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Clarke Carlisle and Monica Shafaq prepare to cut the cake

STAFF, service users, stakeholders and soccer stars helped us celebrate our 40thAnniversary in style.

To commemorate the momentous occasion we produced a Commemorative Brochure, a specially-commissioned film as well as launching a Facebook App based on the Five To Wellbeing.

We were joined by former PFA Chairman and ex-Premier League footballer Clarke Carlisle for the special event.

The former QPR and Leeds Utd star, recently presented a BBC documentary titled ‘Footballs Suicide Secret’ where he admitted his own battle with mental illness.

Carlisle expressed his delight at being invited to the event, he said: “Having faced my own battle with mental illness I have only praise for charities that support people battling with mental ill health.

Monica Shafaq, Clarke Carlisle, Mark Wood and Dr Ian Walton being interviewed at The Anniversary Celebration

“The Kaleidoscope Plus Group has been a leading light in this field across the West Midlands for 40 years, which is an incredible and fantastic achievement.

“From the brief time I have spent here with staff and service users today as well as during filming for the Anniversary film what has really shone through is their enthusiasm and determination to promote positive mental health and help those who need
support.

“They all seem very forward-thinking and I’m sure the future and the next 40 years will see them help many others and I can only see the charity going from strength to strength.”

The charity who were formed in the humble surroundings of a Vicarage in West Bromwich in the early 70s have grown throughout the decades.

Renowned for our superb work across the Midlands we are now keen for the journey to move
further afield in the years to come as we look to offer our  expertise to communities across
the whole of the UK.

Community Wellbeing's Rachael Thompson & Heather Lomax with Clarke Carlisle at our Anniversary Celebration

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq, said: “We are very proud of our achievements in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing over the last 40 years but we don’t plan on stopping here.

“As we set out on our next 40 years of making a difference to people’s lives, we are determined to do all that we can to support as many as people as possible who are facing challenging and difficult times.

“We are an ambitious organisation, but we are realistic too but I am confident that we have the drive, passion and perseverance to meet these challenges head on as we continue to evolve and develop as a charity and as the old saying goes ‘Life begins at 40’.”

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