Wellbeing

Looking after your own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of friends and family is vital. There is lots of support available throughout Doncaster that can help you manage your mental wellbeing and provide you with support.

Doncaster Council Wellbeing Team

The Wellbeing Team was created to ensuring that all residents of Doncaster have access to support, guidance and advice about problems and issues they may be experiencing. The team also aids with maximising independence within communities.

The team follows six wellbeing strands to provide support:

  • Adults seeking Mental Health support: We work with a range of statutory and local community agencies who are able to help you in various ways in relation to mental health.                                                                             
  • Adults seeking support for their Physical Health: The Well Being Team provide unique support unique to individuals, ensuring that they can stay independent for as long as possible in their own home. This could include supporting you to look at arranging home meal delivery services and helping to arrange community transport should you be struggling to access your community due to deteriorating mobility.
  • Adults affected by Social Isolation and Loneliness: It’s common for people to feel isolated at certain periods in their life, sometimes even if they’ve lived in a an area for a long time. Friends or neighbours may have moved away, or even family. Each region of Doncaster has a Well Being Officer who knows the area well, and can signpost, or even support you to attend, a whole range of community groups (e.g. coffee mornings, bingo groups, walking groups, chair based exercise to name a few).
  • Adults requiring support within their Environment or Housing: Looking for guidance on housing issues? Well Being Officers are able to complete minor adaptations to properties to minimise potential risk and injury whilst mobilising and going about your daily activities. If you are struggling with bills and your tenancy in general, we are also able to signpost you to other organisations who may be able to help you manage a tenancy; whether that be a private arrangement or a St Leger Homes property.
  • Adults at risk of Financial Exclusion: Well Being Officers have information and contacts for support organisations in the borough that may be able to help you: manage debt problems, happly for the correct benefits to maximise your income and access local and national grant schemes in a crisis or for a specific piece of support equipment you may require.
  • Adults who need Help: Well Being Officers are able to help you access support to tackle addictions, and to also reach out for support if you feel at risk. There are a range of Conversation Hubs where you can speak to the team in confidence if it’s difficult or inappropriate to speak at home.
  • Veteran & Carer Support: We work with a range of local and national charities that support both Veterans and Carers who may be struggling with various issues in their day to day life. If you are looking for Veteran support please visit our dedicated support page Armed Forces Support 
  • Group Support: If you are a member of a local community group, we can help you apply for both the SEED Fund or a Helping Hands Grant to support your group, but can also signpost to other organisations who can provide further funding support.

Well Doncaster

Well Doncaster works alongside local authorities, NHS organisations, business both big and small, community, voluntary, and faith organisations to genuinely find new ways of creating healthy communities in ten specific local places.

Well Doncaster is creating a movement of healthy communities across the borough. The team connects local people, health experts, public services, businesses, voluntary and community groups who’re all eager to make a difference. 

Doncaster Mind

Doncaster Mind offers wellbeing support in an around the borough. Offering a combination of:

They run a range of activities, guided learning and wellbeing sessions throughout the year through Peer Support groups providing a safe space for people to share experiences and develop coping strategies.

The wellbeing service is specifically for people aged 18 and over who wish to access support with mental health and wellbeing. It is free to access.

 Alcohol 

Cutting down on alcohol is good for us all (and good for our wallets too – the average person spends £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime!). Cutting down on alcohol brings a number of benefits that you may not have thought about:

  • You sleep better
  • Your skin condition can improve
  • It can help you to lose weight
  • It can improve your overall health and mental wellbeing.

To reduce your risk of harming your health, it is recommended that both men and women do not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. It is advised that if you drink as much as 14 units a week you spread your drinking over three days or more.

Top tips to help reduce the amount that you drink:

  • Think about adding alcohol-free days into your diary
  • Try an alcohol-free or low alcohol drink instead. 
  • Talk to your friends and family to let them know your plans, they may want to join in at the same time!

Many people drink to relax after a stressful day or if they are going through a difficult time in their life. However there are many productive methods aid with stress such as:

  • Reading a book
  • Talking with others
  • Heading out for a walk or exercising 
  • Trying some new activities in your local area

For more advice, follow the useful links on the right-hand side of this page.

Local help and support

If you are experiencing cravings when you cut back on alcohol, you could have become alcohol dependant without realising.

There are many supportive groups in Doncaster for people who would like to cut down on the amount that they drink - talk to your GP who can help you and they might help you access local alcohol services.

For further advice about overcoming an alcohol addiction contact Aspire Drug and Alcohol ServicesYou can also fins support via:

To find out more on health and wellbeing services available to you, visit Doncaster Council's health and wellbeing page.