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Sidmouth Hospice at Home - Information Centre in Sidmouth High Street
Sidmouth Hospice at Home (formerly Sidmouth Hospiscare) has an Information and Support Centre at 48 High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8EJ (opposite Potburys). The Centre is normally open Monday to Fridays 9:30 to 12:30 but is currently closed during lockdown in 2021. It provides a contact point for Sidmouth Hospice clients and free, confidential and impartial information and advice on local health and care services for all Sid Valley residents.
Sid Valley Help continue to work closely with Sidmouth Hospice at Home who are using the Sid Valley Help website and contacts for signposting at the Centre.
Headlight in Sidmouth
Headlight is a mental health support project for 13-24 year olds in Sidmouth. The well-established service managed by local charity Action East Devon has been working in Axminster and Ottery St Mary for some time. Funding to work in Sidmouth was secured from Sid Valley Help and their many supporters.
Ben Feasey, Headlight Manager said “We are currently offering a mixture of virtual and face to face work support to young people in Sidmouth. We have been working closely with colleagues at the Sidmouth Youth Centre to make sure we can use the venue for group sessions and individual support meetings in a safe way."
If you would like more information about Headlight please contact Ben Feasey on . AED are now taking referrals via the online form on the website
TALKWORKS is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service helping you to feel better by giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS (if 18 or over) by calling 0300 555 3344 or through the website which has more information www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk. Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you. https://youtu.be/Ek5j1zdzqFw
or download a TALKWORKS leaflet HERE
Telephone Shopping and Home Delivery leaflet
The leaflet has been produced by Sid Valley Help for residents who cannot shop online.
It lists local shops and businesses who have told us they are willing to accept orders by telephone and to arrange delivery. It can be downloaded HERE. To request a printed copy to be posted to you please phone or email and tell us your name and address.
Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The NHS website Every Mind Matters has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Children and young people with mental health issues are being supported by the Sidmouth school and college pastoral care teams. Parents, children and students who feel they need support or advice can contact either Tracey Tipton on 07540 668 525 (primary age) or Carole Clark 07495 540 415 (college age - see resources at www.sidmouthcollege.devon.sch.uk/coronavirus-covid-19.html)
Young Devon (www.youngdevon.org 08082 810155) has produced a good wellbeing toolkit with tips, tricks and techniques for maintaining positive mental health during lockdown and beyond. It has advice for parents if children feel anxious about coronavirus. A PDF copy can be downloaded HERE.
PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID FOR COVID-19
Public Health England has produced a free short online course for psychological first aid (PFA) training to help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19. It takes an hour a week for three weeks and is available at the FutureLearn website HERE.
FutureLearn also have a course on helping Young People manage low mood and depression in the context of Covid-19 that takes two hours a week over two weeks. It is HERE.
Sid Valley Help CIO AGM held on 29 September
The Annual General Meeting of the Sid Valley Help CIO was held by zoom video conferencing on 29 September as part of a network meeting for linked organisations and stakeholders. Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2019/20 were approved and they are available on the Downloads page of this website.