Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Housing association sees surge in demand for mental wellness support during pandemic

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Daran Bailey

 

Over 1,000 people have received mental wellness and resilience support from Devizes-based housing association Aster Group during the past year, the business has revealed.

With the ongoing pandemic impacting Aster customers and colleagues, the demand for its mental wellness and resilience training has meant the company has seen over 50 percent increase in sign-ups.

Daran Bailey (pictured) wellness and resilience programme lead at Aster, said: “Covid-19 has posed so many challenges during the past year and has taken a real tole on peoples mental health.

"We’ve been running digital sessions for colleagues and through the Aster Foundation we have been able to support our communities and help those affected by the pandemic by equipping them with strategies such as mindfulness, emotional wellbeing and resilience to help them cope.

"Offering our courses digitally has been a great success and enabled us to reach so many more people.”

Restrictions posed by the pandemic has resulted in most of the sessions having to be delivered digitally, which has also meant that local community organisations including Carer Support Wiltshire, Green Square Housing Association, Unity, Wiltshire CAB, Befree Young Carers, Enham Trust and 3-Sided Cube have been able to use the service too.

Mental wellness training is delivered by the Aster Foundation, a part of the housing association that invests in projects that improve lives and remove barriers to opportunity for those living in Aster’s community of more than 30,000 homes across southern England.