All About Us
The Butterfly effect wellbeing Journey
Butterfly effect wellbeing was founded in 2019, by myself and my mum Chris. Mum had suffered for many years from mental ill health and found it hard to interact with people, so we come up with the idea of offering a safe space. Unfortunately mum took her own life and passed on 13.03.2020. We set this up in her memory. Butterfly Effect WELLbeing helps to support your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing on a holistic level in a friendly environment.
We are a not for profit community interest company.
Please see the Facebook page link below for groups and events.
We are in temporary accommodation!!!
Arise Innovation Hub,
Harlow Innovation Park,
SOOOO.... THIS HAPPENED!!!!
We still have a way to go regarding planning and building work, but....................................................We have now secured a bigger hub, to accommodate even more people. Since open at Paringdon we have grown from strength to strength and have increased the amount of groups we hold. . This will be at The Bungalow, Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, CM18 7BL. Its an amazing space and it will benefit so many in the community. We also have the outdoor space, so we can grow some vegetable's, have a children's play area, BBQ`s in the summer. I can just see it being a hive of excitement, friendship, love and community.
We will be holding a few more fundraisers to pay for this and asking for more volunteers to join us.
We will be open 7 days a week, so we are on hand to help any one in a crisis or those feeling suicidal.
Butterfly Effect Wellbeing received an Asda Foundation grant for £25,000 which goes a long way to achieving their goal of £60,000 to renovate an existing building to meet the group's expanding needs.
The group have outgrown their current community hub as demand for their services has increased rapidly.
Butterfly effect wellbeing is a non-judgmental group that offers space to listen, accept, encourage and support those that need it.
The group’s community hub is open daily and offers a variety of activities to help those experiencing mental ill health and also on a social aspect. These currently include meditation, sound therapy, craft groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, cooking on a budget, baby and me sessions, children’s support groups, and chill ‘n’ chat for teenagers, social support groups, SOBS, sing-a-long with me, walk and talk, stroll n snap. They also offer food on various days for anyone to collect, to help with the cost of living.
Angela Hannibal, founder of the group, added: “I’m still in disbelief and lost for words after receiving the news we were successful for funding from the Asda Foundation, this means so much to us! We are here to offer interim help for those with mental ill health, as there is currently a long wait list. We hope this will cut down the suicide rate, as this is very high in Harlow. We want to continue helping people in the current crisis and offer somewhere safe to come to and feel part of the community.
"This grant will enable us to expand and grow our community space to make it more inclusive, bigger and better. We will have a bigger building and outdoor space, meaning that we will be able to help so many more people in the community.
"This money means we can improve the quality of the service we offer and create a more inviting and accessible space for the local people who use it. We will have a secure garden for families to come together, as many have no outside space. This grant also future proofs our work so we can continue to offer our services long into the future. Thank you for making this possible."
Gemma Dennis, community champion at Asda Harlow, said: “I was thrilled to be able to present this amazing group with Asda Foundation funding, it was a great moment and I will never forget it. This group is already a huge benefit to people in our town, this funding to help create a permanent base will have a massive impact on our community and mean even more groups and activities can use the new space!
Some of our recent fundraisers
Please can you help? We are based in Harlow and currently have a small wellbeing hub in Paringdon sports club. We are looking to expand and have been offered space through Harlow council. Unfortunately, the space needs extensive works, which we need to fund. It is looking to be in the region of £60-80K. So, we are currently looking for funding/sponsors to make this possible. Or help/support to spread the word of what we are trying to achieve. We lost mum to suicide in March 2020, just before the lockdown and it made me realise how little help there actually is out there for people in this situation. She was on life support for 5 days and in this time, I vowed to set something up in ger name, to help others.
Butterfly effect wellbeing is a non-judgemental group that offers space to listen, accept, encourage and support those that need it. We have a hub to offer space daily, holding a variety of groups to help those with mental ill health, we also hold space for people that are suicidal or having suicidal thoughts. We hold, social support groups 4 times a week, meditation, sound therapy, sing a long, movie nights, craft groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, cooking on a budget, warm space, chakra dancing, baby and me sessions, walking groups, chair yoga, children’s craft groups, children’s support groups, chill n chat for teenagers, community days.
This project will enable us to grow our community space to make it more inclusive, bigger and better. This will be achieved by having a bigger building and outdoor space, meaning that we can welcome even more people to our space. By having this opportunity, we will be able to future-proof our work and continue to offer our services long into the future, with a 20-year lease. With this building we will be able to hold multiple different groups as we will have more space to do so.
This project will enable us to expand and help so many more people in the community. The combination of project works outlined will all contribute to improving the quality of service that we offer to all local people that use our space. With the bigger space, catered more to the needs of the groups, our position for further grant applications is strengthened. By having the outside space, it will be more inviting and accessible. The location is more central and assessable to users, also it is very near a centre we help that is used by those suffering from mental ill health.
Please see link to a video we made.
Lots of fun at our groups and out and about.
This is our current timetable at the hub at Paringdon Sports club, Harlow. We also have spiritual workshops monthly, teaching weekends for Reiki and Crystal healing.
Come join us for an evening of evidential mediumship with Dawn Foley. Tea/coffee and snacks included in ticket price. Please follow link to book. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/716659767657?aff=oddtdtcreator
Come join us for the last fair of the year. Lots of Christmas themed gifts to purchase.
MAY TRIGGER. READ WITH CAUTION
I wanted to share my story to hopefully help others. My name is Angie and I am the founder of Butterfly Effect WELLbeing. We are currently running a number of groups to help people on a mental and social aspect. People may need professional help on a one-to-one basis, but in the interim I am hoping we can help and fill that much needed gap.
Mum suffered from mental ill health for over 20 years. During this time, she had been an inpatient of the Derwent centre at Harlow Hospital several times. In October 2017, she was on a downward spiral and I had contacted the crisis team on several occasions. I called my mum every morning and, on that morning, she was not answering. I continued trying repeatedly, by this time I knew something was wrong. Eventually someone answered the phone, it was the transport police at Harlow Town train station. Thankfully on this occasion they had noticed that mum was not in the right frame of mind and managed to save her from hurting herself. She was then taken to hospital for treatment, which included electric shock treatment at the Linden centre Chelmsford.
Mum was well enough to come home, we had some good times, but her demons kept finding a way to creep back and she also had some very dark days.
Mum had a routine GP appointment February 2020 to discuss her repeat prescription. She was under the mental health team for her psychiatric medication but was on routine medication from the GP. Mum mentioned that she was feeling very anxious, the GP changed her psychiatric medication quite dramatically, she then went on a bit of a downward spiral. I contacted the mental health team and managed to speak to the psychiatrist assigned to her, who was understandably quite concerned that the medication had been changed. He then wrote a prescription for mum to go back onto the original medication. I expressed my concerns, as she was in an unbelievably bad way at this time. She then started back on the old dose and she seemed to slightly improve. Mum had been staying at my dad’s, they were separated, but got on. The morning of 9th March 2020 mum had got up taken her medication and packed her over night bag to go home and had eaten breakfast. Dad took the dog for a walk before taking mum home. On his return, he came in to find mum hanging from the banister. He got her down called an ambulance and performed CPR, until the ambulance came. Again, that morning I had been ringing and ringing, eventually dad answered the phone and gave me the devastating news, I then got to his as soon as I could. The ambulance crew did all they could, but she had to be put on life support and after the scan results had come through after the 72hrs you have to wait. It was bad news and mum had suffered extensive damage. Mum was a donor, so then we had to go through the process, and this took another day. Mum was able to donate some organs and tissues, which gave me some comfort, that she was able to help others.
If someone had listened to my concerns and taken her into hospital while she was adjusting to her tablets again, she may still be here.
I am hearing of the same devasting stories, like ours nearly on a daily basis, it seems at the moment! Do we need to be actively about to take our lives to be heard? More needs to done. I have since found out that there are organisations locally that I did not know about, I am in the process of adding these to the website, also a folder to be kept at the hub. Please reach out for help. You may feel as if there is no way out at the moment, but I can assure you that you can get through this with help and love of others. Do not suffer in silence.
Since we opened our doors at the hub in 30th August 2022, we have had a number of people presenting as suicidal, which thankfully, we have been able to help. We also have people who self harm and have not been out for months on end. They feel safe with us and most importantly heard as the individual, that they are. Each person that comes through the door is looked after as if they were family. This is the difference we want to make and hope to continually grow to accommodate as many as we can.
Services We Offer
How We Can Help
At Butterfly effect wellbeing, we strive to satisfy all our clients needs by providing them with comprehensive and high quality services. Each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of activities or treatments to help them find wellness. Our client list is constantly expanding, which allows us to add more and better offerings to help our valued customers find the well-being that they strive. Continue reading for further information about our services.
At Butterfly effect wellbeing, we aim to provide quality and comprehensive health and wellness services in order to help all of our clients reach an overall state of well-being in both body and mind. We invite you to open your heart and mind to the exciting prospects and possibilities that we have in store for you.
Always available for those in need, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our upmost to help.
We are now holding SOB meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Pleae contact me for details.
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