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Local art gallery creates suicide awareness sculpture for OLLIE

From 1st-15th December, local art gallery Nude Tin Can is showcasing the first exhibition of Louise Gendrot aka LouZyArt. LouZy’s work is described as model making infused with hidden installations. Inspired by London grit, modern society and conceptual ideas, they are a culmination of large sculptures and hidden scenes, creating a vibrant and interesting exhibition for…
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St Albans Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards 2018 recognises OLLIE employee Verity

On Thursday 4th October some of the best of business gathers at The Noke St Albans Mecure for the revered Community Business Awards. There were 9 award categories ranging from Best Restaurant to Green Business. OLLIE’s co-ordinator (now operations manager) Verity Bramwell was shortlisted for Young Employee 2018, an award sponsored by Oaklands College. Verity…

OLLIE receives funding from The Postcode Community Trust to train Hemel secondary schools!

The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. OLLIE wanted to ensure that the state secondary schools in Hemel Hempstead were able to access OLLIE’s training, so we applied to the People’s Community Trust to remove any financial barriers so that all the state secondary schools could…

Thompson and Platinum Point’s Fine Dining for OLLIE

October 24th saw the much-awaited fine dining fundraiser for OLLIE. Local photographer Jeremy Banks teamed up with Phil Thompson from Thompson St Albans to put on a fine food experience that raised money for OLLIE. On the menu were mouth-watering scallops with pork croquettes, melt in the mouth slow roasted beef and creamy vanilla panna…

The Dolmen comes to town

Saturday 13th October Celtic Folk Rock masters The Dolmen returned to St Albans for their second gig in aid of OLLIE arranged by Steve Bedford. OLLIE volunteers Kate James and Marion Adams and Actar Dinata helped the night get off to a great start whilst enjoying The Dolmen’s tribal rhythms and spiritual renditions. The gig…

WSPD Community Meeting

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 the theme was working together, so OLLIE through a community meeting to talk about how anyone can get involved with suicide prevention. We had a brilliant turn out, three different speakers and everyone signed their interest up for training. Verity Bramwell, our operations manager, talked about her personal experiences…

[email protected] is a slam dunk

Saturday 8th September saw young and old alike gather to take part or spectate in a much-awaited basketball tournament. The tournament was raising awareness and funds for OLLIE and CLIC Sargent. The day had such a buzz to it and a festival atmosphere with the help of DJ Rocaball mixing tracks. The games were opened…

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

As we begin to approach September its important to remember that on the 10th the world will be uniting to recognise and commit to working towards suicide prevention. The theme for 2018 is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. It seems fitting therefore that OLLIE will be spending the 10th in The Luton Mall. The day…

A Fine Dining Experience to Raise Money For OLLIE

Platinum Point (PP), an award-winning business networking group kindly chose OLLIE as their charity of the year back in April 2018. The benefits of this are too many to count individually but there are two important ones we need to mention. Firstly, OLLIE will have access to the expertise of all of PP’s members free…

St Saviours Beer & Fizz Festival

Over the weekend of the 20th July St Saviours hosted their first Beer and Fizz Festival. Local residents could enjoy three days of beer, cider and fizz expertly curated by the team from Ye Olde FightingCocks. The Friday evening was opened by Counsellor and Portfolio Holder for Sport, Leisure and Heritage Annie Brewster. Annie seemed the perfect candidate for opening the…

OLLIE’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Back in March 2018 OLLIE was fortunate enough to come to the attention of Donate Today who featured OLLIE in an article all about charity. Roll forwards to June and Donate Today has had a brand new make-over. Enter Donr! Donr are connecting social enterprises with communities to inspire change. They want small to medium charities…

24h football heroes

A group of extraordinary people came together to help increase awareness and raise funds for OLLIE. They invited anyone to join them for a game of football… but for it was no ordinary game! The ‘Shaktar’ football team played for a whole 24 HOURS!! Nationwide were generous enough to support the day by sponsoring the…
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The OLLIE Foundation meets Cressida Dick

The National Finale of [email protected] 2018 took place on 17th June at The Warren. The day was raising money and more importantly awareness about donors for the ACLT Charity; a leading blood cancer charity formed in 1996 to increase the number of ethnic minorities on the UK stem cell, blood and organ donor registers. The day…
St Albans City Brass Band concert

St Albans City Brass Band raises over £200 for OLLIE

St Albans City Brass Band hosted a Royal Wedding Celebration Concert at Dagnall Street Baptist Church on 19th May and raised £241.92. The band were also joined by the Welwyn Harmony Chorus, an enthusiastic women’s chorus based in Welwyn Garden City and the only ladies’ barbershop chorus in Hertfordshire. St Albans Brass Band is a friendly…

Charity theatre night raised £1,680 for OLLIE

GREAT TICKETS LTD Charity Theatre Evening – Monday 14th May 2018 – £1,680 We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who bought tickets for their latest charity theatre evening for which sold 258 tickets across 12 different West End Shows on the above evening. For their chosen Charity – US – they sold…

Morgan Falconer Memorial Golf Day 2018

The third OLLIE Memorial Golf Day was held on 10th May at Harpenden Common Golf Club. We had 18 teams enter and 9 companies sponsor the day. We had beautiful weather for the day and the support of pros Matt Spencer and Lucy Goddard. It was a beautiful meal, fantastic raffle prizes and raised just over £3000. We want…

[email protected] comes to Hertfordshire

The national initiative [email protected] came to London Colney on Saturday 5th May. We were joined by Hertfordshire Assistant Chief Constable Bill Jephson, the St Albans Mayor, NANDOS St Albans, and 12 teams of young footballers. The twelve teams competed on the day, with Wealstone Wanderers being crowned the overall winners, beating Watford PL Kicks in…

St Albans City Brass Band Invites the Community Together for Charity

St Albans City Brass Band is hosting a Royal Wedding Celebration Concert at Dagnall Street Baptist Church on 19th May. The concert is being held in support of The OLLIE (One Life Lost Is Enough) Foundation, a youth suicide prevention charity. OLLIE delivers suicide prevention and intervention training to the local community. The Band is…

Suicide Awareness Film Campaign Launches

The OLLIE Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of an upcoming suicide awareness film campaign, as part of the #ItMatters initiative. The #ItMatters initiative, run entirely by young volunteers, is a series of mental health and suicide awareness film projects, on behalf of the Foundation. They will be releasing their first video (#OneLifeLost), which…

The OLLIE Foundation takes over The OLLIE Card

Its official!!! The OLLIE Card handover has been completed. Created by ten teenagers from Verulam School as part of The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, The OLLIE Card offers local people a reward for eating with local independent businesses whilst raising money for charity. Their brief was to create a sustainable business model to pass onto their…

The OLLIE Foundation collaborates with [email protected] and Herts Constabulary

We’re grateful to have the opportunity to work with youth engagement CIC [email protected] (www.kickoffat3.co.uk) and Herts Constabulary to bring together to local community. We are arranging a football tournament to engage the local youth and promote positive choices and mental health. Created by Michael Wallace and Ashley Levien, [email protected] is an initiative focused on improving…

St Albans NCS team raise £350 for OLLIE

Six teenagers got together for the National Citizen Service (NCS) Action Day put together a sausage sizzle at Bunnings DIY store in St Albans for their Social Action Week. Despite bitter weather conditions, through selling hotdogs and cakes the team raised an outstanding £350. The NCS Action Day is a national campaign to get teenagers…

OLLIE Delivers Our First Ever Fully Funded ASIST!

We found out back in February 2018 that our application to TOYOTA’s Funds for a Better Tomorrow had been successful and we were able to arrange our first ever fully funded ASIST session. We ran the session on 11th and 12th April during the Easter Holidays. And it was the first open course to sell…

Suicide To Hope Course

The OLLIE Foundation is incredibly proud to be able to say we now offer a brand new course called Suicide To Hope. Only one other organisation in England can deliver this course currently. SafeTALK, and ASIST cover the period leading up to crisis point, and at crisis point. Suicide To Hope is designed to be…

Announcing a new partnership…

The OLLIE Foundation is incredibly pleased to announce our partnership with The Mall Luton. After applying we were shortlisted and asked to present to their team. We were then selected as their charity of the year. Lavinia Douglass, Marketing Manager at The Mall, says “We are so pleased to be working with The OLLIE Foundation…

Let’s talk about suicide

Have you thought about signing up to one of our suicide alertness and intervention courses? Are you not sure what’s involved and are feeling daunted? Lynne Wilkins from I Enable You attended our ASIST training in January 2018. Here, Lynne talks about why she signed up and the invaluable skills she gained. Not that long…

Our Story So Far…

Where it began: Three parents who experienced unimaginable loss after losing their sons all found their way to their local SOBS, a support network for surviving the bereavement of suicide. Stuart met Chris and Jane at SOBS in June 2015. Throughout the summer and autumn of 2015, they found support at SOBS, but by the…

Introduction to our first employee

The OLLIE Foundation is pleased to introduce our first every employee Verity Bramwell. Verity’s role is to oversee the day to day running of the charity. She will help volunteers with their fundraising, supervise the training bookings and support our trustees. She will also be our lead in our participation of the Building Effectiveness Programme…

OLLIE has been chosen…

We are proud to announce that The OLLIE Foundation has been selected to participate in Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s Building Effectiveness Programme. The programme will provide a tailored, support development programme. OLLIE has been partnered with Sue Pearlman. Sue is a skilled facilitator, trainer, supervisor and mentor.   Her experience was gained mainly through her involvement with…

St Albans Half Marathon Chosen Charity

To say we’re pleased to be the St Albans Half Marathon 2018 Community Chosen Charity would be an understatement! OLLIE was in the running alongside many amazing local charities, all deserving of the win. We are incredibly grateful for all your votes and support. We nearly broke Facebook and Twitter. The run up to the…

TES talks to… Stuart Falconer

The founder of a charity that aims to prevent suicides and support at-risk teenagers tells Simon Creasey that schools will eventually have no choice but to train their staff to deal with this growing problem. Read the article »

Suicide prevention charity keen to role out ‘vital’ training in all St Albans schools

Read here how you can access essential training for anyone that works with young people.

OLLIE Founder nominated for Award

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THIS YEAR’S AWARDS On 13th October the District’s business people will come together at Sopwell House Hotel for the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards 2016. These Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of business to the community of St Albans District. The Awards are open to all whose business strategy encompasses policies and…

Friends of St Albans suicide victim Morgan take to the skies in his memory

What must it be like to lose a friend? OLLIE thanks his friends for remembering, read here.

St Albans suicide prevention charity OLLIE hit fundraising target early

Read here about OLLIE’s fundraising target.

Golf day helps raise funds for St Albans teenage suicide charity

Initially Stuart only wanted to run a golf day.  Read here how it went.

Memorial bench placed at school of St Albans suicide victim

Read an article about a permanent memorial to Stuart’s son Morgan, click here.

Staring into the abyss

Read an article from the Herts Advertiser’s Editor Matt Adams on why we have to break the taboo of suicide.  Read here

Father of teen suicide victim founds charity to offer extra support in St Albans

This is the first article Stuart did for the Herts Advertiser, sharing the reasons for starting the charity.  Read all about it here.

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I couldn’t imagine a more deserving enterprise than OLLIE.
Andrew Nicholls, Clinical Psychologist