Following the tragic loss of two young playing members at Welwyn Rugby Club through suicide, a few like-minded club members felt they had a social responsibility to offer support, guidance and a friendly ear in a time of need. And that steps should be taken to help destigmatise mental health amongst young men and women. Helped by some other like-minded club members JOCA (Just One Click Away) was born.
JOCA mental awareness video
The Wolfpack charity rugby dinner
On Friday 3 November the Wolfpack charity dinner took place at the Hermitage Rd. Bar and Restaurant in Hitchin to raise money for JOCA. An absolutely fantastic night, so many thanks to the amazing people who worked so hard to make it happen. James Nye, Graham Walker, Alistair Hargreaves, Jim Hamilton, Will Fraser, the lovely Hermitage staff Wolfpack and all the other sponsors, and of course everybody who turned up.
The JOCA music festival was a great success
A fantastic line-up of local bands, including the Subways, a host of other attractions and fine weather made for a great event.
Kyle Birkin runs London Marathon in support of JOCA
The London marathon took place on 23 April 2017 and was run by Kyle Birkin who raised funds for JOCA. Check out the news page to find out how he got on.
Mazars make a donation to JOCA
Through the kind offices of Phil Grehan he has managed to secure a rather generous donation from his employers Mazars LLP. Each year the partners of Mazars LLP donate a set percentage into office pots so that its staff can apply for a sum of money to be applies to local or small charities that they care about.
Phil believes that his bid for the funding was successful as the money will be used directly and efficiently for the benefit of those who contact JOCA. Our sincere thanks and gratitude to Phil and Mazars LLP.
Marks and Spencer, London Colney supports JOCA
JOCA are thrilled to have been chosen as the charity of choice for Marks and Spencer, London Conley. This is a significant event for us in that it will enable us to launch some really bold initiatives to support our club members.
Thank you to all involved!
JOCA at the biz4Biz Awards
On Friday 3 March, 2017 JOCA attended the biz4Biz Awards along with 250 local business people at the Tewin Bury Farm Hotel as the official sponsored chairty. The biz4Biz Awards recognises the achivement of businesses of all sizes across Hertfordshire. The event was hosted by the Rt Hon Michael Portillo seen here with Sue Topham, holding a JOCA rugby ball, and Justin Burgess. It was the first public airing of the JOCA video which was followed by a moving presentation from Sue Topham, and a cash collection for JOCA to help with our ongoing work. A notable mention for Adam Norsworthy, the MD of Performance Telecom, who pledged £1,000 to help fund our work. More pictures and updates to follow.
For more information check out the JOCA news page
JOCA was a massive help to me. They helped me when I was really low and was in a very bad place, when I needed someone to talk to while the NHS wasn’t a massive help and I needed someone to talk to who wasn’t in the friendship group or my family. They put me on the right path with information into how to deal with stuff, every time I had a JOCA counselling session I have always come out of it positive and always set a new goal for the next meeting.
JOCA helped me get job interviews and eventually employed again, sorted me transport and has helped me financially. Life is getting better now thank you JOCA. Helen my JOCA Buddy was excellent.
Whatever your problems, issues or concerns we are here to listen and help. The JOCA Welfare team can be contacted 24/7 via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org or via the form below - we'll get straight back to you. We will respect your privacy at all times. One of the committee will offer a friendly ear and where necessary signpost you to other organisations for support and assistance.
Our Mission Statement
To create a better understanding of and to destigmatise mental health and mental well-being amongst the players and members of Welwyn Rugby Club.
We are supported by
JOCA is a Registered Charity number 1171634