We’re delighted to announce that our staff has chosen OTR (Off The Record) Bristol as our new Charity of the Year.
Off the Record Bristol (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people. The organisation provides mental health support and info to young people aged 11-25 across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. OTR sees mental health much like physical health - it needs to be looked after and maintained.
OTR’s services are free, confidential, self-referral and provide a variety of support projects to combat mental and emotional health needs such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, OCD, abuse, eating disorders, family breakdown and substance abuse.
OTR works in schools, colleges and youth clubs to promote good mental health and provide tips and tricks to look after your wellbeing. One of OTR's projects is The Resilience Lab, a stress-busting group workshop which shares guidance on how to deal with life's ups and downs. OTR also provides specialist support for anyone identifying as LGBTQ+ and young people experiencing bullying, self-harm or wanting to campaign against mental health stigma.
Staff nominate charities that are close to their hearts, then the whole office votes on the nominations. The charity with the most votes becomes our Charity of the Year.
We’re all really excited about the fundraising we’ll be doing for OTR Bristol this year. We have some keen runners who will tackle some local races to raise money and we’ll be continuing to do all of our regular fundraising events such as our annual charity quiz, bake sales, dress down days and sweepstakes.
With the World Cup happening in Russia this summer, we’ll almost certainly add this to our usual sweepstakes, which are Wimbledon and the Eurovision song contest.
We’ll update you through the year as to how we’re getting on and what we’re doing to support OTR Bristol and young people here in Bristol look after their mental health.