Dewsbury mental health group in awards bid

THE founder of a Dewsbury mental health support group is celebrating a host of award nominations.



Stevie Oliver, who runs Take Ten, has been nominated for three individual Yorkshire Choice awards on top of the ‘Let’s make a difference’ honour


Take Ten, run by Stevie and a group of volunteers based at Dewsbury Town Hall, has also been nominated for the Yorkshire Choice local fundraiser of the year award.


Stevie, who suffers from depression and emotionally unstable personality disorder, decided to set up the group 18 months ago after a failed suicide attempt.


She says the impact that she’s seen the group make on people’s lives has been “overwhelming”.


“Coming from nothing and being somebody struggling with mental health, to all of a sudden seeing the difference that it’s making, I’ve started to realise that what I’ve developed has changed lives,” she said.


“It’s not about winning an award – if we win we win – but just to be nominated is a massive achievement for us all.”


Take Ten’s sessions run every Wednesday (10am-2.30pm) at Dewsbury Town Hall.


Voting for the Yorkshire Choice awards, which will take place at Elland Road stadium, Leeds, on March 14, is open until February 1 and people can vote for Stevie at www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/votehere.


Votes for the ‘Let’s make a difference’ award can be cast until December 20 at letsmakeadifferenceawards.co.uk.


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