Responsive: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Teams!

Posted on the 21st May 2020

Creative, determined and effective:  the has been the sterling response to the lockdown of our Mental Health and Wellbeing teams.

They were faced with the challenge of social distancing when much of their work is centred on breaking social isolation. Rapid transformation was needed. Well, they smashed it!

In recent weeks the Stockport Mental Health Network (MHN) and Wellbeing and Independence Network (WIN) have supported approaching 600 clients. How? Through important services like these.

Essential Shopping

Many MHN and WIN clients are shielding, self-isolating or just unable to get out for essential supplies.  Our teams have access to a pool of  volunteers with full Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Team members and volunteers have mobilised to provide an essential shopping service for clients, delivering the goods to their homes.

These visits are a great opportunity for a little chat too – all properly socially-distanced of course!

Mental Health Network staff compiling shopping list

Shopping support begins with lists!

The teams also put out an appeal for donations of board games, puzzles, activity packs and computer games to help beat lockdown boredom.  There was a fantastic response. Now these items have been distributed along with the shopping. Thank you, all who donated!

Phone Support For Mental Health and Wellbeing

In  hosting activities such as its weekly Dementia Cafe and social drop-ins,  the WIN team has always brought people together. In these difficult times, such activities are on hold. The phone lines however are buzzing.

Staff and volunteers have been busy dialling up clients, letting them know that they are not alone.  A friendly voice at the end of the line can be so important. These calls can also flag up hidden needs. For example, a team member helped register a client as vulnerable on the Government  website as they couldn’t manage it themselves.

They also help clients in difficulties by liaising with GPs and other community health teams. As community advocates are supporting people often with specific and very urgent needs.

Through these unprecedented times The Mental Health Network, WIN as Pure Wellbeing has been providing help and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
It makes me extremely proud to work with such a dedicated and professional team. They are delivering direct practical support on a daily basis and keeping our service users connected to the help they need in these difficult times.

Kristian Wraxall - Pure Innovations

Food Parcel Delivery

The MHN and WIN teams have also assisted other organisations such as local food banks with the distribution of food parcels to vulnerable groups.

They’ve been working with Gatley, Chelwood and Brinnington Foodbanks, Stockport Council and the Lancashire Hill resident volunteers amongst others. They’ve also delivered meals and fresh bread from our very Pure Innovations bakery  The Kitchen.

As you can see the Stockport Mental Health Network and Wellbeing and Independence Network have been extremely busy. The teams, working together as Pure Wellbeing,  have transformed their workload with impressive agility and are supporting so many people at this very difficult time.

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