There were over 1,100 visits to the Surrey Virtual Wellbeing Hub on Healthy Surrey in the first week after launch. Over 70 people expressed an interest in wellbeing sessions available on the Hub in the first 10 days.

The Hub has been created for Surrey residents who want to access additional mental health and emotional wellbeing support, particularly during this pandemic when feelings of isolation and anxiety may be running high. From the comfort of their own home they can view, register and access online activities, including virtual coffee mornings, group chat sessions and tailored exercise classes.

The Hub is a joint partnership between Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, Surrey County Council, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Community Connections lead providers – Mary Frances Trust, Richmond Fellowship and Catalyst – and Surrey Coalition for Disabled People. Working together they managed to get the website up and running in just five weeks.

It is designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for connecting people to appropriate online mental health and emotional wellbeing support, either through self-referral or referral from a third party.

One resident who has been accessing the Hub said: “As a person who is totally blind and who lives alone, getting out in normal time, let alone during this period of lockdown, can be an immense challenge, I miss out on a number of social activities and support.

The ability to have access to so many virtual group activities levels the playing field and allows those activities to be on offer to people like me.  I have participated in shared conversations and all manner of stimulating activities at the touch of a button! Even having the opportunity for some simple gossiping is hugely beneficial for my wellbeing and feeling of being connected to others.”

To visit the Hub go to: virtualwellbeing.healthysurrey.org.uk/