Guest blog from Richmond Fellowship who are offering a Wellbeing Support telephone service

We are the Recovery and Social Inclusion Team at Richmond Fellowship Wiltshire, the service contracted by the NHS and Wiltshire Council to help people with mental health problems who are isolated.

Since lockdown began, we have not been able to meet our clients to provide the face-to-face social inclusion support that is so vital to them. Instead we have been completely reliant on technology to provide this. For example, we have set up virtual groups using Zoom and closed Facebook pages to allow individuals with similar issues to stay connected. We have also been providing weekly telephone support to those who need it. You can find more information here. Sometimes having a chat can make all the difference to a person who is socially isolated. We have also been using these phone calls to work with clients to set personalised targets that help them to stay well. For some, these could centre on activities such as gardening, walking or baking, whilst for others they could be in relation to more practical activities like shopping, collecting prescriptions and paying bills.

It has been hard for everyone adapting to the changes, but, because of the enthusiasm and commitment of our dedicated team we continue to improve the lives of people with mental health problems in the county.

If you are struggling with your mental health and could benefit this support, please do not hesitate to contact us. Simply leave a voice message (01380 724833) or email wiltshirereferrals@richmondfellowship.org.uk giving your full name, telephone number and a brief summary of your inquiry. We will get back to you within 24 hours from Monday to Friday during office hours.

Author: Trowbridge Future admin