In April 2020 Mark created his 2nd connect bench in Maidstone, Kent
An idea I saw in Spain was brought to England in November 2020 when mark allan created his first happy to chat bench. Due to various barriers along the way the project developed to connect point.
Finalist at Southwark Business Excellence Awards 2021. Mark talks about his experience of loneliness and how he intends to create more safe outside spaces for the community to engage and develop connect point project to ensure everyone has access to mental health services in a method they are comfortable with.
During the pandemic Mark worked on Job Doctors Surgery and created this project to help people affected by redundancy and mental health issues get back to work. This project was kindly sponsored by Golding Homes.
Mark set out to create a project to help unemployment in Blackpool and the project was covered by local media.
After two years of being totally lost, loneliness overtook, got everything wrong to learn how to get it right Mark was commended for his journey at the Southwark Business Excellence Awards.
In August 2021 the final piece of marks mental health journey was given when he was finally diagnosed.
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