Histon & Impington Mental Wellbeing Project

As the Histon & Impington Mental Wellbeing Project moves into its second year we are looking to update the initiative for 2018 and to reshape the focus of the project learning from the experiences of 2017 and to recruit a new Histon & Impington Mental Wellbeing Co- ordinator

There were many the positives in 2017 including:

  • Regular drop ins at St Andrews Centre Café and village schools and those who have attended have benefitted from the signposting advice provided
  • Small group sessions at the Infants and Junior Schools for children needing support
  • Successful launch of a toolkit for village youth groups
  • Signposting and support provided for individual village residents
  • Successful Village Mental Wellbeing week in October
  • Extensive networking to increase profile of mental wellbeing in the community

The three core project objectives continue to be

  • Increase mental wellbeing awareness and break down barriers
  • Assist with early intervention and prevention
  • Provide signposting and advocate for support services

The revised role aims to have broader community involvement with a team of volunteers to work with the co-ordinator and help increase awareness within the community. This will be supported by a Mental Health First Aid course in March and could include regular talks on the mental wellbeing such as mindfulness.

The village mental wellbeing worker will work within the schools helping children, young people and families with their understanding and skills in mental wellbeing. There will also be increased personal role support and a partnership with a counselling provider when required for those who need more specialist help.

The support of the project funders in helping make the project happen is much appreciated and the funders include Histon & Impington Parish Council, Histon & Impington Feast, Friends of the Rec, Poor’s Land Charity, SCDC, The Batterson-Chivers Foundation, Comic Relief through CCF and St Andrews Church Histon.

Full information on the new job role in in the detailed job description which will be available from the dedicated village mental wellbeing website www.himw.org.uk from Friday 19th January. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th February and we plan to hold interviews on 20th Feb

If you would like more information about the project please contact Chris Cox (chris.cox@hicom.org.uk)

Histon & Impington Mental Wellbeing project is organised through Histon & Impington Community Charity number 1069042

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