Thank you for your interest in Mind's Free Wills Month, which opens on March 1.
If you would rather not wait, you are welcome to register for our ongoing Free Will Offer using our online registration form. Once registered, we'll send you a pack in the post that contains a list of participating solicitors near you to choose from. Simply book your appointment directly with your chosen solicitor and they will work with you to prepare a will according to your wishes.
We're also pleased to be able to offer you the chance to have your will made for free from the comfort of your own home online and over the phone.
If you’re aged 55 or over, you can make or update your will with a local solicitor for free from 1 October. Simply visit the Free Wills Month website and enter your postcode to view details of participating solicitors. Book your appointment directly with your chosen solicitor, mentioning ‘Mind Free Wills Month’. Appointments are limited, so book early to avoid missing out.
There’s no obligation to make a gift to Mind or a local Mind in your will, but by choosing to support our work nationally or locally, you can help create a better future for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Given the government guidance on coronavirus, we've put together some helpful FAQs below:
Firms are still accepting appointments, and will explore with you the best way possible to have your will written. Some may suggest using the phone or technology, depending on the guidelines where you live.
If you're self-isolating or government restrictions where you live are making it hard for you to attend your appointment, please contact the solicitor and they'll be happy to talk through your will-making options. That might mean using the phone, or technology to help you make your will.
There's no obligation to make a charitable gift in your will when taking part in Mind Free Wills Month or using our Free Will Offer, but a gift – however big or small – will help us make a difference to the lives of those of us living with a mental health problem. Just 5% of your estate would hugely help us to create a better future for mental health.
Mind and our network of independent local Minds are here to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.
We provide a national voice and local support for anybody experiencing a mental health problem.
By making a gift to Mind or your local Mind, you can help us make sure that in the future, no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Mind Free Wills Month is intended for anyone aged 55 and over.
Mind Free Wills Month is taking place in the Coventry, North Warwickshire, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Sheffield, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Harrogate, Chichester, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Arundel and Horsham areas.
Mind are also joining other UK charities in a Free Wills Month campaign in and around Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Swansea, Torquay, Birmingham, Derbyshire, Ipswich, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Stoke-on-Trent.
If you live in one of the areas listed above, you'll find details of participating solicitors on the Free Wills Month website from 1 October 2020.
Simply contact your chosen solicitor during the month of March and request an appointment as part of 'Mind Free Wills Month'.
Once you've booked your appointment, the solicitor will help you draw up a will according to your wishes. You remain in control throughout.
Appointments are limited, and once all available appointments are booked, the offer will end. We'd recommend contacting your chosen solicitor as soon as possible to avoid missing out. You can find full details and conditions on the Free Wills Month website or in our FAQs section.
If you live outside the regions listed above, you can visit the Free Wills Month website to check if a similar offer is available in your local area.
If you’re unable to travel to the listed local solicitor firms or make your will remotely with them, you can make your will online and over the phone with Co-op Legal Services. Mind and Co-op Legal Services offer this service through Co-op Legal Services’ team of professional will writers. Terms and conditions apply. our free online and over the phone offer.
Mind's Free Wills Month October 2020 is brought to you by the following charities.You may choose to make a gift to one or more of these charities if you make or update your will as part of the Mind Free Wills Month campaign. Or of course, you may want to include another local Mind within our network - just let your solicitor know.
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Registered charity number: 219830
Coventry & Warwickshire Mind supports positive mental health and wellbeing through our services and work within the local community. By including us in your will and choosing to support Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, you will be helping us to bring relief and wellbeing to local people, struggling with mental health problems. Our aim is to make sure that no-one across Coventry and Warwickshire has to face a mental health problem alone – and with your support this could be possible.
Registered Charity No. 1003688
Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Wellington Gardens, Windsor Street, Coventry CV1 3BT
Dudley Mind works across the Black Country to support positive mental health and wellbeing through our services and work within the local community. By including us in your will and choosing to support Dudley Mind, you could help us turn around and save countless lives. Our aim is to make sure that no-one in the Black Country area has to face a mental health problem alone - and with your support this could be possible.
Registered Charity No. 1002257
Dudley Mind, The Mind Hub, Bushey Fields Hospital, Bushey Fields Road, Dudley, DY1 2LZ
Harrogate Mind works to promote positive mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in Harrogate District. We work to reduce stigma, develop resilience and enable people to live full lives and play their part in society. By including us in your will and choosing to support Harrogate Mind you could help us turn around and save countless lives. We want to make sure that no-one in Harrogate District has to face mental health problems alone and with your support this could be possible.
Registered charity No. 1151271
Mind in Harrogate District, The Acorn Centre, 101a Station, Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1HB
Sheffield Mind has been providing mental health services to people for over 40 years. We are a creative and forward-thinking charity, committed to reaching communities that have traditionally struggled to seek support, and disproportionately live with mental health problems. By partnering with other organisations, we promote greater awareness and understanding of mental health in the workplace and community.Our mission is to intervene early, to improve wellbeing, and provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. With a gift in your will, you can help us achieve all of this in the city of Sheffield.
Registered Charity No. 276108
Sheffield Mind, The Wellbeing Centre, 110 Sharrow Lane, Sheffield, S11 8AL
West Sussex Mind is an independent local mental health charity. We work with young people, adults, older adults, carers and families. Our innovative services develop mental wellbeing, resilience and recovery, driven by the needs and experiences of people in our community. The support and advice we offer aims to strengthen self-esteem and confidence, promoting strong relationships with family, friends and communities. We also help people get into education, training or work, and to achieve their personal and social goals.
Registered Charity No. 1155918
The Gateway, 8-10 Durrington Lane, Worthing BN13 2QG
After taking care of loved ones, you may choose to include a gift in your will to a cause you care about - like Mind or your local Mind. There are three main types of gift that you can include in your will. These are:
A cash gift, known as a pecuniary gift is a fixed sum of money, for example £5000. These gifts are paid out of your estate first, and then what is left is divided up as per your instructions in you will.
This type of gift is a share of your estate, for example 5%. Many people divide their estate into 100 equal units, and after giving to family and loved ones, they gift a number of units to Mind.
A specific gift is a nominated object, for example artwork, a collection of records, or an antique. If you want to keep a particular item in your family, then this could be a good way to pass the item on.
We’re determined to be there for everyone experiencing a mental health problem, and we depend on gifts in wills to do so. So this October we’re working with local solicitors so that anyone aged 55 or over can make or update their will free of charge.
Find out how you can take part and support Mind's work nationally or locally below.