Community First New Forest

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The Minstead Trust is urgently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Wood Turning Enthusiast - Working as part of a small team, supporting adults with learning disabilities, on a one to one basis, providing instruction and support on basic wood-turning skills

Skills support with literacy and numeracy - To work one to one in sessions of half an hour with 3 to 5 students on a Monday morning. You would be helping the students with their reading, writing, money skills, telling the time, numbers etc. according to the individuals need and using age-appropriate materials and resources.

Families Matter: Puppet Stage and Sound Crew
Praisin' Hands Puppets based at Hythe URC is looking for 2 people with strong muscles to load and lift equipment from the van, set up the stage, watch the very entertaining children's puppet show and then dismantle the stage and load up the equipment. Any expertise/experience in sound desk/lighting would be valuable, but not required.

Find out more here

Mental Health and Young Carers

Young Carers across Hampshire have been benefiting from a one year pilot project aimed at improving their emotional resilience and wellbeing.

The work is based around the Copeland Centre’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) mental health tool and has been led by Community First New Forest.

Young Carers Coordinator Marie Shotbolt said: “Young Carers carry a large emotional burden and often suffer more stress and worry than other young people because of the health concerns in their family.

As in the New Forest alone, we had identified over 11% of YCs exhibiting signs of severe stress, depression and self-harm, we wanted to develop targeted early intervention work and intensive support for Young Carers in crisis.

We were extremely fortunate to receive some funding that has given us the opportunity to train one support worker at all ten Hampshire Young Carers Alliance members.

We’ve now started delivering workshops targeted specially at the kind of anxieties and worries that Young Carers have and getting them to think of developing their own coping mechanisms.

The feedback we have had so far has been incredibly useful in shaping the way we develop the training and we hope to be able to continue to offer this and maybe even offer support to family members who are struggling as well.”

WRAP has been proven to be highly adaptable and can be used to empower, promote positive mental health and self-reliance.  It is now being used across the NHS. You can read more about the programme here –  https://copelandcenter.com/wellness-recovery-action-plan-wrap