Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Young People Project

Alcester Town Council (ATC) is interested in helping young people who may be suffering from mental health issues by understanding the type of problems and potential solutions identified by children, young people and others. Wendy, our Health and Well-being Co-ordinator has begun working on a project looking at ways to support young people and their families. The focus to start with will be on secondary school aged students.

Working in partnership with Lifespace Trust, we have recruited and trained students from three secondary schools in Alcester in Youth Mental Health First Aid (2-day accredited course). The students will then conduct some research with their peers to better understand the type of support young people need.

Once we have the results of the research, ATC will then map out their perceptions of need and the level of support and help required. This data can then be used to help shape the development of new initiatives.

If you would like more information about this project or would like to get involved, please get in touch with Wendy Sherwood (see details below).

Join the new Alcester Community Allotment and reap the benefits of your work through sharing the harvest! Contact Wendy (see details below) to find out more about Plot 28 at Bleachfield Street North allotments.

Computer drop-in sessions. Face to face help….tailored to fit your needs!! Wednesdays from 10am- 12pm at Alcester Unionist Club 46 High Street Alcester B49 5AB. Contact Wendy for further information.

Defibrillators in Alcester- Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is? Speed is essential! Defibrillators are available at the following locations.

Dates for your diary in 2019!

Thursday mornings 1, 8, 22 and 29 May- Free Mindfulness course at Alcester Children and Family Centre 10am- 11am. Places still available!

Wednesdays weekly from 1 May at 6pm- Springfield Mind- Moodmaster– an upbeat approach to physical and emotional well being. Free sessions for 12 weeks in Leamington

Thursdays mornings in May, June and July- Suitcase Stories…A reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia. Alcester Library

Thursday mornings in June and July – Parenting Project- Parentsing Singing is good for you! Parents and children welcome- Alcester Children and Family Centre 10-11am

17 June Self harm – Understanding and supporting children and young people (12-18yrs)- coffee and info session

VASA Volunteer Drivers needed in Alcester!

The Silverline– Helpline for older people- open 24/7

Elderberries Community Group is now run independently and still meets every Wednesday from 11am – 3.30pm at Jubilee Court Community Room, for over 55’s in Alcester. It offers enjoyable and varied activities, a 2 course home cooked lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Cost is £3.00 including lunch! Email elderberriesgroup55@gmail.com for further information.

ALCESTER’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING CO-ORDINATOR

Wendy Sherwood works at Alcester Town Council as a Health and Well-being Co-ordinator. She plays a key role in developing initiatives that maximise the quality of life for people in Alcester.

The role of the Co-ordinator is to support older people to access activities and support within their local community. Over the last two years there is now more understanding about what older people wish to see in their community and it has been possible to identify the gaps in services and find available services/activities that fill this need. Some of the initiatives that are now active are the Elderberries Community Group, two computer drop-in groups and a Community Allotment.

Although older people are still a priority, the focus has also shifted towards young people and carers, as there is growing evidence that these groups also suffer from loneliness and isolation. Work has begun on a project that helps tackle these issues, in partnership with other charities, with the hope of improving levels of mental well-being and companionship.

For further information please contact:

Wendy by email: info@alcester-tc.gov.uk or by phone: 01789 766084 Mobile: 07483 149732

Other useful links:

Atrial fibrillation- find out more at NHS Choices or the British Heart Foundation.

Wellbeing Our Alcester facebook page

Stratford Time bank

Grape vine – Helping people to grow their lives