Quay Place

Quay Place brings together wellbeing and heritage by offering a range of therapies, classes and trainings. The venue is also available for room hire and wedding receptions.

01473 569696 • www.quayplace.co.uk • Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ

Events in March 2018

Learn to Speak Childish
Thursday 22nd March, 6pm – 7.30pm
If you’d like to better understand your children’s behaviour and communicate better, come along to this free session.

Easter Family Fun Day
Friday 30th March, 10.30am – 2.30pm
Free activity day for families on Good Friday, including an Easter trail, crafts and a homemade Easter Bonnet competition.

Wedding Receptions at Quay Place

Looking for a great venue to hold your wedding reception? We have a dedicated team & wonderful wedding packages. For more details call 01473 917795.

Regular Groups at Quay Place

Poppy Craft
Mondays, 10am – 12pm
Join our free group to make 2,018 poppies to commemorate Armistice Day on 11th November 2018.

Sporting Memories
Mondays 10.30am – 12pm
This free group brings together anyone over the age of 50 to talk about sport.

Colouring Group
Mondays, 2pm – 4pm
If you like colouring and find it difficult to get started, come join our free group.

Craft Group
Wednesdays, 1pm – 3pm
Make and do something new alongside others at this free event.

Suffolk Mind

Mental Health Charity, Suffolk Mind, has a range of opportunities to get involved; from fundraising, becoming a friend, or volunteering. Visit suffolkmind.org.uk

Volunteering Opportunities

Research Administrator
This role is based in Felixstowe or Ipswich and includes assisting the Research Co-ordinator with administration.

Fundraising Events Volunteer
Based in Felixstowe, you could be part of our fundraising team helping with admin, event planning and preparation.

Reception Volunteer
Based in Bury St Edmunds, you will be the first point of contact for Suffolk Mind. You will answer calls and greet visitors.

Children’s Activity Helpers
This role will include helping to run and set up a children’s activity area and engaging children in activities at Quay Place in Ipswich whilst parents and carers relax.

Get Fundraising

Are you organising an event or taking part in a sponsored challenge and would like to raise money for Suffolk Mind? If so, we would love to hear from you - email carole.thain@suffolkmind.org.uk or call us on 01394 330823.

Become a Friend of Suffolk Mind

Join our free network and receive information, help and support to make your own mental health a priority, and create a life that meets your needs. For more information email, friends@suffolkmind.org.uk

To apply for a volunteering role, or for more information, email Corrina.Hanley@suffolkmind.org.uk

The Emotional Need of Respect

Written By Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Each month at Suffolk Mind and our wellbeing centre, Quay Place in Ipswich, we focus on an emotional or physical need. Just as we have physical needs for food, drink, sleep and movement, we have emotional needs too which need to be met for us to stay well. The month of March is all about Respect.

It feels great when we are valued by the people around us, but meeting the need to feel respected is about more than lifting our mood. When people show us genuine respect, it tells us something important about ourselves and how we fit into the world around us. When we don’t feel that we are respected it can have a negative effect on our self-esteem. But giving and receiving real respect is about more than platitudes – so how do we tell the difference?   

How do we know that we are really respected? 

We know when the praise we receive doesn’t ring true. It might be nice to be told how wonderful we are, but if it doesn’t match the way we are treated the effect soon wears off!

Instead, making sure that we acknowledge the things which people do for us lets them know that we really value them and that they are not taken for granted. Taking the time to tell somebody, “your help and support really made a difference to me, so thank you,” is an important part of nurturing healthy relationships.

Be careful what you praise

Children, too, know when the feedback they receive is genuine, and researchers have shown that what we praise is as important as how we praise.

When children who successfully solve problems in a classroom are told that they are intelligent, they give up more quickly when given a follow task which is too difficult. By contrast, children who are praised for the effort they put into a task, keep going even when faced with tasks which demand more than they are usually capable of.

One lesson is that if we show children – and adults too! - respect for what they do, it encourages them to do more of the same and to keep growing.       

Respect shapes our sense of self

Having a healthy sense of self enables us to know our own mind; make our own life choices; stand up for ourselves; and to be resilient in the face of adversity.  According to psychologists, our sense of self is partly shaped by the respect other people show us – a good reason to be careful about what we respect and how we show respect too!

Want to learn more about how the language of respect can help children’s emotional wellbeing? Quay Place welcomes everyone at its free events like the ‘Learn to Speak Childish’ evening on Thursday 22nd March 2018. Why not come along?