January 2022 Talk Community

Talk Community Newsletter

7 January 2022

Happy New Year!

Tea and toast anyone?

If you’re in the Ledbury area on Monday, why not pop along to our fabulous Talk Community Hub at Ledbury Methodist Church & Meeting Centre? Their Place of Welcome hub is open to all ages from 9am to 12:30pm, with the promise of lots of friendly conversation over tea and toast (or coffee!).

They’re also on hand to help people use the internet to search for jobs or update their CV, along with using our awesome Talk Community Directory to provide wellbeing information and signposting to hundreds of local services, groups and activities.

To find out more about all of our hubs, visit www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/hubs.

Looking to make a difference this year?

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to make a BIG difference in 2022, why not become an overnight carer for a child with disabilities?

Our colleagues at Herefordshire Council are recruiting carers to its sleepover scheme to provide overnight short breaks for children with disabilities across the county. This extremely rewarding role enables a child with disabilities to stay with a carer and their family, at regular intervals throughout the year, in the carer’s home.

If you’re ready to make an amazing difference to a local child’s life, read the full story on our newsroom.

Have you booked your free mental health course?

We’re delighted to provide more free mental health training courses for our Talk Community partner organisations in 2022.

The courses will help parish councils, community groups and voluntary organisations support the mental health and wellbeing of local residents, along with volunteers and staff. They can help you feel more comfortable and confident to talk about mental health and wellbeing and how to respond when issues arise.

Mental Health Awareness Training: Three hour course

This three hour course is designed and delivered by Herefordshire Mind and will enable you to understand more about wellbeing and mental health and what it means for you and your community.





Thursday 20 January

Wednesday 26 January

10am – 1pm

1:30pm – 4:30pm


Friday 4 February

Wednesday 9 February

Thursday 17 February

10am – 1pm

1:30pm – 4:30pm

10am – 1pm

Museum of Cider

Pomona Place, Hereford, HR4 0EF

Wednesday 2 March

10am – 1pm

Ledbury Community Centre

Lawnside Road, Ledbury, HR8 2AE

Friday 11 March

10am – 1pm

The Hope Centre

Hereford Road, Bromyard, HR7 4QU

Thursday 17 March

10am – 1pm

Mental Health First Aid Training: Two day course

This internationally recognised and certified two day training course will give you the skills and confidence to become a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. The course would normally cost £300 per person, but is currently completely free.




Museum of Cider

Pomona Place, Hereford, HR4 0EF

Tuesday 15 February
Wednesday 16 February

Thursday 17 March

Wednesday 23 March

9am – 5pm

The Larruperz Centre

Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7QD

Friday 1 April

Friday 8 April

9am – 5pm

How to book your free sessions…

Food banks and community larders in Herefordshire

If you need to refer someone you’re supporting to a local food bank, but you’re not sure where they are, we’ve got a handy list all in one place for you on the Talk Community Directory, alongside community larders and food shares.

Please note there may be a referral / voucher process in place, which will be confirmed by the individual food banks.

To find out more, take a look at www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/foodbanks.

Have your say on domestic abuse services in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council is currently developing and enhancing additional local domestic abuse services, with funding from the Government, in line with the implementation of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Domestic abuse is one of the most prevalent crimes in England and Wales. It can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial and can happen to anyone regardless of background, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexuality.

From April 2020 to March 2021, there were 1,354 domestic abuse incidents reported in Herefordshire. However, it’s widely understood that domestic abuse is under reported locally and nationally.

The council would like to hear from anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse or knows someone who has, particularly if you feel it would be difficult for you / them to access services or support.

The consultation closes on Wednesday 19 January 2022 and to have your say, visit Herefordshire Council’s website.

Domestic abuse support for men in Herefordshire

West Mercia Women’s Aid believe that every person has the right to live their lives free from abuse, including men. They offer a bespoke programme of one to one support and a free 24 hour helpline for men in Herefordshire, who are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

If you or anyone you know needs some additional support, please call 0800 014 9082, e-mail helpline@westmerciawomensaid.org or visit the West Mercia Women's Aid website.

Covid-19 update

There is still local and national Covid-19 information and support available.

Local data: Understanding Herefordshire Covid-19 summary website

Local information: Herefordshire Council website

Local vaccinations: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group website

National guidance: Government website

Urgent medication supplies: NHS website / call NHS 111

Talk Community helpline: The helpline is still available to help residents, who don’t have support from family, friends or their local community, with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending (this includes those who are self-isolating).

Call: 01432 260027
E-mail: talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk
Online: Coronavirus - Talk Community support


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