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Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing is about how we feel and how well we are coping with day to day life.  We need good mental wellbeing to enable us to live a happy and healthy life where we can to do the things we want to do and have more positive relationships. Good mental wellbeing can also help us deal with uncertainty about the future.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing wellbeing chats

If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and feeling a little down, you can talk to someone, including in BSL.  The Royal Association of Deaf People provide a Wellbeing Live Chat on Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, and  Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 6pm. 

Highgate Newtown Community Centre (HNCC) Wellness Café

Everyone is welcome at HNCC's Wellness Café.  The cafe is located in St Michael’s Church in Highgate and offers:

  • a dementia café on Tuesdays that provides free arts and crafts activities and a support network where you can talk to others in confidence about issues and receive positive and caring advice
  • a general cafe on Tuesdays and Wednesdays that provides free arts and crafts activities and a support network where you can talk to others in confidence
  • a telephone befriending service on Thursday for a regular chat with a volunteer who is trained and matched with you.  The service is for people aged 55 and above.

The café is open between 10am and 4pm and there is no charge for visiting. At lunchtime, you are welcome to enjoy a 3 course meal at a cost of £2.50 per person.

To find out more about the Wellness Café, visit the website. Alternatively, contact Larraine on 07483 145 587 or email l.revah@hncc.org.uk.

Building Resilience programme (Age UK Camden)

Age UK Camden is delivering a Building Resilience Programme to support people age 50+ who are experiencing, or are about to have a 'life-changing event'.  A life-changing event is wide-ranging, and it could be retirement, bereavement, health problems, relationship breakdown, changes in financial circumstances, and many other situations where a person could benefit from in-depth support.  If you or the person you care for would like to receive in-depth support from the programme or would like to find out more, contact Jean Luc Dieudonne, Building Resilience Advisor at jeanluc@ageukcamden.org.uk

Camden Home Library service

Camden Home Library service will bring reading, music and films to your home every 4 weeks if you are housebound due to disability, limited mobility including due to an operation or accident, mental health issues, isolated, frail or vulnerable.  To find out more or register, email homelibraryservice@camden.gov.uk.

Free or low cost social activities and events

RecommendMe is a website that lists free or low cost social events and activities that you can attend online or in person.  Find out what's available at RecommendMe.

Camden Companion - essential guide to healthy living in Camden

The Camden Companion is a downloadable essential guide to healthy living in Camden.  It provides a directory of support and services you may wish to consider in Camden to help you stay well and connect with your local community.  

Additional resources

Gransnet has put together on their website 11 tips for staying positive, How to stay positive in self-isolation.

Information about talking to people and about befriending services is available in the Befriending section on Camden Care Choices.

Mind in Camden suggests 11 ways to manage isolation in their guidance on Coronavirus and your wellbeing.

Startup School for Seniors provides a free eLearning course aimed at people aged 50+ to help rebuild their confidence such as following redundancy.  It supports older people to realise all the creative skills they have and can help them to take their first steps towards self-employment and set up new businesses.

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