World WellBeing Week gives the opportunity to promote an overall awareness for the wide-range aspects of wellbeing. It also gives recognition to professionals in this sector and we’d like to shine a light on Signpost, our very own support service for Victims of Crime in Bedfordshire.
Nicola Cardall-Spawforth, Victim Care Supervisor said “Being a victim of crime can have a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing. At Signpost, the Bedfordshire Office of Police and Crime Commissioner’s victim support service, we understand and whether you have recently been a victim of crime or are experiencing delayed impact from a past crime, we are here to help and most importantly, help you recover. We are here to help you have a better quality of life to support you on your road to recovery.
Signpost has a team of experienced staff and volunteers who understand what emotions and challenges you may be going through and they are specially trained to listen and give wellbeing advice. Often just talking to someone, especially one who is independent from your family and friends, can help you make sense of what has happened, improve your overall wellness, and enable you to find a way to cope and recover. We provide a safe, neutral place for you to voice your worries and concerns, and our emotional support is confidential and non-judgemental”.
Signpost work closely with a range of specialist organisations and community support groups and can help to arrange support to further help improve wellbeing, and to continue to help victims cope and recover.
- Signpost provide support to all victims of crime over the telephone and are currently offering survivors of domestic abuse, face to face support sessions.
- Contact Signpost on freephone 0800 0282 887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – Opening hours – Monday to Friday 0800 – 2000 and Saturday 0900 – 1700, closed on bank holidays. Out of hours – leave a voicemail and one of the team will get back to you.
- They provide free and confidential support to anyone who feels they have been affected by crime, whether it has been reported to the police or not. This includes victims themselves, bereaved relatives, parents or guardians of victims under 18 and members of staff where a business has been the subject of a crime, irrespective of where and when the crime occurred.