To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May 2018), Grace Gladys Famoriyo Ministries (GFM) is launching a project called, ‘Wellness in the Cities’. The project aims to support the emotional wellness of individuals, giving them tools to improve/maintain their wellness as well as become more resilient.

The emotional wellness of individuals, groups, communities and cities is at the heart of what we do at GFM and we have been privileged and honoured to have delivered various initiatives for nearly twenty years. Although a small organisation, we estimate a reach of over 750,000 people in just the last decade through various channels.

Our past projects

Here are some of the projects we have delivered in the past:

• Raising funds to build (from scratch) a library for a women’s refuge in Buckinghamshire, in addition to running a workshop. Goal: Empower and educate women, improve/maintain their wellbeing, change patterns of behaviour, improve literacy and eliminate isolation.

• Donating books to a women’s library scheme in a rural village in Kenya. Goal: Empower and educate disadvantaged and socially isolated women, improve/maintain their wellbeing and improve literacy.

• Delivering a 2-day pilot workshop in a female prison, in addition to donating books to their library.  Goal: Reduce the rate of self-harm, depression, hopelessness and self-inflicted deaths whilst improving emotional wellness during custody (and beyond).  Also improving literacy.

Our vision is to increase our reach to over 1,000,000 people. The goal is to tackle the emotional challenges people face in the cities of the UK, especially in the light of recent tragedies in the UK.


How we plan to do this
We plan to donate five paperback books, written by our CEO, Grace Gladys Famoriyo JP, to pre-selected city centre libraries in North Kensington, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Stockport ahead of Mental Health Awareness week in May 2018. Our goal is to make these books freely accessible to library users.

Each book includes inspiration, practical examples and tools to equip individuals in facing the challenges of life.

How you can help
Help us raise funds to deliver this project. This will cover printing, logistics and publicity costs. We also plan to personally deliver the five-book collection to each of the pre-selected libraries and meet with senior library officials to discuss how we can support people in their communities.

No amount is too small and every little bit helps. So click the donate button and make a real difference in the lives of others.

And if we smash our target…
Any additional funds raised will go towards phase 2 of this project, making a difference to nominated prison libraries, women’s refuges or other community services.