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Supporting Mental Health Week

21.05.2020
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What have you been doing to keep connected with your teammates? Teams meetings, zoom conferences, house party quizzes? On Wednesday we took it to the next level with a virtual bake off as part of one of our weekly coffee mornings (interchanged with weekly Wine Wednesdays!).

With rankings out of five, and the highest-scoring cake given the Ameo seal of approval, we had the hard task of judging between cookies, cake, rocky road, brownies and scones all handmade in the comfort of our own homes.

Whilst some of us were more aligned to the Mary Berry School of Thought and nicely-nicely approach, there were some (one of our consultants, Matt), who chose to be the Paul Hollywood of the group questioning style over substance… not that I’ve taken it personally or anything?

Here are some of our entries – which would you have ranked highest?

Ben's Scones
Scones

Mike's vegan cookies
Vegan Carrot and Date Cookies

Kim's Rocky Road bites
Rocky Road

Jo's brownies
Chocolate and Walnut Brownies

Rae's pound cake
Vegan Lemon Pound Cake

They often say that there is nothing a cup of tea (and cake!) can’t fix, and that was certainly the case on Wednesday when we put the world to rights as part of Rethink Mental Illness’ Awareness week. Aiming to shine a light on the varying degrees of mental health and wellbeing, and giving advice and support to those who need it most, Rethink’s aim is to make sure that everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life. We are all making donations to this wonderful charity, which Ameo have agreed to match – which makes the whole morning even sweeter!

With lockdown now approaching its ninth week, we used the coffee morning to open up about what we have been finding difficult and things that have helped. Recurring themes such as not seeing family and friends, limits on going to the gym and travel and queuing to do our weekly shop were widely shared, but conversely, we all found solace in spending more time with our families (in our houses!), reading new books much shorter commutes to our living rooms and home offices and our consultancy partner Mike learning to bunny-hop on his bike, were top of the list.

How have you been coping during lockdown? Are there new things you have tried that you just didn’t have time to do before?

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