Staff and Customers of Halton Housing’s extra care scheme Naughton Fields and head office, Waterfront Point have been attending a hugely successful mental fitness programme, delivered in conjunction with rugby league charity, RL Cares and State of Mind.
The “Offload” programme, promoted in partnership with Widnes Vikings reached out to gentlemen to provide support for those who have experienced mental health issues. It also provided an opportunity for Halton Housing staff to gain more information on mental health in order for them to provide effective support for customers.
During the six-week programme, Widnes Viking representatives covered a variety of topics on dealing with mental health issues. Attendees also heard from numerous different guest speakers who were happy to share their own stories and experiences.
Halton Housing’s Health and Wellbeing Officer, Cheryl Rose-Coulthard said: “We were delighted to work in collaboration with Widnes Vikings on this programme. Feedback from this programme has been incredibly positive and has not only provided opportunity for community cohesion within our sheltered schemes but has also empowered our own staff to feel much more comfortable and confident when talking about mental health within our workplace. One member of staff stated, ‘I was at this session this week and it was brilliant. I left feeling 10ft tall and I’ve no idea how.’”
Head of Education at the Vikings, Liam Clark, added: “It was great for our community team to branch out with the Offload programme and reach a new demographic within the area. Since the launch of the programme we have experienced a lot of success and these last six weeks have been no different. I’d like to thank Halton Housing for inviting us in and we hope that our delivery leaves a lasting effect on its customers and staff.”
The programme compliments Halton Housing’s recent signing of the ‘Time to Change Employer Pledge’, cementing its commitment to help reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.
Weekly drop-in Offload sessions are held at Halton Stadium every Tuesday at 6:30pm, free and open to all men wanting to develop their mental resilience.