HUNDREDS of Worcestershire residents have already benefited from the free service at Pershore’s Wellbeing Hub, which is open to everyone regardless of their age or where they live.

Recently retired GP Chris Perks, a key member of the team, said: “The Hub’s aim is to enable everyone in our community to lead healthier, happier lives, making use of our strong network of mutually supportive services.

“The Hub offers a safe space where you can seek out a friendly ear, where trained men and women will listen, support, and enable you to live a healthier and happier life.

“The Hub offers assistance if you’re finding it difficult to navigate bureaucracy, for example with completing official forms, applying for Attendance Allowance or dealing with letters and bills.

“The Hub can also help you with problems at work, parenting, caring for elderly relatives, managing stress and anxiety, and many more issues.

Ian Birth, a Hub volunteer and former assistant principal, said: “Whilst we don’t always know all the answers, we can certainly direct you to someone who does.”

 Fiona Warman, a volunteer who worked as a criminal lawyer before joining the Hub, added: “We don’t want to tell you what to do, but we do want to work with you to help find solutions that work for you.” 

 

 

 

As well as providing immediate support and advice, volunteers at the Hub guide people to existing services within the locality, linking with key partners such as Number 8, the Leisure Centre and the Volunteer centre.

Charlie Matthews, a trained educational psychologist said:  “Our website is vital in extending our reach to the wider community, making us accessible, welcoming, and up to date, and includes a thorough, searchable directory of local services.

“In short, we are the Local Information Centre for all services that can benefit people’s wellbeing.”

 The Hub organisers are aware that whilst its current location at 4 High Street, Pershore, is great for the town’s residents, not everyone who might benefit from the Hub’s services can get there easily.

Gill Perks, chairperson also a recently retired GP, hopes that the Hub can help people in the wider community: “We want to facilitate development of supportive small groups taking place in various venues throughout the community.”

For more details about the Hub, go to www.pershorewellbeinghub.co.uk