Connect to Support Hampshire update – February 2022

10/02/2022

We hope this update will be useful in highlighting resources on the Connect to Support Hampshire website as well as key messages from the Adults’ Health and Care department at Hampshire County Council.

Time to Talk

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. Connect to Support Hampshire has an array of information to support individuals with their mental health – this includes mental health and recovery, helping yourself, wellbeing centres and links through to mental health support if you are LGBT+.

In addition, the community directory signposts to services, helplines and activities that can support people with improving their mental health. Various categories can also be searched such as counselling and support and sports and exercise. The Marketplace has listings for care homes and home care providers who support people with mental health conditions. It also lists individuals and businesses who offer activities and therapies, counselling and sports and exercise.

Financial Support

Connect to Support Hampshire has advice and support on money worries, which includes information on emergency food, housing advice and fuel hardship. A reminder to check the news and events page – it is currently promoting the Financial help for carers scheme which has been extended to end of March 2022.

Exploring the Marketplace

Have you ever been asked to source a mobile hairdresser or a podiatrist? Did you know the Marketplace has specific categories for mobile hairdressers and foot care. You can also promote the website to individuals or businesses who want to sign up to the Marketplace, which is free to do so. The information, along with the Code of Conduct, can be found on the information for providers page – send this link to those wanting to find out more.

Reminder: The Google translate widget is also easily accessible via both desktop computer and mobile – a handy feature to mention if you are supporting residents whose first language is not English.

Events

  • We were invited to ‘raise a glass’ at Open Sight’s 100th virtual birthday event. A reminder; Connect to Support Hampshire has a number of services, activities and helplines which support people with sight and/ or hearing loss – have a browse (don’t forget to flip between the local and national tabs). If your organisation is thinking about hosting an event, please do get in touch with us as we can support by attending.

Adults’ Health and Care department

Local Solutions grant

  • The vision for Adults’ Health and Care is “for Hampshire residents to live long, healthy and happy lives with the maximum possible independence”. These grants are designed to support this vision.

Get Going again grant

  • The Getting Going Again Fund seeks to support the development of sustainable solutions to help people classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable/Clinically Vulnerable and their families in Hampshire recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Money has been spent in Rushmoor, Gosport and Test Valley and we would love applications from Basingstoke and New Forest

To find out more and to apply visit the Local Solutions Grant and the Get Going Again grant pages on the Hampshire County Council website.

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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