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'Inspiring Journeys' August event

This month our friends at Richmond Fellowship are hosting another afternoon of inspiration talks :

Click here for the booking form :

Inspiring Journeys Booking Form 26.08.21
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Here's more from Vicki at Richmond Fellowship:


'Our Time would like to bring to your attention to a further afternoon of motivational talks ‘Inspiring Journeys’ An afternoon of inspirational talks exploring the mindset and motivation of overcoming obstacles and adversity that we are holding on 26th August 2-4.30pm at The Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool. This event is FREE to attend and open to all, though we will prioritise in person places for timebank members.

We will also be live streaming the event via Zoom and a recording of the event will be accessible afterwards on Zoom.

The event will welcome two speakers, Brian Lenehan and Jay Wheeler, who have each in their lives encountered challenging circumstances and health difficulties, yet managed to navigate through these to go on and achieve their own personal goals and help others. We hope that in the context of experiencing mental health problems which, for many, the pandemic may have exacerbated, these talks will help people we support to find new inspiration to move forward in their lives.

Brian Lenehan

Diagnosed over ten years ago with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), a rare auto immune condition of the central nervous system that caused him to become visually impaired (VI), Brian has since gone on to become Irish champion, twice GB champion and World Championship silver medallist at VI tennis, ranked no. 3 in the world. Brian also has a passion for mountain biking and has raced against and beaten many riders who have full sight. Brian talks publicly about the struggles he has had with his mental health, what helps him to stay well and how his love for sport inspires him to keep moving forward. Brian currently works in sports development at Disability Sport Northern Ireland.

Jay Wheeler

Medically retired from the army with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after 15 years service, Jay has since used art as a tool to manage at times debilitating depression. Spray painting the word “LOVE” across the streets of Liverpool, Manchester, London, Poland, Berlin and Barcelona and producing thought provoking art work, Jay works to raise awareness of the power of art as therapy for mental ill health. With his Love Art Global movement, Jay promotes creativity as a method to find recovery and hope. Jay seeks to convey the message that trauma and suffering can be tackled with love and positivity as “love is the medicine we all need.”

Should people you support or staff members wish to book to attend the event, please complete the attached booking form and return it to vicki.pritchard@richmondfellowship.org.uk specifying whether you would like to attend the event in person or via Zoom link. Please note that due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, in person places are limited and attendees will be asked to follow safety guidelines (seats will be spaced 1m apart, face coverings must be worn and hand sanitiser will be provided).

If you wish to access the event recording afterwards, please let us know (team contact details are below) and we will log your details to send the link to you once it is available. Please share this event information with your network of contacts. I attach a .jpeg version of the flyer which may be useful for social media (please tag us with @RFLiverpool)'

Vicki Pritchard (Our Time / Richmond Fellowship)

For those who missed the last Inspiring Journeys event in June with Colin Dolan and Sara Crosland, you can access a recording of this event using the link and passcode below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/z_I6DGnJY3bsd6E1FCdk8J8SCPu1DXpYxDnMHOPYMFoWMi9qOLXxoG3sX55-4yk2.WbcXwrcCriKHI5wJ

Passcode: U2vkh9D$

Speaker Talk Start Times:

Sara Crosland 14 mins 20 secs (Link to Sara’s You Tube video as part of her talk Sickbed To Summits – My Brain Tumour Story: https://youtu.be/uYmqSYI4n1E)

Colin Dolan 1hr 24 mins 04 secs

The Ukulalas 2hrs 16 mins 45 secs (live band performance – please excuse the Zoom sound quality)

*Please note that some of the content of the talks can be upsetting for viewers, owing to discussion of suicide, self harm and other potentially distressing physical and mental health related topics.


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