Connect to Support Hampshire April Update

07/04/2022

We hope this update will be useful in highlighting resources on the website.

Stress Awareness Month – throughout April 

Stress Awareness Month highlights both the causes and cures of stress. Connect to Support Hampshire has a wide range of information and advice on Physical health, Mental Health, Exercise, Alcohol, Smoking, Eating well, Hydration and Sleep.

This year’s theme is ‘community’. Loneliness and isolation lowers people’s wellbeing, impacts mental health and can lead to mental illness. Social isolation is an important risk factor for both deteriorating mental health and suicide. Our mental health page provides lots of information and advice on mental health with ways to help yourself, get support and crisis support. Take a look at our Staying connected and independent page for ways to stay connected and get involved with the community.

The Community directory lists sports, social groups and lunch clubs under the community support/activities section. There’s also a section on education, employment and volunteering which is a great way for people to connect with others and learn a new skill, which can be a great boost to your mental health. We’ve recently added a new listing for the Stress Management Society which provides useful information about stress and how to manage and cope with it, as well as useful resources and guides.

Exercise classes for people aged 65 and above

The Steady and Strong programme welcomes over 65s in Hampshire who could benefit from regaining strength and balance post-pandemic. There are over 80 classes across the county, plus an online class, designed to help older people develop strength and stability to perform everyday actions and avoid falls.

Over 80,000 people over the age of 65 fall in Hampshire each year. Steady and Strong instructors are specially trained to teach exercises that help to reduce the risk of falling, helping participants to stay active and independent for longer. New participants are welcome and classes cost between £4 and £7.50. Many classes include a post-session cup of tea or coffee.

Utility Bills

Connect to Support Hampshire has a section on money worries to help those who may be struggling financially. There is a specific section on fuel hardship.

Recently added to the website

We thought you would like to know about new organisations recently added to Connect to Support Hampshire. Why not explore the links and signpost someone to these services and support?

New to the Community Directory

  • Re-engage (formerly known as Contact the Elderly) has launched a new Service: Rainbow Call Companion. This is a service specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus (LGBT+) people over 75 who would like to speak to someone who’s also LGBT+. It’s Lesbian Visibility Day on 26 April – our Mental Health page has a specific section for people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans.
  • Friends through pain is a social group for men and women living with chronic pain. Members come together each month, and because of their understanding and empathy, are able to support each other.
  • Acts of Kindness are based in the Fareham and Gosport area. They have a team to help anyone facing a crisis such, as having no food, needing clothes or furniture and more.

New to the Marketplace Directory

  • Homely Helper – A home help service for the elderly providing help with cleaning, shopping, gardening, form filling, appointments and companionship visits. Currently providing services for those in the SO18 and SO19 postcode area.

Facebook Reminder: Please ‘like’ the Connect to Support Hampshire Facebook page – where you’ll see us share current campaigns and other useful information throughout the year.

Thank you for reading this edition, if you have any queries please do get in touch connectsupport@hants.gov.uk.

From the Connect to Support Hampshire team.

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