Mental health charity is encouraging Doncaster people to get outside and to connect with others using technology

With winter on its way, a Doncaster charity is encouraging people to sign up to its services which include festive crafting via video calls and nature walks.

By Laura Andrew
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 12:30 pm

Jenni Hall, the Well Being Groups Coordinator of Doncaster Mind, said: “Due to the pandemic we’re focusing on bringing it back to basics in terms of looking after your mental health.

“Whether it’s through grief, job stress or anxiety I doubt anyone has been able to escape these past seven months completely fine.”

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Jenni Hall from Doncaster Mind.

Doncaster Mind is moving their services online for the foreseeable future but that does not mean that they are not offering multiple ways for people to look after their mental health.

Kat Woolley, Inspiring People Officer at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will soon be launching ‘The Tour of Potteric Carr From Your Armchair’ in collaboration with Doncaster Mind.

She will be filming herself walking around the nature spot in the hopes of bringing people closer to the outside world even if they can’t get out into it themselves.

Jenni said: “There is a dual purpose of the project as we want to encourage people to get out and about even if they have been hesitant to do so due to anxiety.

Services have become virtual due to the pandemic.

“People are worried about what rules are in place as they are constantly changing and don’t know where to wear masks or what facilities are open.

Doncaster Mind will be running a virtual craft group via Facebook which will encourage people to make festive themed items whilst having a chat with group members.

They’re also hosting a more general activity group via Zoom every Friday afternoon which will consist of quizzes and activities.

Doncaster Mind are teaming up with The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to help people connect with nature.

“These services are really important because people have been really disconnected and we need to reduce isolation,” Jenni said.

To book onto groups people can email [email protected] or call 01302 812190.

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Jamie Rosser is a Wellbeing Worker and will be running the Friday Quiz.