In Impact Stories, Physical & mental health, wellbeing & safety, South Bucks, Wycombe

Project: Activities for cancer support group in Wycombe and South Bucks
Grant: £3,000
Fund: Comic Relief

Meet & Mingle make significant positive changes to the local community by investing time and skills into local residents, helping to build relationships between women who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to connect. This is often due to many reasons, such as cultural and language barriers.

Following the success of a cancer support group in Berkshire, which was beginning to attract a large number of women from Buckinghamshire, Meet & Mingle were awarded a grant of £3,000 in March 2018 to replicate their already successful sessions in Bucks.

The funding is being used for costs such as venue hire, course teachers and health instructors, professional talks and outdoor trips – which have proven to be a favourite with the service users.

Meet & Mingle has built up over 350 members in the last five years and the number of women that have been impacted by the work of the group is substantial. Group members have fed back that their lives have been changed for the better, they are more healthier (mentally and physically), have more confidence and have built up their self esteem and established close friendships.

The group runs on volunteers and the number of these is ever increasing, they are people who have a passion to help others and see how much of a difference the group has made to local women.

Meet & Mingle were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary service in 2017, the MBE for volunteer groups. This is a huge recognition for the group and they state it is their proudest achievement to date.