Mercia creates wellness hub with local support services

Published: Thursday, 22 February 2024

THE importance of being able to access the right information or even knowing of the existence of sources of help in the South Derbyshire area is nothing short of invaluable.

Often community members not doing okay or are struggling, might be unable to access the help or advice they need and ultimately are not living the best life they can aboard their boats, Mercia believes, adding:

Many challenges

Boating brings with it many challenges, different to living in bricks and mortar but also brings with it a great supportive environment, especially at Mercia Marina, a community like no other.

ViewAboveWith such a diverse and complex community, the size of a small village, there was an opportunity to proactively bring together on one evening the various experts to deliver an event with one focus; to support life aboard.

This second initiative at Mercia Marina was delivered on January 24th by Local Area Coordinator Charlotte Mining, supported by Helen Adcock of South Derbyshire CVS, Ellie Guest of Live Life Better Derbyshire, Tina Curran of Derbyshire Carers Association, Denise Austin of Derby County Community Trust, Paul Hemsil of Team Up Complex Needs Service and Holly Goodrich the Practice Manager at Willington Surgery.

Embrace their optimal lives

The event focused on showcasing the array of support services accessible in South Derbyshire, aiming to empower individuals residing aboard thei boats to embrace their optimal lives. Attendees uncovered valuable resources, gained insights into available support services, and identified reliable sources for assistance. Additionally, the gathering provided a wonderful occasion for conversation, enjoyment, and connection—an exceptional evening contributing to the overall well-being of the community.

Charlotte Mining, Local Area Coordinator for South Derbyshire told:

“A big thank you! The event went really well and we had a fantastic turn out. I have had some really positive feedback about the conversations that were had."

Holly Goodridge, Practice Manager at Willington Surgery remarked:

“The night was a massive success, congratulation on all your hard work.

"It was great to make connection with the marina team, residents and the other organisations."