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HealthMakers peer support and self-management

Whether you’re living with physical or mental health difficulties, or struggling with your general wellbeing, you may be finding it difficult to cope or adjust at the moment.

Our HealthMaker volunteers can help you become more confident in managing and improving your health and wellbeing, by sharing their own experiences to encourage and guide you.

We offer a combination of both peer support and structured self-management courses and workshops to help you learn essential skills to help you feel able to better manage your own wellbeing.

Supporting services

Our HealthMakers volunteers will listen to you and offer peer support and advice on other appropriate services for your situation. They can support you to self-refer or assist with the referral to other services if we think it will help.

We work closely with our Wellbeing Service and Talking Therapies Service, as well as self-care and prevention services across East Berkshire.

Virtual Pop In Cafes (1 hour)  

Our Virtual Pop In Cafés are a safe and friendly place to access peer support. They provide an opportunity for your experiences to be heard and a chance to get guidance and support while you gain confidence in self-management skills. 

These sessions are open to anyone living in East Berkshire:

  • Every Tuesday at 1.30pm 
  • Alternate Mondays at 2pm and Thursdays at 11am

 

Book your place

You can sign up directly to any of our online sessions by emailing us.

You don’t need to be referred by a GP to access HealthMakers but you do need to be registered with a GP in East Berkshire.

Please include your full name, contact phone number, email address, the name of the East Berkshire GP practice you are registered with and your NHS number.

Email HealthMakers@berkshire.nhs.uk

Introduction to Self-Management Course (3 sessions)

Thursdays, 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Our online course covers essential skills and knowledge to help you manage your own health and wellbeing, regardless of the specific difficulty you are experiencing.

Topics include goal setting, goal follow up, building resilience and support networks.

Each 90 minute session allows you to discuss these skills and benefit from the support provided by other participants and our HealthMakers volunteers who facilitate these sessions. 

Goal Setting Workshop (1 hour)

This is a stand-alone workshop that explores the skills required for effective goal setting, which is an essential tool in managing your own wellbeing. 

Goal Follow-up (1 hour, weekly)

Thursdays, 7pm

Following on from either the Introduction to Self-Management Course or the Goal Setting Workshop, these are sessions that take place weekly but which you can attend on an ad hoc basis to develop your goal setting skills further as part of your ongoing self-management.

Book your place

You don’t need to be referred by a GP to access HealthMakers but you do need to be registered with a GP in East Berkshire.

You can sign up directly to any of our online sessions by emailing us.

Please include your full name, contact phone number, email address, the name of the East Berkshire GP practice you are registered with and your NHS number.

Email HealthMakers@berkshire.nhs.uk

While we can offer support around issues affecting your mental health and emotional wellbeing, we’re not a specialist mental health service.

If we think it will help you, we may guide you to one of our mental health services.

You can contact our community mental health services if you need urgent mental health support.

Visit our webpage for information on accessing mental health support  

You don’t need to be referred by a GP to access HealthMakers.

We're available for contact Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm.

Email HealthMakers@berkshire.nhs.uk

We’re looking for new HealthMakers to join our team and support others to self-manage their health and wellbeing.

To access HealthMakers, you need to be over 18 and able to role model good self management.

You must live in East Berkshire, or be registered with a GP in East Berkshire, which includes Ascot, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Sandhurst, Slough, and Windsor.

To find out more or to register your interest in volunteering email us at healthmakers@berkshire.nhs.uk