This is a new proactive community engagement role which aims to make Histon and Impington a mental wellbeing friendly community. Working with the community and existing providers to develop, deliver and coordinate a range of activities and groups to promote mental wellbeing for all ages.
The main objectives of the role are
- Increase mental wellbeing awareness and break down barriers in the villages
- Assist with early intervention and prevention through new community initiatives
- Provide signposting and advocate for support services
In March 2017 Annabell Webb was appointed for an initial 2 year contract starting work at the beginning of April. Annabell commented “This is such an exciting opportunity. I can’t wait to get started to help people improve their mental wellbeing and tackle the stigma associated with mental health.”
The role originates from the work of the broadly based Histon and Impington Mental Wellbeing Forum which was formed in response to some tragic and challenging stories affecting young people in our community. With the pressures on mental health services, as well as the stigma that is still associated with them, the Forum came together to see what could be done at a local level. After a week of events in April 2016 it was felt that an ongoing approach was needed and funding has been secured for the Champion role.
The Champion will be employed by HICOM, the Histon and Impington Community Welfare Charity. HICOM is a village based charity whose principal objective is the general community wellbeing of residents of all ages in the villages of Histon and Impington. Formed in 1998, HICOM operates the village Minibus and employs the village Older Peoples Coordinator and assistant and is now working towards increasing awareness and understanding of mental wellbeing in the community.