At Wagada we are passionate about supporting others and we feel that it is important to give our help and guidance to the not for profit sector within our local community. We find it really rewarding to work with charities and to utilise our marketing skills to help drive brand awareness and fundraising initiatives. Therefore we are delighted to announce that we are now working with The OLLIE Foundation a new local St Albans based charity.

The OLLIE Foundation was set up by one of our suppliers and networking connections Stuart Falconer whose son tragically took his own life in 2015. We are delighted to help support him and the other founders in working hard to ensure others don’t suffer the same life-changing loss. The name of the charity stands for One Life Lost Is Enough. The aim is to raise vital funds to deliver safeTALK Training to adults working with teenagers. This half day programme will help Teachers, Club managers and Health workers for example, identify warning signs that the young people in their care are struggling with mental health issues. The objective being they will have the skills and resources to open up a conversation, offer valuable support and sign post that child to the care they need.

The Ollie Foundation will also deliver a two day in-depth ASIST training programme. This stands for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and will give a more in-depth understanding of how to help vulnerable young people.

Whilst organising training will be the primary aim The Ollie Foundation it will also be working hard to remove the stigma of suicide and increase general awareness of the channels available to support families within our Hertfordshire community. This is where Wagada will be able to help by working on the Marketing Committee to promote events, share information and drive positive social media engagement.

If you’d like to find out more about OLLIE you can visit http://www.theolliefoundation.org/. The fund raising events calendar is filling up fast so it would be great if you could join us at an event. If you are able to help by donating raffle prizes or experiences or products to auction then please email contactUs@TheOLLIEFoundation.org