Wellbeing Week to support mental health

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

We're preparing to host a Wellbeing Week from 15 to 19 March to support people whose mental health and wellbeing have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A variety of free and supportive online advice sessions will be held throughout the week to give people ideas, skills and practical tools to improve the aspects of their lives that have a direct or indirect impact on their wellbeing. One to one and group sessions will be available.

Each day will have a different theme. The week will begin with Mental Health Monday. Transferable Skills Tuesday will look at building confidence in existing skills and how they could be transferred to new jobs and activities.

Wellbeing Wednesday will include the benefits of volunteering in the great outdoors, how to stay safe online and even a laughter workshop.

Ideas for new skills, exercise and hobbies will be the focus of Try It Thursday and on Finance Friday people can get help with managing money and debt and learn what welfare benefits they might be eligible for.

We have joined forces with a number of local partners to deliver the programme, including: Yorkshire in Business, Go 4 It Training, Aspire Igen, Groundwork Scarborough, Rainbow Centre, National Careers Service, Community First and North Yorkshire County Council.

Cllr Liz Colling, cabinet member for inclusive growth, said:

“The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s personal circumstances has, in turn, taken its toll on their mental health and wellbeing. 

"While some will already be accessing the help they need, there will others who won’t know where to start. This is where we hope Wellbeing Week can make a positive difference.

"Whether you or someone in your household has become unemployed, lost a loved one to the virus or simply found the numerous restrictions and changes to your lifestyle a struggle, I hope you find an online session that’s right for you and helps you to feel more positive."

Separate to Wellbeing Week, Aspire Igen, in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, is hosting a virtual job fair on Wednesday 10 March between 10am and 12pm. Access to the event is free via the Scarborough Job Fair Facebook page.

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