Mind in Bexley – Time to Talk Fixture
To coincide with mental health charity, Mind’s Time to Talk day on Thursday 1st February, Erith Town dedicated our SCEFL Premier Division game with Welling Town FC on Saturday 3rd February to helping raise awareness of mental health in our local area with our charity partner, Mind in Bexley.
Mental health is something that everybody has, and it is vital that there are more ways we can highlight the work that charities like Mind in Bexley can do for those who at times can find themselves struggling, especially for men who unfortunately may find there is still a stigma attached to poor mental health for males. It was fantastic to meet both Andy and Matt from Mind in Bexley, who were able to provide those in attendance not only the opportunity to signpost where exactly they can receive help where they need it, but also just the chance to have a chat about how they are all feeling and the work Mind in Bexley is doing in the borough.
The club were also able to have a fantastic half-time interview with the charity on Erith Town’s official podcast, The Dockers Debate, providing the charity’s contact details on social media, their location if anyone would like to go along for some help and their opening hours if anyone needs to reach out.
On the field, Adam Woodward’s team got back to winning ways in the league, with a fantastic victory over Welling Town. Playing in front of a packed crowd of 130, which included the Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Ahmet Dourmoush and our brilliant Junior Dockers from the Under-9 Red squad being match day mascots, four goals from Ollie Milton, James Dyer (2) and Jake Lovell secured the three points in a 4-2 victory, and saw The Dockers’ push for the play-offs remain fully alive and back on track.
Speaking after the game, Head of Youth & Community, Michael Avery said, “Today has been a fantastic day for everyone connected with the club. Not just for yet another outstanding support from The Dockers’ faithful in attendance, but also the fact we were able to highlight Mind in Bexley and the phenomenal work they do. At the start of the season, Erith Town FC did not want to be just a place that people could come along and watch a game of fantastic football, but a place where people could feel like they were part of a family and could come to us for help or support if they felt they needed it. Being able to help Mind in Bexley reach out to the area is something we are proud to help and be a part of, and we hope that those who may be finding it tough with poor mental health can find the support that they need.”
The club would like to thank Mind in Bexley for being our guests on the day, and for more details, please visit www.mindinbexley.org.uk or visit @mindinbexley on your social media platforms.