Community First New Forest

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Ringwood Good Neighbours group are urgently in need of some help

The group aren’t able to continue running without the support of volunteer coordinators. If you have a few hours to spare a month, would you be able to help co-ordinating the befriending scheme in the BH24 area?

This is a varied and interesting role which includes:

  • Helping to ensure training needs of volunteers are met
  • Assess clients and match them with a befriender
  • Listening and supporting the volunteers regarding their befriending role
  • Deal with volunteer expenses
  • Compile a list of local activities and support groups for the use of befrienders wishing to recommend additional social contact to clients

Full training is given as well as ongoing support as part of a dedicated team. For more information or to apply please click here: https://www.cfnf.org.uk/opportunity/?slug=befriending-co-ordinator-30&id=30

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Mental Health and Young Carers

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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

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    1:30 PM - 4:30 PMBrockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst. SO42 7RY
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