We all know that getting outside for a walk is great for both our physical and mental well-being, but did you know that having a good belly-laugh can provide another boost to wellness? We’re supporting Solent Mind as our corporate charity, raising funds to support better mental health, so the prospect of a charity comedy gig with a map theme during #NationalMapReadingWeek was irresistible.
Comedy performer Helen Wood came to our attention this summer, when she was performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as Helen’s show explored one of her passions, OS maps. The eight performances of ‘The OS Map Fan Club’, were sold out at Edinburgh.
Helen is performing her solo show at our Southampton head office on Monday 16 October at 7pm. Space is limited, so booking is necessary, and attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 on the night to gain access. To reserve your place email email@example.com.
After a sold-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe The OS Map Fan Club is coming to our Southampton head office to help launch National Map Reading Week and raise money for Solent Mind. The performance will be held on Monday October 16 at 7 pm. Space is limited, so booking is essential, and attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 on the night to gain access. To reserve your place email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
The OS Map Fan Club is a solo, comedy show written and performed by OS enthusiast Helen Wood, and is a humorous exploration of the much loved, fold-out, paper map.
In this fast-paced, entertaining show Helen leads the audience on a virtual ramble using sheet 168 Explorer Map of Stroud, Tetbury and Malmesbury. Along the way she weaves together fascinating facts about locations, maps and rambling with amusing autobiographical stories and sketches.
Helen is determined that by the end of the show all audience members will be card-carrying, badge wearing O.S. map fanatics.
‘Joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values’
‘Helen Wood is a warm and engaging performer who entertains the audience with her fun and touching show’
West End Wilma
‘If you like walking, this is a great way to spend an hour’
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We’re now in our second year of supporting Solent Mind as our corporate charity. Most people will know at least one person who has suffered from poor mental health and Solent Mind provide an extremely important service to local people, close to our head office in Southampton.
We’re all trying to raise as much as possible to make changes to the lives of those suffering with mental illness and those family and friends supporting them. As a business which is keen to encourage physical and mental health, we’ve supported our own #GetOutside messaging and many staff have taken part in football tournaments and marathons. Our OS Runners raised over £1,000 running a relay marathon from London to Cardiff earlier this year. Plus, OS participants completed the London Marathon, and we have people taking part in the Great South Run later this year.
This weekend, our CEO Nigel Clifford and his daughter Caitlin will be taking part in the Great North Run, helping to raise more awareness of mental health issues and fundraise for Solent Mind. You can find out more about Nigel and support his challenge on JustGiving.
Using a wide range of techniques, our talented Craft Club have created a fantastic Great British Craftography Map, and we’re putting it up for auction to raise money for Solent Mind, our corporate charity. The crafty individuals recreated the Ordnance Survey National Grid into a 2.2m by 1.2m wall hanging. And you can now bid for the unique, mappy piece of art in an online charity auction.
We’re at Solent Mind‘s Eastleigh Wellbeing Centre today to officially open their newly-refurbished training room, with our CEO Nigel Clifford and Solent Mind CEO Kevin Gardner on hand to cut the ribbon. A fantastic team of OS volunteers had donned their decorating overalls to transform the once dull room into a clean, energising environment which can now be used by staff, volunteers, and service users.
As part of the makeover our team not only decorated the room but helped install new blinds, carpet, furniture, storage and artwork including a creative finger print painting from OS staff. The room wouldn’t have been complete without a map, so one of the final touches came when the team hung an OS Custom Made map canvas centred on the building.
We launched The Great British Colouring Map with our publishers Laurence King last week and have been thrilled with all of the lovely things you’ve been saying about it. As well as being beautiful to look at (we would say that), the #GBColouringMap can actually have health benefits, as colouring has strong links to mindfulness.
Our corporate charity, Solent Mind, run regular art therapy sessions at their wellbeing centres. Users of their service can draw, paint, colour and tap into the relaxation benefits. Neil Wilson at Solent Mind said:
Colouring is a simple and effective way to calm the mind and occupy the hands – it’s a wonderful option for creating a state of peace. This gentle activity where you choose the colours and take your own time to create your picture, can help focus the mind on the present, and promote wellbeing, blocking out negative thoughts.
Former Southampton FC legend Francis Benali is now over half-way through his amazing challenge to visit all 44 Premier League and Championship grounds in 14 days. As you read this he will have visited 26 stadiums and covered 800 gruelling miles all in aid of raising £1 million for Cancer Research UK.
Each year everyone at OS has the chance to nominate, and then vote for, a corporate charity which the organisation then supports for the next 12 months. This year we selected Solent Mind, local to our Southampton head office, as the corporate charity, and fundraising is already underway. In addition, our regional field teams can nominate and support a charity local to them. Each of us also has the opportunity to take a volunteer day, to support our corporate charity, or any other charity of our choice.
This year, we’ve already seen a wide range of activities as teams and individuals get involved in fundraising activities, or taking their volunteer days to give something back to local communities. Take a look at some of the recent activities:
Last month a team of 10 Scottish Region surveyors cycled from Bowling to Grangemouth, 35 miles, along the Forth Clyde Canal towpath. The team were fundraising for Scottish Mountain Rescue and Cancer Research UK.
Each year everyone at Ordnance Survey has the chance to nominate, and vote for the corporate charity to support and put all of our fund-raising efforts into. This year we are supporting Southampton Women’s Aid a charity which provides help and assistance to families affected by domestic abuse. We carry out a range of fund-raising activities each year – from cake sales to football tournaments and much more in between.
On the weekend of 26–27 July a team of five, which included four Ordnance Survey runners – Matt White, Viv Alexander, Matt Pillinger and James Clarke – plus James’ wife Vicki, took part in the Adidas Thunder Run 24-hour relay race to raise money for Southampton Women’s Aid. Also with us was ‘team manager’ Dennis Alexander who was to play an invaluable role in keeping us organised and healthy in mind and body over the weekend! The race starts at 12 noon on Saturday and continues through the night with each of the team running 10km laps in turn for 24 hours or until we dropped!