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Local Events, Programmes, Services and Courses

Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire (WISH)        

WISH can help with information about a range of services including adult and children's social care, clubs and organsiations, health and education matters. If it might improve people's health and wellbeing, WISH should be able to point you in the right direction.    

Lets TalkLets Talk Logo

Let's Talk is a free NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.  Managing our daily routine can sometimes be a challenge and we all have to deal with a number of competing demands that can make us feel stressed, anxious or feeling low.  One in four people will experience these sorts of problems in any one year.  So in fact, it's really common but if the situation gets worse and starts to affect your daily like, then that is when seeking support can help you feel more like yourself again.  

Let's Talk offer guidance, courses and talking therapies that give you the skills and techniques to manage stress, anxiety and depression.  Their trained therapists and practitioners offer a wide range of courses and talking therapies to help manage difficult days, lift your mood and improve your overall wellbeing.  


 Addaction offer a recovery focussed drug and alcohol service to the residents of Herefordshire.   Addaction accept referrals directly from patients, from friends or family members as well as from healthcare professionals such as your GP.  Addaction Herefordshire offers information, advice and support for people with drug and alcohol issues every weekday, and on alternative Saturdays.

There is a young people’s service for those aged 11+. Our recovery-focused service has bases in Hereford as well as outreach via partner organisations. We aim to support people to overcome their issues and develop the skills necessary to go on to live a fulfilling life in recovery. We also support the families of people with substance misuse issues.

Contact the ElderlyContact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is a small national charity that aims to alleviate the acute loneliness often felt by older people.  Once a month on a Sunday afternoon a group of 4 -5 volunteer drivers pick up a group of older guests and together they go to the home of a volunteer host where they can enjoy an afternoon together, chatting and enjoying each other's company.

It is the same drivers and older members that get together every month allowing for special bonds to form.  The groups go to different volunteer host's homes, but go back to the same hosts year after year.  This way the older people get to know families and individuals and once again they feel part of the world they have become excluded from. 

To become a member of one of the groups the older person will have to be over 75, live alone and be able to walk to a car only assisted by a helping hand.  Contact the Elderly is a free service.  



Let's Talk Perinatal Mental Health

Lets Talk is developing its services for women who are pregnant, and men and women who have children under 1 year.  All pregnant women and men and women with children under year are prioritised.  They should receive an assessment within 2 weeks and treatment one month after that.

We have developed a course called: Emotional Wellbeing for New Parents.  The course is designed for new Mums and Dads who are finding things a little difficult to help them maintain their wellbeing at this stressful time.  The 5 steps they will learn about on the group are:

1. Looking after yourself, addressing diet, sleep and activities.
2. Liking yourself, thinking in a balanced way, feeling more confident.
3. Finding happiness, time for relaxation and self-compassion.
4. Being with others, remaining connected.
5. Managing difficult days and difficult feelings.

The next course is at the Hope Centre, Bromyard from 15th April to 13th May 9.30 - 11.30 am.  Patients can refer through our Let's Talk website or the Hope Centre by telephoning 01885 488495.  More courses in other Children's Centres will follow.

Lets Talk have also started to use a guided self-help manual with women who are struggling after giving birth and in the first year.  It is called Gaining Control of Your Life with a Baby.  The workbook covers:

Understanding difficult feelings; setting goals; getting to know yourself; changing the way you behave; changing the way you think; bonding with your baby; helpful techniques; difficult days; useful information; six months on; further reading and helpful contacts.

Our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners go through the relevant parts of the workbook on the phone, and pay particular attention to areas the new mothers are finding difficult. 

Click the links below for fliers on the up and coming courses for Emotional Wellbeing for New Parents:

Emotional Wellbeing Course for New Patients - Coningsby Children's Centre

Emotional Wellbeing Course for New Parents - Hope Centre


Wheelchair Service - Herefordshire CCG

Herefordshire CCG are able to provide wheelchairs to those patients who require them.  If you think that you would benefit from a wheelchair please book an appointment to see your GP who can then refer you for assessment.  

Please click Wheelchair Service Information Leaflet - for more information about the Wheelchair Service in Herefordshire.

Active Now

A new Community Activity Scheme called Active Now has just been launched through Brightstripe Cultural Health C.I.C.

Active Now offers a variety of activities based in the community for all ages and abilities, run by a network of friendly fully qualified fitness instructors to support and motivate you.

All instructors are exercise referral qualified and some also specialise in cardiac rehabilitation, falls prevention, ante and post natal exercise, pulmonary rehabilitation and personal training skills.

Some of the the activities that are on offer are: walking for health, chair based exercise, pilates, tai chi, after school kids clubs, boot camps and gym for beginners.

Make the first step and call 01432 358232 to find the right activity to meet your goals and keep you motivated.

Click here for more information - Active Now

Get Set and Go

Herefordshire Mind have created an exciting new programme to help improve mental health, through physical activity.  Sessions are built around your needs and you'll get direct support from people who understand about personal challenges.  We'll help you find the sport or activity that works best for you.

Click here for more information - Get Set and Go

Expert Patients Programme 

If you suffer from a chronic illness or a long term health condition the Expert Patients Programme can provide you with advice on how to cope on a day to day basis.  Events are held around the County at various different types of locations to provide advice and information on chronic illnesses and the best way to cope in daily life.

For details of up and coming courses please visit the Wye Valley Trust Expert Patients Programme website page.

For more information please telephone: 01432 364463 or 07814477709 or email

Alzheimer's Society

Day Support at Harling Court

The Alzheimer's Society offer Day Support at Harling Court, Ledbury, every Thursday between 10am and 2pm.  This service allows carers to take a break safe in the knowledge that qualified care workers are providing support and stimulating varied group activities.

Get in touch with the Alzheimer's Society to book you free initial taster session.

Hereford Alzheimer's Society: 01432 371 137,

Ross-on-Wye Memory Cafe

Join the Alzheimer's Society at the Memory Cafe in Ross-on-Wye where you will be able to meet people with dementia, carers and professionals in a relaxed social setting for information and support.  

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Where: Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7QD

Group Coordinator: Claire McCarthy
Telephone: 01432 371137
Mobile: 07803 118202

Malvern Talking Newspaper for people with Sight Impairment

Did you know that you can access sound recordings of both the Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter?

If you are interested in receiving these recordings please contact Norma Pottinger as below:

Phone: 01684 561935

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