The new reality of reduced social contact, self-isolation and disruption of services has had a disproportionate effect on people who were already struggling with complex life circumstances.
In response we literally turned our services outside – in, moving from group-based personal development in Scotland’s wilderness and outdoors in communities to working with smart technology to reach those who need help most in their own homes. Our support service moved online, with all Venture Trust outreach and development staff providing tailored support by phone or digital platforms.
Now with the easing of lockdown, we have resumed face to face work with participants. This will be one to one only and outdoors observing social distancing. We will meet participants in public greenspaces local to them. Initially the number of participants staff can meet will be limited but we have ensured all those who want and need physical meetings will get it. Our well-established digital support will still be running alongside in this blended model.
Every person seeking support will have a dedicated worker – a trusted professional, with expertise in personal development and coaching. They are there to listen, provide support and connect through social distanced physical meetings and from specialist advice in our 3 Digital Hubs – for active living, improved wellbeing and employability. We’re here to help now and as we recover.
Offer people counselling support, advice from trained professionals for developing resilience and self-care and how to look after mental health. Signpost people to local and national support and additional services and resources e.g. financial help, getting shopping, medication or topping up utility meters.
Our digital Wellbeing Hub will offer people counselling support and mental health advice from qualified Venture Trust professionals during their experience of isolation. Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
During these challenging times it is important to remember everyone will face emotions such as feeling bored, frustrated or lonely. As well as low, worried or anxious, or concerned about finances, health or those close to you. But at Venture Trust we are working with smart technology to reach those who need help most in their own homes. Our new support service is online, with all Venture Trust support staff providing tailored support by phone or digital platforms.
Through the Hub people will have access to:
- One-to-one conversations and counselling focused on mental wellbeing during the challenging coronavirus times
- Virtual group sessions
- Tips and resources on the Venture Trust website and social media channels
We can help with:
Talking about what is worrying people...
We know lots of people are worried and overwhelmed during this time. More people may be feeling this way than imagined. People can talk to us and share their concerns. We will listen and try and help them make sense of those concerns.
We can offer conversations with an experienced support worker or qualified counsellor, depending on their need. Most of all, we will be there for them as a point of consistent support in an uncertain time.
Staying connected with others...
Maintaining healthy relationships with trusted people is important for mental wellbeing.
We can help people access national helplines or others that are available in their area.
Thinking about a new, and temporary ‘normal’
Life has changed and it may stay this way for a while, but not forever. How people respond to this experience of disruption to their normal routine may have a real impact on their wellbeing. Our staff can help individuals think about this in a way that will support them moving forward in the longer term.
We can support people to manage there feelings and focus on the known, rather than worries in the unknown. How they act, who they speak to and where they get information from are all things that can help them feel as ‘normal’ as possible.
Carrying on doing enjoyable things
We will focus on ways to continue helping people experience the good things in life, like doing some of their favourite things, if they can still be done at home. If not, we can think with them about something new to do/learn at home.
Make a referral...
Please see http://www.venturetrust.org.uk/be-well-be-connected-be-ready/referral-information.