Service users in York and the surrounding area are being supported to stay connected thanks to the efforts of local staff and partner colleagues.
Having closed their doors to learners in response to government measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, Converge, a partnership between York St. John University and the Trust which helps those with mental health difficulties to access education, have taken their support online.
With regular posts on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, Converge are making sure learners stay connected and people have access to online tutorials and uplifting content (including arts based performances from students) to help them through this challenging period.
Converge are also offering a free online creative writing course which is updated with tasks and tutorials each Wednesday. This course is available to anyone.
Meanwhile the Discovery Hub, which is ran by the Trust and based at Converge, is encouraging those who are receiving mental health services in the area to contact them if they are in isolation and struggling. Staff are available to lend a friendly ear and are arrange for those experiencing difficulties to access regular telephone and online support. If you think you could benefit from their support please email firstname.lastname@example.org your name, address, telephone number and a bit about you.
Emma McKenzie, Discovery Hub manager said “It is well known that loneliness and isolation can affect your wellbeing. Our online community of learners helps people to connect with others in a similar situation in their local community and is a source of comfort and distraction for those who are struggling. It also provides opportunities for people to develop new interests which can give you a boost when you’re feeling low.
“Taking part in an online course could also help bring some routine to your time at home and could help to re-establish a sense of normality and stability when things are so uncertain.”