Cambridge Regional College has teamed up with the ‘How Are You’ team at Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) to pilot the new H.A.Y Ambassador roles, which have been created to support the mental wellbeing project being delivered across Cambridgeshire.
Access to Higher Education: Health Professionals students, Teigan Price and Megan Sinfield are the first learners to have been signed up to the Ambassador role. H.A.Y. Ambassadors are volunteers working alongside the existing How Are You team within Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). Ambassadors support the project by talking to local people about the digital spaces the H.A.Y team are creating and connect new groups and activities to the project so they can be added to the project website.
H.A.Y. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough began as part of the Peterborough Community Mental Health Exemplar project. 12 national NHS-England community mental health pilot sites were chosen with the aim of using innovative approaches to transform community mental health services to provide ‘joined up’ physical, mental health and social care support that is easy to access and meets individual needs close to where they live.
This new approach acknowledges that mental health challenges can affect every aspect of an individual’s life, so the NHS, local authority, third sector and community organisations are all working together. The Community Mental Health Exemplar aims to create a supportive mental health network for everyone, whether their mental health challenges are mild, moderate or severe. Crucially our approach recognises that everyone has strengths, and that local community groups and organisations have a vital part to play in the health and wellbeing of the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Through the Peterborough project we coproduced www.HAYPeterborough.co.uk and are now in the process of rolling this work out around each of the Cambridgeshire districts.
You can find out more about the H.A.Y. Project at https://twitter.com/HAYCambsPboro
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