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The Purple Sunflower Project

Restart a Heart Project
Improving Mental Health Wales Project
Beat the Barrage Project
Green Garden Project

The Purple Sunflower Project

About this project

The Purple Sunflower Project was launched in the community of Maesteg in the Welsh Valleys. The project will deliver mental health workshops and training that will benefit the people of Maesteg and its surrounding areas.

The Purple Sunflower Project has been put together by The Ajuda Foundation and its volunteers. The project is mainly funded by money raised from The Trudy Williams Memorial fund.

The Trudy Williams Memorial fund was set up after our friend and colleague, Trudy tragically lost her life in a car accident on the 10th August 2022. Trudy was born and raised in Maesteg and was a big advocate for helping others and promoting positive mental health.

This legacy project will not only benefit the people of Maesteg, but, with more funds we can also help raise awareness of mental health through our online webinars and harder to reach communities
throughout the Welsh Valleys.

How the money will be spent

The funds will go towards raising awareness of mental health topics throughout Wales.

Trudy Williams

On the 10th August 2022, we lost our dear friend and colleague Trudy in a fatal car accident, Trudy was a fundamental part of setting up The Ajuda Foundation.

We want to ensure that her name is honored for many years to come in our work here at The Ajuda Foundation, so we have set up The Trudy Williams Memorial Fund. 100% of all money raised via this fund will be put back into the town of Maesteg where it will benefit the people where Trudy was raised and where her heart truly belonged.

We also have The Trudy Williams special recognition award held at the annual Mental Health and Wellbeing Wales Awards.

Trudy was so passionate about Mental Health; she would go out of her way to ensure people were ok.

She was a keen runner and every year she would take part in races to raise money for the mental health charity Mind. People would often ring our office asking for help and advice with their Mental Health and Trudy would quickly go through her list of advice and support contacts and give them details of the right person or organisations. She would then come off the telephone and cry because she wondered if they would be ok.

This is just one example of how much she cared about people. Trudy genuinely cared about everyone she met, and I truly believe that she made us all better people just by being herself.

Restart a Heart Project

About this project

The Restart a Heart Project will be launched in the Community of Fairwater in Cardiff. The project will deliver CPR & Defib Workshops and training that will benefit the people of Fairwater and its surrounding areas.

The Restart a Heart Project has been put together by The Ajuda Foundation and its volunteers. The project is mainly funded by money raised from The David Hill Memorial fund.

The David Hill Memorial fund was set up by David’s Family after Dave, otherwise known to many as “Hilly” tragically lost his life after a sudden cardiac arrest, on the 18th July 2022. Hilly was born and raised in Grangetown, Cardiff and later moved to Fairwater where he lived with his wife Deb’s.

A loving father to his sons Rhys and Nathan and stepchildren Stacy, Amy, Cameron, Jack & Connor. Dave was also a loving grandad to 5 grandchildren, Jacob, Madison, Kaitlyn, Scarlett & Reuben.

He spent most of his working life as a lifeguard training in CPR & Defib, so he was equipped to save the life of many others.

Hilly was a much-loved friend of all those who met him, and a valued member of the local community. He always went out of his way to help others, and now we want to use his legacy to do exactly that. The Restart a Heart Project will train children & adults in CPR and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

How the money will be spent

The aim of this project is to create an Army of “Hilly’s Heroes” and educate people to save lives by learning vital CPR skills, along with the safe use of an AED. This legacy project will not only benefit the
people of Fairwater, but with more funds, we can also help raise awareness of early CPR and the use of an AED throughout Cardiff and its surrounding areas.

Improving Mental Health Wales Project

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About this project

This project is all about our free webinars.

The Improving Wales Project is funded by The National Lottery. The project runs monthly webinars, that provide inspirational speakers delivering positive talks with lived experience of mental illness, resources and information to help provide knowledge and understanding around mental illness.

This project makes a massive difference in the lives of many people in Wales and beyond, who otherwise would not be able to access the information they require in order to help tackle their mental illness.

We started delivering the mental health webinars at the start of the first Covid19 lockdown. We quickly realised people needed this service as we were getting between 400 – 800 people attend every single month and are still receiving heavy numbers well past the Covid 19 crisis.

Subjects that we have covered so far are:

• Improving your Wellness & Wellbeing
• Children’s mental health
• Eating disorders
• Workplace wellbeing
• Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Mental Health
• How to start a conversation with someone with a mental illness
• Suicide Awareness & prevention
• Addiction awareness
• Tackling loneliness
• Dealing with grief

The difference participants gain attending these webinars are immense. People have gone on to say they have even saved a life, one man told us following our webinar he realized that his wife was suffering with depression, and now has the information and resources to help her.

Beat the Barrage Project

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About this project

This project is a walk and talk event. It is designed to help people suffering with mental health. Our annual walk across the barrage will take place every year. The 2023 date will be confirmed shortly.

Walking is a simple, low-impact form of exercise that can provide many mental health benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, boosting mood, enhancing cognitive function, providing a sense of accomplishment, improving sleep, and mental clarity.

Green Garden Project

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About this project

The Green Garden Project has been developed by our volunteers for the people of Splott, Cardiff. Gardening can be relaxing and has been found to have several positive effects on mental health including reducing stress and anxiety.

Being in nature and participating in activities such as weeding, watering, or pruning can be distracting to everyday life and have a calming effect on you. Gardening is also know to improve your mood, and give you a feeling of happiness. Gardening is also a great form of exercise which can improve your overall health, exercise also helps reduce depression and anxiety too.

The Green Garden Project will provide a range of mental health benefits. One, you will belong to a community that will encourage mindfulness, physical activity, and help to reduce stress in all participants.

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