Our Gobaith (Barri) fight to see a Suicide Support Centre in our town is still as as strong as ever.
Rachel, was compelled to act after the suicide of her own boy – followed by ten young people in Barry taking their own lives within the couple of years that followed.
Rachel had originally intended to register Gobaith (Barri) as a Charity and run the Centre herself. But following a battle with breast cancer has now handed the reins, and the near £6,000 funds raised, over to Barry Community Support Centre.
This is a Community Interest Company CIC) run by Tammi Owen who is calling on our community for their help. She wants to set up a Hub where people and families are able to access support and help under one roof. It will also provide activities , meeting places and a place just to sit and have a coffee and a chat.
The Gobaith (Barri) Suicide Support strand will, of course, be very much part of this.
The Centre is for the community, and run by the community. And is aiming to be open late in the evening and weekends to help people who work or in school.
Tammi said: “Many people will know that I’ve been working and supporting the people of Barry for 30 years.
I’ve worked for the CAB, Women’s Aid, Mental Health , Social Services to name a few and I’ve donated free private counselling hours to help the people who needed to talk.
I’ve worked tirelessly for my community and now I’m calling on my community to help me fund a building and to set up services for the people of Barry. “
Our Rachel is still very much part of the team though and will continue arranging Gobaith fundraisers.
She is also very much part of the Barry Community Support Centre and will be taking pride of place at their next big night out.
“I know we can do this, this is a direct call to action,” Tammi added.
If you would like to help fund the Centre by putting on an event or helping them raise money please contact Tammi Owen direct firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist.
She blogs about all things Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a quirky, and queer, local girl done good.