The Positive People team at Active Plus are always working with others to promote healthy mindsets, building individuals confidence and self-belief in their personal capabilities.

Often, the greatest impact is through the courses we run, using peer to peer support to really bring out the best in individuals alongside our fantastic course leaders and delivery teams. However, during these unusual times we have had to reassess our methodologies and rethink our connection with the participants.

Our course leader Lucy has been running online ‘coffee mornings’ via zoom, encouraging participants to learn new computer skills by simply accessing the technology! These ‘coffee mornings’ have been a great success with participants engaging and sharing their own coping techniques during the lock down.

This helps people realise they are not alone during the pandemic, they are able to remotely and safely meet others, possibly the only interaction they do have. It has proven to be a great boost to their and our wellbeing.

 Our Change Coaches have been continuing their fantastic work within the community, doing daily welfare calls to participants and supporting them as best they can at the moment. Our Change Coach Manager has been busy delivering food boxes to vulnerable participants and helping with housing issues.

“One of my participants was referred (by me) to Outlook Southwest, under their Research project for people who have diabetes and other related illnesses: Integrated IAPT Mental Health and Physical Health Service – Healthy Outlook.  He has found this incredibly useful and has been given information on how his eating/drinking habits can in turn effect his mental health. He has also been given vital strategies for anger management noticing signs of anxiety rising.”

These interventions have a huge impact on people’s wellbeing and their ability to cope longer term.