A busy month here at Healthwatch York. Lots of highlights…but I’ll just focus on two…

World Mental Health Day

I ran the Healthwatch York stall on World Mental Health Day last month. I really enjoyed speaking to all the different organisations working in all aspects of mental health, including IDAS, York Mind. LGBT+ Forum, just to name a few!

It was great to see that there are so many people working to make a difference here in York, from St Nick’s Ecotherapy to various support groups. I was sat next to Rebecca from Converge and enjoyed hearing about how they use the creative arts for recovery.

My job was to be on the stall, give out information and signpost people to all the different services available in York.

Healthwatch York’s Mental Health Guide was really popular – we basically ran out and now only have three left!

I also got interviewed by The Press as well as a group of York St John First Year students. My five minutes of fame!


Ways to Wellbeing Volunteer Training

This month we also had our Ways to Wellbeing Volunteer mentor training. I’d been looking forward to getting more involved in York’s Social Prescribing Project and it was an interesting and informative day. There were lots of hands on tasks and scenarios to get stuck into.

The training got us all thinking about how important it is to make sure that the support we provide as volunteers really is person-centred. The idea is that the people who use the service get what they want, and not just what we want.

The training was run by Jasmine, our Ways to Wellbeing Coordinator, and Coach and Psychotherapist Mandy Coles here at Priory Street Centre. Lunch was delicious – I loved the mini Bakewell tarts!