22 June 2017
Belfast Solicitor’s Association (BSA) in the Saddle for charity cycle
Release provided by Inspire, the new name for Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health)
On June 18th over 20 intrepid members of Belfast Solicitor’s Association (BSA) took to their bikes to support their charity partner - Inspire. Their first “cycle for wellbeing” challenge was the 100 kilometre NDCC Coastal Challenge.
Steven Millar from Culbert-Martin Solicitors said "I was delighted to get involved in this cycle ride to support Inspire and the vital work it does to support mental health in our communities. The cycle ride itself was quite a challenge and all our riders have varying levels of experience but we were all supporting each other along the way. To say it was a hot day would be an understatement but we all made it home safely and raised over £2,000 along the way.”
Nuala Dalcz, Director of External Affairs for Inspire offered her thanks, “The whole BSA team have been so supportive in terms of raising awareness of mental health and, with events like this cycle, raising money for our services. Inspire provides mental health, addiction and learning disability support services across Northern Ireland and helps thousands of people every week. To see the 20-strong BSA peloton completing such an immense challenge is fantastic.”
Through the cycle, the BSA aimed not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness about mental health.
Eoghan McKenna, Chair of Belfast Solicitors’ Association, added “We in BSA are dedicated to playing our part in breaking down the stigma around mental illness. Partnering with Inspire we want to encourage people to look after their mental health and, through events like last weekend’s cycle for wellbeing, raise the profile of this important cause.”
Inspire, the new name for Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), is a long established local charity and social enterprise that delivers a range of wellbeing services across Northern Ireland. We focus on promoting wellbeing for all through our mental health, professional wellbeing, addiction and disability services. More recently, we have expanded our range of supports across the island of Ireland and into the rest of the United Kingdom.
Inspire Mental Health, formerly known as Beacon provides a wide range of recovery-orientated services to people with experience of mental ill-health through supported housing, community wellbeing services and advocacy services, floating support and a number of specific wellbeing projects.
Inspire Workplaces, Inspire Students and Inspire Knowledge & Leadership, the new name for Carecall and EAP Consultants provides therapeutic support through workplace-based wellbeing services such as employee assistance programmes (EAP) and counselling, and training and preventative services in a wide variety of contexts including schools, colleges and workplaces throughout the UK and Ireland.
Inspire Disability Services, previously known as Inspire Wellbeing provides support for adults with learning/intellectual disabilities and/or complex needs in a number of residential locations throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Addiction NI is the leading alcohol and drug treatment charity in NI with over 38 years’ experience of delivering services to individuals affected by theirs or someone else’s alcohol and/or drug use across Northern Ireland, they joined the Inspire group at the start of July 2016.
Inspire also actively campaigns and lobbies to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing-related issues including through its partnership anti-stigma campaign delivered with the Public Health Agency (NI) known as Change Your Mind.