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    Healthier You and mental health support over the festive period

    The Tameside Wellbeing Corner (TWC) is proving to be a popular place for local residents to visit when they need health related information or advice without having to book an appointment.

    Based at Ashton’s indoor market, over 50 different services have booked in to support Tameside residents, workers and visitors with their health and wellbeing by giving advice and support. Already services who have used the TWC have reached out to around 600 people living, working or visiting Tameside.  From offering mental health advice, having blood pressure checks, parenting advice and support, giving tips on how to quit smoking or lose weight, to becoming more fit and active plus much more.

    One local person said: “It makes it easier to access mental health services, happy to see an improvement and awareness around mental health.”

    This Christmas is no exception.  The Minds Matter service, which supports with social issues that may affect a person’s mental wellbeing such as employment, housing, family and finances – understands the festive holidays can be one of the hardest times of the year, bringing about feelings of obligation and over-commitment to social plans, with some people experiencing loneliness and isolation.

    Minds Matter have a weekly drop in session every Tuesday 1-2pm and they will also be at the TWC on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so pop along if you need their support or someone to talk to.
    Tina Lee Service Manager for Minds Matter said: “Our peer support worker will be there to support people who may be finding this time of the year particularly difficult.”

    People will find a private consultation pod based within the TWC so that they can have a chat in a private space completing referral forms or applications.

    Each week there is a variety of different services available and people can check out what’s on by checking the Tameside Council Facebook page to find out what’s on each week.

    In the New Year,  the Tameside Wellbeing Corner will be hosting a Healthier You Awareness Month (6 January to 14 February), so far 19 services will be available to people wanting to become healthier and it doesn’t just mean being physically fit or able to run a half marathon.  Being healthy is so much more, it is holistic and includes physical, emotional, mental, social health and wellbeing.

    Next time people visit Ashton they are encouraged to drop-in and speak to a member of the team who’ll be more than happy to help.

    For more information about Minds Matter visit their website at  https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/about-us/what-we-do/