Wellbeing cafés launched across Selby

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Horton Housing is to start running wellbeing cafés funded by North Yorkshire County Council across the Selby district to support adults with mental health issues.

The cafés are aimed at people aged 18 and over who have, or are at risk of, developing mental health issues, and their family members and carers. They will start in October.

The aim of the cafes is to:

  • provide practical support, information and advice;
  • enable people to get involved in their local community and reduce social isolation;
  • offer activities and informal learning to support self-care and develop life skills;
  • support access to employment, training, education and volunteering;
  • raise awareness of mental health issues.

The cafes will run from the following venues and times from 1 October:

  • Selby Town – Cunliffe Centre, Petrie Avenue, Selby, YO8 8DJ – Tuesday 2 – 4pm
  • Sherburn – Harold Mills House, North Crescent, Sherburn-In-Elmet, LS25 6DD – Wednesday 10am – 12pm; Fortnightly
  • Eggborough – Methodist Church, Selby Road, DN14 0LP – Wednesday 10am – 12pm; Fortnightly
  • Selby Town – Coultish Centre, Charles Street, YO8 4DA – Wednesday 2 – 4pm
  • Tadcaster – Calcaria House, Windmill Rise, LS25 9HR – Thursday 2pm – 4pm

There will also be a number of pop-up events in rural areas of Selby which will be advertised locally.

The cafés are run on a drop-in basis, so people are welcome to come in at any time during the opening hours for refreshments and a chat.

Hannah Brown, Services Manager at Horton Housing, said: “We hope that these cafés provide an environment where people feel happy and relaxed, as well as feeling able to access support to work towards overcoming any barriers created by mental health issues.”

County Councillor Michael Harrison, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said: “Helping people to improve and maintain good mental health is a key priority for us. Despite having considerable budget challenges, the County Council has protected social care mental health spending and has invested in additional specialist staff, as well as wider mental ill-health prevention work through our Stronger Communities and Living Well services.

“The new wellbeing cafes will play a big part in developing the mental health support services we and our partners are investing in across North Yorkshire.”

The programme of activities for each café will be updated monthly on the Horton Housing in Selby Facebook page and @HortonSelby on Twitter. Further details of the service are available on www.hortonhousing.co.uk/horton-wellbeing-cafe