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We all want to live long, happy, healthy lives – see below for more information on health and wellbeing issues.

Coronavirus: Ideas and activities for maintaining wellbeing

We have created a guide to looking after your wellbeing at home, along with a number of resources to keep the kids busy - there are educational and fun activities for them to complete, plus some ideas on how you can use this time together as a family. We have also produced some resources that can be used in communal areas and large buildings - you can find these on our Customer Hub website.

Are you experiencing low mood, anxiety, or have you had a loss? Feeling worried, lonely, isolated, or not feeling 'quite right’?

We all struggle with our mental health at times, and we all need support. Talking it through can help and it’s important that you know you are not alone. Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. 

Breathing Space is a FREE confidential service offering you support and guidance by phone, text, or digitally.

Breathing Space supports Orbit customers who are experiencing difficulties with mental health issues. Breathing Space aims to prevent problems occurring or worsening, tackling the causes rather than dealing with the consequences. Our ultimate goal is to support our customers to be in control of their lives and feel empowered to contribute to their community and society.

Anyone can refer a customer to this service, with their consent, and customers can self-refer. 

How can we help?

Option 1

You can register for anonymous support via our digital online platform, Togetherall. This service is available for customers aged 16+ and focuses on digital support.

Togetherall is designed to help people get support, take control and feel better. It provides 24/7 peer-to-peer and professional support (from experienced clinicians who are always online), plus a range of courses and tools to help people self-manage their wellbeing. This service is safe, anonymous and free to all Breathing Space customers. You can visit www.togetherall.com/joinnow/orbit to self refer.

Option 2

You can receive confidential support from our partner organisation, Mind. This service is for customers aged 18+ and offers support via telephone, text, and Skype.

Their experienced recovery workers will provide:

  • Space and time for you to talk
  • Advice and signposting to specialist and community services
  • Individualised coaching and information sessions
  • Mentors for personal goal setting and weekly support
  • Self-help tools to grow and develop skills and qualities
  • Where appropriate, fully-trained volunteers can enable people to build connections and enhance their own sense of well-being.

If you feel that this could be beneficial to you or a close friend or family member, and you are over 18 years of age, you can:

MIND will then get in touch with you.

Want to get out and meet new people?

There are different ways we can help you including keeping in contact with your family or helping you to get out and meet new people.

Our Super Surfer grant can help you get online. We can even teach you how to make video calls so you can talk to and see your family. To apply click here.

If you’d like to get involved with a local club or learn a new activity and meet new people, our Kick-Starting grant can help you get out and about. Our staff will contact you and find out how we can help and what’s available in your area. Click here to apply.

National organisations

There are a number of national befriending organisations. To help you find one in your area, visit the Befriending Networks website

Don’t forget to do our postcode search to see what’s on near you.

Still can’t find the help you need? Our skilled team are here to help. We can put you in touch with the right people at the right time. Ready when you are. Start TODAY by clicking here.

Relationships and family

Look here for further information on a wide range of topics including: moving in with a partner; getting married; children and young people; making a will and ending a relationship.

Is your child is having a problem at school?

You may be aware that your child has a problem at school either because your child has told you, or you have been told by the school. As a parent, if you have been experiencing problems with a school and informal discussions have not been successful, you may wish to take further action. When trying to solve a problem, you need to be clear about what the official procedures are for resolving the problem. Click here to find out the steps you should take.

I want to stay independent and in my own home

From voluntary services and local meal delivery, to transport options and equipment that could help, there are options to help you stay living on your own when you need support. Click here for more information.

Still can’t find the help you need? Our skilled team are here to help. We can put you in touch with the right people at the right time. Ready when you are. Start TODAY by clicking here.

I want to live a healthier lifestyle

There are many things you may want to improve or quit to have a healthier lifestyle. A few of these are:


If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented! Activity doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good. Sport England have some ideas for how to keep moving, wherever you are.

Losing weight

Check these pages out for NHS information and advice on how to shed those extra pounds.

Stopping smoking

There are practical, quick and simple steps you can take NOW to quit successfully –follow this link to find out more.

Cooking on a budget

It’s still possible to find tasty and healthy food. Click here for information about shopping and cooking healthily.

My health condition and any costs

To find out more about your health condition find an A-Z of advice and support by clicking here.

Need help with any health costs?

Most NHS treatment is free but there are a number of things for which there may be charges. Find out here what services you might be charged for and whether you might be eligible for help with these costs.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse (also sometimes called domestic violence) is a pattern of abusing and controlling behaviour which often escalates over time.  It is more common than people think; it can happen between partners and within families. For more information and support please click here.

If you are worried about your own personal safety, or the safety of another family member during coronavirus isolation, you can get advice and support from the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit their website www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Our website also gives details of advice and support services.

To download our domestic abuse - a guide to support available leaflet please click here

Bright Sky is an app that provides support and information for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or someone concerned about a friend or family member. The app is also available for use by employers and service providers.

In an emergency situation, or if you think there is a risk of violence to you or someone else, do not hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the police.


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