As 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the highs and lows of the last year, and look forward into 2018 and the exciting things that we have coming up!
Do you want to help people with OCD or BDD fight for their rights? With flexible volunteering hours, full training and guidance, and the opportunity to learn new skills and expertise - the Advocacy Volunteer role could be for you!
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on the past year at OCD Action. The Charity has been working hard to improve and grow our support services for people affected by OCD and related disorders, and to increase the profile of OCD and mental health amongst the general public, service providers and health professionals.
It may only be November, but the festive season is creeping up on us (whether we like it or not!), and you might even be starting to think about about stocking up on cards to send to family and friends.
At OCD Action, we want to ensure our services are reaching as many people affected by OCD as possible. The launch of our online support groups back in November 2013 allowed us to reach out to those who may not be able to access support locally. The existing eight online groups have proved extremely popular, with people from all over the world attending. Taking into consideration valuable feedback from our service users, the Even Better Together team are now pleased to announce that they will be launching two new online support groups in October:
In the last few years, we have seen a huge increase in people taking on fundraising challenges to raise money for OCD Action and raise awareness of OCD. They are such an integral part of our team, and without their support and dedication, we could not carry out the work we do.
A few months ago, OCD Action were delighted to be awarded three years funding from the Big Lottery Fund, to expand our Better Together Project so it's Even Better Together. As the demand for support groups continues to increase, Keira and the EBT team have been working hard to support the growth of the network of independent support groups, both locally and online. The Big Lottery funding has allowed us to be able to better meet this demand, by expanding the team directly working on the project.
OCD Action's Advocacy Service is the only one of its kind in the country. Despite being just over five years old, our dedicated team of volunteers, led by our Advocacy Manager and Lead Advocate, have dealt with over 500 cases in that short time, supporting and empowering clients to regain control and secure their rights. We think this is pretty impressive work for such a small team, and believe this work needs to be recognised and celebrated.
At OCD Action, we strive to ensure our support services are user friendly, and one way we thought could strongly improve accessibility on our website was by adding a piece of software that would offer reading, speech and translation tools to support our site visitors. So without further ado, we are very pleased to tell you about Browsealoud.
You may have recently noticed a small orange button in the bottom right hand corner of our website screen; this button will activate Browsealoud.
We are half way through 2016 and what an exciting year it has been so far for OCD Action. The demand for our services is higher than ever; this signifies that awareness of OCD is improving, and people are reaching out and seeking the help they deserve.
We also have an exciting opportunity that we can’t wait to share with you.