The Cellar Trust Blog

Inter Faith Week

Inter Faith Week Written by Ali, Volunteer Coordinator, The Cellar Trust Spending my whole life in Bradford as a second generation British born Muslim of Pakistani heritage has influenced and shaped me into the person I am today, however the broader cultural heritage of this city and diverse communities are part of the wider influences […]

Menopause and Me

Menopause and Me Written by Becky, Group and Courses Facilitator, The Cellar Trust I didn’t know, back when I use to mock my mother for making genuine mistakes and having hot flashes, that this was the start of the M word. Nor did I know of any more symptoms. I just knew that we all […]

Haven – the end of an era

Haven – the end of an era Written by Kim Shutler, CEO, The Cellar Trust Today marks the end of an era for The Cellar Trust as we draw our Haven crisis service to a close. It feels momentous for us because Haven was the real game changing service for us when it opened in […]

Pushing yourself: when it becomes toxic positivity

Pushing yourself: when it becomes toxic positivity Written by Melanie, our guest blogger. Want to write a blog post for us? Email us at We live in a society where pushing yourself hard is considered something to be celebrated. “Meet your limits head on and drive through them”, we’re told. That’s all we need […]


Volunteering Written by Beth People volunteer to look after their wellbeing or get themselves through a hard time. Some people volunteer to give something back to their community, and others to gain some experience. Whatever the reason, the mutual factor is that someone, somewhere, or something will benefit from the volunteering. Volunteering is something that […]

Deafness, Inclusivity and Me

Deafness, Inclusivity and Me Written by Claire I have never had to write about my experiences of deafness before and I’m keen not to make sweeping statements about ‘all deaf or hearing-impaired people’. As with mental health, the lived experience of deafness is varied. Not every person with hearing loss wants to draw attention to […]


Easter Written by Heather Easter is my absolute favourite time of the year. Culturally, many of us celebrate the religious festivals of Christianity in this country but the focus is often on other things: Santa, presents, the Easter bunny, spending time with family and making fun for the children. My faith makes the celebrations about […]

Ramadan, a month of mindfulness and spiritual reawakening

Ramadan, a month of mindfulness and spiritual reawakening Written by Noreen My earliest memory of Ramadan is as a little girl aged six or seven, watching my grandmother agonisingly pace up and down the stairs. She was anticipating the moment that she could finally break her fast and savour the sweet taste of her first […]

Staying well while staying informed

Staying well while staying informed Written by Catherine Recently, everyone has been talking about the news and it can feel like not engaging with the news during a time like this is irresponsible. The truth is that although being informed is important so is your mental wellbeing and finding a balance between the two, especially […]