Peterborough charity network offers wellbeing support to city residents affected by Covid

Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS) is offering wellbeing service to support people who are struggling with their mental health as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 2:27 pm

The service enables individuals to get one-to-one support for low level mental health and anxiety issues through a range of interventions, for instance, to help manage anxiety and low mood through breathing techniques, mindfulness and relaxation exercises.

They are also signposted to the correct services to help them manage aspects adversely affecting their wellbeing such as debt, poor housing, physical inactivity and nutrition.

PCVS’ wellbeing caseworker Ammaar works closely with individuals to produce a tailored support plan taking into account their priorities, interests, values and motivations.

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Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services
Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services

Currently, he is helping clients who have been unsure of where to access mental health support.

He described the service as “very broad and can help people in so many ways but, in a nutshell, it is listening to people and their needs, making them aware of the services that they can access locally”.

He added: “One of my clients that I support didn’t know where else to turn for mental health support other than to call 111. I was able to share the various mental health support services that we are lucky to have available in Peterborough. Another valuable part of the service is that we can provide support when people have been referred to services but are on long waiting lists to be seen.”

PCVS’ wellbeing service is funded by Peterborough City Council and is free to anyone over 18 who resides in the Peterborough area.

People can access the service by filling out a simple self-referral form.

For more information email: [email protected]

PCVS provides support to charities, community groups, volunteers and residents in Peterborough.