Talking shop set to improve services

Joanne Goulding, acting team manager at RDaSH.

Joanne Goulding, acting team manager at RDaSH.

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A Doncaster shop which provides drop-in advice on a wide range of health issues is gearing up to reach out to a wider section of the community.

The Talking Shop, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) at 63 Hall Gate, is now training two new psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWPs) to meet the needs of the Deaf and Polish speaking communities, in a drive to improve access to psychological therapies across the borough.

RDaSH acting team manager Joanne Goulding said: “Low mood, anxiety and stress can 
affect anyone at any time in their life.

“Our aim is to get everyone talking about their mental health, and to do that we’re making our talking therapies as accessible as possible.”

The trainee PWPs will soon be out and about in the community providing support.

They are Peter Shaw, who will provide a service for people using British Sign Language, and fluent Polish-speaking Kate Quick.

RDaSH, based at St Catherine’s in Balby, provides a range of mental health and community services in Doncaster and South Yorkshire and across the region.