Launch evening success for new local suicide prevention charity, The Horizon Project

The launch of a new suicide prevention charity in Norwich took place at St Giles House Hotel on Thursday 9th December, 6pm-8pm. ‘The Horizon Project’ is a new charity specifically geared towards helping suicide prevention in Norwich.

Charity founder, Sally Taylor, said:

“It’s fair to say, I found the whole evening overwhelming and heart warming – it was incredible!

Thanks to all our guests for attending and showing their support and enthusiasm for a much needed service. The speeches were so heartfelt and powerful; Myself, and many in the room, were humbled by the personal stories and willingness of the speakers to share their experiences. One attendee commented that the room felt ‘safe’ and that’s precisely the environment that I try and create for my clients.

It’s amazing what can be achieved when people who share the same passion come together.”

Danny Kett who has been running Norfolk’s Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit for almost a year and is the Behavioural Insights Lead for the Department for Local Policing, Norfolk Constabulary, commented:

“Counselling is not always the answer for everyone, but for some it is. I think about the work that I have seen Sally do, with some of the most vulnerable and desperate people in society. A few years back I had the honour of working in a team with Sally who was supporting substance dependant offenders. I saw her integrated approach – both supportive and challenging – brought about changes in people who had been stuck in a cycle of offending, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and victimisation all their lives. People who had been physically and sexually abused as children, neglected, undervalued and unloved, to the point that they had no love even for themselves. I don’t know what Sally said to people in the therapy room but over time, I saw the difference in them when they were out of that room.

When Sally told me she was calling this charity The Horizon Project, I thought that’s perfect. Let’s give those people in pain, in despair, in desperation, hope. Give them more than one last horizon, offer them future horizons, today’s, tomorrow’s, next week’s, next year’s. Let them have a life of horizons; some will be dark, cold and miserable, but many can be gloriously beautiful, warm and colourful.”

Special thanks

Sally adds:

“Thank you to all our lovely speakers who shared their personal stories and experiences: Danny Kett, Behavioural Insights Lead for the Department for Local Policing, Norfolk Constabulary; Steve Maddams, NARS First Responder; Charlie Hodson, renowned local chef, Patron of TACT & The Queen Elisabeth Hospital, Ambassador of Hospitality Action; Dr Gorrod, retired Norfolk GP, Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiator, Ambassador for Norfolk and Waveney MIND and UEA lecturer; plus two other special local speakers.

Thank you to St Giles House Hotel for proving such a lovely venue, the Walnut suite, at no cost, and to Jade for being so accommodating. To KH Digital, who not only managed to turn around the business cards and banners so quickly, but who are very generously building the Horizon Project website at no cost.

Thank you to Jane Rodger for arranging the delicious, freshly made, mince pies from Merv’s Kitchen in Wymondham, and the goody bags.”

 

Suicide Prevention Charity in Norwich

The Horizon Project charity founder, Sally Taylor and Danny Kett, Behavioural Insights Lead for the Department for Local Policing

The Horizon Project charity founder, Sally Taylor and Danny Kett, Behavioural Insights Lead for the Department for Local Policing

Suicide Prevention Charity in Norwich

Steve Maddams, NARS First Responder

Steve Maddams, NARS First Responder

Suicide Prevention Charity in Norwich

Charlie Hodson, renowned local chef, Patron of TACT

Charlie Hodson, renowned local chef, Patron of TACT

Suicide Prevention Charity in Norwich

Dr Gorrod, retired Norfolk GP, Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiator, Ambassador for Norfolk and Waveney MIND and UEA lecturer

Dr Gorrod, retired Norfolk GP, Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiator, Ambassador for Norfolk and Waveney MIND and UEA lecturer

 

How much was raised?

We are immensely grateful to everyone who has donated so far and the generosity shown. The charity event raised £255, with a further commitment of £1000 from Union Lodge, and £5000 from another local donor.

What happens next?

We will be having a meeting with Norfolk Police and other emergency services, in January, to work out the finer details and processes for referring clients. We will hold a governance meeting around how the organisation will look in practice so that we reach local people in crisis without delay. We hope to update all those interested in the new service once key decisions have been made.

How to get involved

If you would like to donate and help prevent suicide in Norwich, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thehorizonproject

If you would like to get involved with The Horizon Project, please email info@thehorizonproject.org.uk. Perhaps you would like to volunteer, or if you are a BACP registered integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor with experience of working with suicide and complex trauma please contact us regarding new positions.

 

Suicide Prevention Charity in Norwich

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