TIM DREW: Resilience courses offered to volunteers

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

An important opportunity for West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force volunteers to participate in resilience courses has been offered by Coastal West Sussex Mind.

These courses are also being offered to police, ambulance, fire and search and rescue personnel.

Their main objective is to prepare volunteers to be able to deal with the stress of dealing with emergency situations.

The course content draws on Mind’s expertise in mental health wellbeing and resilience, combined with input from emergency services staff with first-hand experience of the pressures of the role.

Such training is the more valuable given that Mind’s independent research shows that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem in any one year.

The estimated quarter of a million people who work and volunteer in the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to get support. By finding better ways to cope with these, there is less danger of volunteers developing serious mental health problems and their chances of staying well – whatever the job or, indeed, life in general, throw at them – will improve. We wish to record our thanks to our Town Crier Bob Smytherman, who is also a trustee of Coastal West Sussex Mind, for alerting us to this opportunity.

Two courses will be run in Worthing on Monday, September 7, and Monday, November 2, with another in Littlehampton on Monday, October 5.

To sign up, please visit www.mind.org.uk/BlueLightCourse

• On Tuesday, August 11, PCSO Ben Cruise will host his surgery between 7pm and 8pm at the West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring.

• On Wednesday, August 12, PCSO Carol Fulcher’s surgery will be held at Goring Library, Mulberry Lane, Goring, between 10.15am and 11am.

• PCSO Sally Haggis will also be available for a chat on Wednesday, August 12, outside the Gala Bingo, in Rowlands Road, between midday and 12.30pm.

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