A Nottinghamshire County Council project that works with people with mental health difficulties across the county is helping to boost their wellbeing and employment levels.
Every week 80 Mansfield and Ashfield residents are encouraged to share their skills, experiences and passion with others through group sessions, activities and workshops on areas of interest such as music, art, adult education, gardening and support groups in the co-production project.
Councillor Muriel Weisz, chair of the County Council’s adult social care and health committee, said: “This project helps to empower people with mental health difficulties as they decide what activities will help improve their health and wellbeing.
“It’s very much about participants developing and sharing their skills with the aim of increasing confidence and self-worth, and the positive impacts on employment, well- being and social interaction show this approach really works.”
Around 85 per cent of attendees, from across the county, have sustained or increased their employment levels and participation in volunteering activities since getting involved in the project.
Likewise, 60 per cent of attendees have reported a boost to their wellbeing and 22 percent said their wellbeing levels remained the same.
Around 28 per cent participants said they rarely connected with family, friends and the wider community before getting involved, all of whom said they increased social contact six months into the project.
Around 350 Nottinghamshire residents take part in the project each week with 180 from Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe and 90 from Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood.
The council is also working with other organisations to set up health and wellbeing hubs across the county to offer social space and therapeutic activities for people with mental health difficulties.
To find out more about the help and support that is available to local people with mental health problems contact the Council on 0300 500 80 80 or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk