Tiverton Wellbeing

Our Social Prescribers provide personalised one-to-one support for our patients. If you're going through a tough time, Tiverton Wellbeing is here to listen and provide practical advice. The team works collaboratively with GPs and other healthcare professionals, community and voluntary organisations, as well as other service providers in the area.

How does it work?

  1. At your appointment, we will help you explore what is important to your health and wellbeing and talk about any challenges you may be facing.
  2. You will have plenty of time to talk about what matters to you. Everything we discuss will remain confidential, unless we have serious concerns about your ability to keep yourself safe, or we feel you may pose a risk to others. We would always talk to you about this first.
  3. Your Social Prescriber may suggest things you could do to help improve your situation. They may introduce you to local activities, services and organisations who could provide additional support.
  4. Your Social Prescriber will also help to identify ways you can help yourself in the future.

We can signpost you to services that can help with:

  • Employment, education, training and volunteering opportunities
  • Housing, benefits and financial support advice
  • Healthy living and weight loss support
  • Social, hobbies and interest groups
  • Therapy and support groups

What do our patients say?

"[My Social Prescriber] was very helpful and found some very good things for me to watch or read. I was very low when we first started talking and I feel a lot better having had the help and support from her. It was just so lovely to unload a lot of stuff without any judgement and I knew it would go no further. Thank you so much ūüėä"

What is currently available?

  • Goal setting group ‚Äď this weekly session offers you the chance to come together with like-minded people who wish to make positive changes in their lives and would like some peer support to consider wellbeing goals and make small achievable steps towards those goals. The invitation is there to come and set weekly goals, talk through goals, share feedback and consider solution focused ideas in relation to any problems faced.
  • Talking Hub ‚Äď a weekly, friendly, welcoming, informal group that comes together to meet new people and to share information on local groups and activities. We often have a fun quiz, followed by activities including crafting, games, puzzles whilst enjoying a cuppa and chat. ¬†

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness and why practice it? 

Mindfulness is described as maintaining moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing, non-judgmental lens. 

Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them‚ÄĒwithout believing, for instance, that there‚Äôs a ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúwrong‚ÄĚ way to think or feel in each moment. When we practice mindfulness, we tune into what we‚Äôre sensing in the present moment rather than considering the past or imagining the future.¬†Mindfulness can help support management of pain, stress, anxiety, low mood and living with a long-term condition. At the workshop you will begin to learn the key attitudes to bringing mindfulness practice into daily life as well as learning about a longer mindfulness course that might be of interest. ¬†

If you would like to find out more and join the waiting list for our next workshop, please get in contact using the details below.

How do I access the service?

You can ask for support from us by referring yourself via a website called Joy. Click the button below to get started, then click 'Make a referral'. Please note that you must be a registered patient at Amicus Health (Clare House and Bampton Surgeries) or Castle Place Practice to be accepted.

You could also be referred to us by your GP or by another organisation.

If you have any questions then please email us at d-icb.tivertonwellbeing@nhs.net or leave us a voicemail on 01884 210438.

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MID DEVON MESSENGER

Mid Devon Messenger offers access in a variety of ways to access and listen to the Talking Newspaper which is suitable for anyone who struggles to read a paper (which can be due to a physical disability or cognitive impairment) and not just sight loss. Contact helen@middevonmessenger.org.uk Mid Devon Messenger | A Talking Newspaper for the Visually Impaired
They have also recently set up various¬†groups and activities for the blind and visually impaired. ¬†These have been well received and, as a VI member of their community has said,¬†‚Äėthey are making a phenomenal difference to those with sight loss‚Äô. ¬†Here are details of the events:

Somerset Sight Mobile Advisory Service - first Tuesday of the month, 10:30am to 3:30pm at the Tesco car park in Tiverton and Cullompton on alternate months.  Donna, the Advisor, is able to help/advise with all issues relating to sight loss, equipment is available for demonstration and sale.  No appointment necessary.

Macular Society Support Group - first Thursday of the month, 10:00am to 12 noon Old Heathcoat School Community Centre, £3 per attendance.  Next meeting Thursday 6th July.  Further details, contact group leader Lil Minns on 07977 668153
Macular Society Support Group - third Thursday of the month, 10:00am to 12 noon Hayridge Centre, Cullompton, £3 per attendance.  Next meeting Thursday 20th July at Bridwell Park for coffee and cake - they will be joined by Tiverton MS Group for this occasion.  Further details, contact group leader Teresa Cummings on 01884 32565

VI Indoor Bowling Club - regular dates are changing to accommodate outdoor bowling during the Summer.  Next meetings:  Thursday 6th July and Thursday 20th July from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Mid Devon Indoor Bowling Club, Chapel Street, Tiverton.  Woods, shoes, coaching, refreshments provided free of charge.  For further details contact Helen on 07834 688838

VI Walking Group - monthly walks for the visually impaired, with trained sighted guides.  Next walk is along the canal from Halberton to Sampford Peverell, stopping for coffee along the way, on Friday 21st July at 10:00am.  Transport provided.  For further details contact Robin on 07434 032880

Dates of all upcoming events are announced on the Mid Devon Messenger recordings weekly.

Free audible books available and arranged, by post, on visiting every new listener.

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