A LUDLOW community group has ambitious plans to resume and extend its work with families and younger people in the town.

As Covid-19 restrictions ease ‘Hand Together Ludlow’ will resume some of the activities that it had to cut back or put on hold.

In addition to the work with the wider adult community. Hands Together Ludlow is setting up new, or reopening, provision that is aimed at young people.

This will include managing the development of mental health drop in sessions in Ludlow, supported by the Mayors Charity, Ludlow Young Health, where young people aged between 10-25 are offered a safe space on a weekly basis to talk about issues and concerns that effect their emotional health and wellbeing.

Small group work will explore specific issues, such as stress, self-esteem and anxiety to enable young people to express their feelings, worries, concerns and aspirations, and developing coping strategies to help them move forward.

This project will be set up to start in September 2021 and will be widely publicised.

Hands Together Ludlow is heavily involved in Social Prescribing for adults. Social Prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services.

It will be part of a wide range of support that will be offered for young people including, healthy eating, mentoring support for ages 10 plus and creative activities. Referral can be made via a health practitioner or directly from a young person.

A mother and toddler group will be opened in the autumn, which will support mums and their children who need additional help due to anxiety, post-natal depression or other complex needs.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives for people of all ages but those that are isolated and lonely have been particularly badly hit. Schooling from home has meant added pressure for families.