Newark's Tambo Lounge supervisor to dive out of a plane for Unlock Your You mental health helpline
A restaurant worker is serving-up mental health awareness by diving out of a plane for a vital cause.
Tambo Lounge supervisor Colby Williams was key in launching a mental health helpline during the covid pandemic and is to face his fear of heights this month in its aid.
The support line is run by community interest company Unlock Your You, which Colby volunteers for, that also offers training courses — including mental health first aid.
Colby, of Newark, said as well as raising crucial funds for the support line, the skydive was also a personal challenge and opportunity to conquer a fear.
“Covid has just spiralled the whole year out of control for everyone,” he said.
“I had been furloughed and had all the time in the world. So, myself and a number of other volunteers launched the helpline.
“People have been reaching out for communities like ours for a long time and I’m pleased I could use this year to do something meaningful.
“Coronavirus added fuel to the fire in getting things going and has helped Unlock Your You grow as a business.
“I’ve been running around town telling everyone of the fundraiser, and we’ve just got a Leicestershire Morrisons involved.
“We are trying to bridge together each Morrisons around the UK.”
As volunteer business development director, Colby held video interviews all across the country to select helpline volunteers.
The support line has been run by those volunteers since April and all funds raised through the skydive will go towards its operation.
Colby said: “We are also helping our volunteers by developing their portfolios. We’ve trained them up with a Level 2 RQF-accredited mental health first aid qualification.
“It is something they can carry anywhere with them — I like to call it a qualification ladder.
“We sit down every four to six weeks on Zoom to ensure our volunteers are happy with what they are doing because it can be quite intense.”
He said some volunteers were also being trained up in Level 2 safeguarding — a qualification to become an accredited counsellor.
“People are so surprised by the service we offer, as there truly is no intervention between a bad day and ultimate crisis,” he said.
“We recognise that help for others is required now and that’s why we’ve condensed the course.
“Our hope is to aid the NHS as a helpline and that’s just one arm of what are are doing.”
He added: “Tambo have been really supportive with the helpline — being so community-led themselves — and I’m grateful to them for letting me market through their social media.”
Colby is completing the skydive on October 25 with a friend from Leicestershire.
To help, you can donate via JustGiving at buff.ly/34BbukX or fill in a sponsor form at the Tambo Lounge.
The Unlock Your You helpline is run Monday to Friday from 7am to midnight. You can contact them by calling 0800 994 9116 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more, go to www.unlockyouryou.com/ or visit @unlockyouryou on Instagram or Facebook.