a nurse accompanying police officers to call outs when a person may have mental health problems. According to Trust chief nurse and executive director of operational clinical services Gail Briers, the project has yielded very encouraging results.  "Since the project began, …

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Neil Baldwin, BAFTA Winner 2015

'Marvellous' - the inspiring story of Neil Baldwin

Meet Neil Baldwin, the man who refused to allow learning difficulties hold him back in any way. His story has been captured in an inspiring film, "Marvellous" which won a 2015 Bafta award in the "best single drama" category. Actor Toby Jones played the popular Baldwin in the BBC movie. Neil Baldwin lives by a simple philosophy "If you're not …

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