Wellbeing Hubs in Norfolk and Waveney putting mental health front and centre of the community

22nd July 2022

Wellbeing Hubs across Norfolk and Waveney are breaking down barriers and putting mental health front and centre of the community.

Dr Ardyn Ross, Mental Health Clinical Lead for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (previously known as the Clinical Commissioning Group) said:

“Having community Wellbeing Hubs where people can drop in, without an appointment, to discuss their health and wellbeing and any issues that are affecting their mental health is invaluable in removing the stigma around mental health.

“After all we all have mental health – sometimes it’s good and sometimes we need support with it to stay well.”  

The fourth NHS-funded Wellbeing Hub – REST Aylsham – opened in July. Joining REST Norwich and Steam House Cafés at Gorleston and Kings Lynn. With the fifth Hub, called REST Thetford operating a daytime service currently and coming fully online later in the summer.

The Wellbeing Hubs are branded slightly differently to reflect local development. But they all have one important thing in common – they’re a safe space for people to get support for their mental health and wellbeing in their community. Including people experiencing significant mental distress.

With a café at the heart of the service. And a focus on wellness, not illness, there’s always a warm welcome and supportive staff to offer help, advice, or a listening ear.

The Steam House Café in Gorleston – run by Access Community Trust – has been a lifesaver for Lynn White.

She says: “I have a mental health problem and the staff here are absolutely brilliant. I come every day and they listen, and they are so kind and helpful. If you come in and just want to chat, you can.

“If it wasn’t for this place, I’m not sure I would have coped with my health. I have dissociative disorder and I do have bad attacks and they know what to do if I have one. It’s so relaxed and a perfect place to come.”

You can find out more about the REST Wellbeing Hubs by visiting the Mind Norfolk and Waveney website: https://www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk/

You can find out more about the Steam House Cafés by visiting the Access Community Trust website: https://www.accessct.org/social-enterprises/

Find out more about the Wellbeing Hubs