The Blackbird Foundation is a Suffolk based charity that promotes self-care and wellness in the bereavement community.
Our first major fundraiser is supporting the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, in an evening of free music, free cake (!), handmade guitar auctions, art exhibits, and various artists selling their art and craft work. The event is Friday the 13th of January from 6pm at The Vinyl Room located inside Suffolk Academy in Barrow. Details on the website.
We focus on artwork, creativity, and self-care as we help the bereaved support and maintain their own mental health while they are suffering. We work with existing bereavement support groups and charities to supplement their work by offering art workshops, wellness days, creativity camps, fundraising gigs, and awareness campaigns. In 2017 we are launching a program to fund bereavement counselling for those who can not afford it, and will be expanding our services to include residential retreats.
Blackbird Inkwork shares headquarters with The Blackbird Foundation, and it is a commercial art shop as well as an art gallery and working studio. While the art shop is not a charity in itself, both organisations are run by the same woman who takes a large portion of the profits from her artwork and pours it back into the charity, making it another good way to support the charity's mission. There is an associated Etsy shop, which again gives proceeds to the charity, and information about Blackbird Inkwork is located on the main foundation web site.
Also run by the same woman is a much smaller charity called Guided Gifting, which has run since 2007 and is not bereavement specific. Through an online nomination available to everyone, she sends free gifts of handmade art and craft to anyone who needs a random act of kindness. The webpage for this sister charity will be included on the website soon.