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Goodwill in Action
to Prevent Suicide CIO

Registered Charity Number: 1190754

Our Mission

Is to provide a peaceful, safe, ecological, sustainable, accessible respite centre within a rural environment in Devon to support persons with thoughts of suicide or who are affected by suicide through the provision of therapeutic non-medical, short-term accommodation and befriending services.

You can help us to achieve our mission by donating today towards our fundraising target of £1.5 million to secure the acquisition of the property which we will call Goodwill Lodge. Further to this, we are looking to raise another £1.5 million which will cover all costs relating to the development of the respite centre in readiness to receive its first guests in Spring 2024 if not before.

Create a respite sanctuary to rehabilitate and heal

The buildings and the land as a whole will be biodynamic, regenerative and as carbon-neutral as possible, allowing both residents and staff to live in a reciprocally beneficial and healing relationship with nature.

Build on the proven success of other similar projects

Guests will be supported by an experienced team. Being one of the only projects of its kind in the South West, it will draw on the wealth of knowledge already in existence with other similar projects in the UK.

Foster positive relationships within the local community

We want our connections to move beyond our therapeutic community. Our intention is to integrate with the surrounding community and to gain its full support.

Why we must act

For suicides registered in 2020, the age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) in England was 10.0 deaths per 100,000 population (equates to 4,912 registered deaths) and in Wales, there were 10.3 deaths per 100,000 population (equates to 285 registered deaths) creating a total of 5,197 registered suicides.

By preventing just 2 suicides, this mission will save £3.34 million in terms of costs to the economy & ecology as well as the broader community. This figure is not even the total amount we are looking to raise in our current fundraising campaign.

More importantly, we acknowledge that death by suicide has more than a financial cost as it often leaves a chasm in the hearts of those bereaved by suicide.

Suicides in England & Wales (2020)

Cost of each suicide = £1.67 million

Estimated Government Cost: £8.7 Billion

Our Aims

We will commission ideas and services in addition to forming connections with people and organisations which support our vision of a world freer from suicide and its causes.

We aim to run a biodynamic farm enterprise and harmonise with the natural landscape.
We will run workshops, training courses and share resources.
We will host outdoor community experiences and support and work with the local community.
We will develop environmentally friendly, ecological accommodation.
We will run an onsite healing and meditation centre.

The Centre

Goodwill Lodge will be located within a rural, biodynamic and organic small holding

Accommodation will initially provide 4-6 rooms for guests, expanding in later stages.
Large communal studio space will be available for group activities and community events and workshops.
Outside spaces will provide an opportunity for guests to contribute to the day to day running of Goodwill Lodge, or simply to find peace and solace in the natural environment.
Office space will enable the running of the project and its management.
Outside space will additionally be used for glamping-style accommodation as well as animal husbandry & food cultivation.

Goodwill Lodge Masterplan

The First Phase consists of extending the existing 4-bed house, altering the large workshop rooms, creating a new, general purpose barn to replace the old one which is beyond repair, as well as many other changes to create the respite centre and its supportive surroundings.

Goodwill Lodge illustrative masterplan

Meet the Team

If you would like to join our team as a trustee, volunteer, befriender or fundraiser, or help us to run the project then please use the contact form below the trustees' photos to get in touch.

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Chukumeka Maxwell

Founder & Interim CEO of Goodwill in ATPS CIO

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Andy Johnson

Trustee Chair

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Martin Beat

Trustee Land

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Liz Hobbs

Trustee Communications

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John Walter

Trustee Therapeutic Interventions

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Debbie Williams

Trustee Community

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Trustee Treasurer

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India Oakley-Smith

Company Secretary

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Lydia Tewkesbury

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Do you need help now...

We are not yet able to offer a crisis service
If you are worried about your own, or someone else’s suicidal thoughts or feelings, take the following action: 

For an emergency or life threatening situation ALWAYS call 999
For other Mental Health concerns make an URGENT appointment with your GP

If you need to talk to someone
NHS Crisis Team - find your local telephone number online or via the Hub of Hope app
NHS Let’s Talk Guidance, courses and talking therapy 0800 073 2200
Samaritans 116 123: Text Shout to 85258 To talk to a trained crisis worker
Under 35 contact Papyrus Hopelink Call 0800 068141 Text 07786 209697
CALM helpline for men 0800 585858

Hub of Hope – find support in your area
Stay Alive
Big White Wall

Signposting for Additional Help
Childline – if you are a child or young person you may want to speak to Childline0800 1111
Sane – leading UK mental health charity. We work to improe the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.
The Independence Trust provide a range of services that’ll support you in strengthening you emotional and physical wellbeing. Support is tailored to your needs.
Counselling Directory – they have a page on suicidal thoughts which can be found here:
The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC)TASC is an alliance of the leading charities dealing with suicide prevention and mental health issues. The TASC website is an educational and resource hub. They do not provide direct services but have information about members and their work. are the professional association that ensures counsellors meet professional standards. You can find a therapist in their directory