Vale of Clwyd Mind - Background Information
Vale of Clwyd Mind began in the 1980’s as a small local Mind association affiliated to national Mind. In its early years it was a small support group, raising funds by raffles and jumble sales to augment small council grants.
Following the closure of the old North Wales Hospital for Nervous and Mental Disorders, the charity was asked to develop Y Gelli in Denbigh — a listed building with the capacity to provide self contained flats and 24 hour support for around 10 people which opened its doors in 1990. Since then VOCM has developed several places of safe accommodation in Rhyl.
The organisation now has offices in Y Gelli and Rosemary Lane in Denbigh and at Bedford Street in Rhyl.
Over the years the organisation has organised a number of successful initiatives including substantial support for rural communities throughout Denbighshire. It currently has regular weekly drops-ins at Denbigh, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Ruthin, Corwen and Llangollen.
Successful current projects include Musical Meat balls in Mind, Mindfulness Walking Groups, art and craft activities and a healthy living cookery course.
The organisation raises the profile of mental health issues through ‘Doris’ a custom built exhibition vehicle which tours local shows and agricultural events throughout the county. It also provides counselling, signposting and information as well as a wide range of training programmes on mental health issues.
For further information on the organisation’s wide range of activities visit its website : www.valeofclwydmind.org.uk
With the current increase in the popularity of gin and the ever growing numbers of craft gins on the market, it is interesting to note that the London dry gin Bombay Sapphire uses purified water from Lake Vyrnwy to bring the strength down to 40%. The flavouring of the drink comes from a recipe of ten ingredients:- almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb and grains of paradise. The spirit is triple distilled and the alcohol vapours are passed through a mesh containing the ten botanicals in order to gain flavour and aroma.
But it is not only Gin that has a Welsh connection - Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey might never have been invented had it not been for Welshman Joseph “Job” Daniel from Aberystwyth who emigrated to America in the 18th century. His grandson, Jack, a local Lutheran minister who ran a store in Lynchburg, also operated a whiskey still on the nearby Louse river where he picked up the art of distilling which led him to create the famous brand