DORIS - Denbighshire Outreach Rural Information Service
DORIS is the Vale of Clwyd Mind’s mobile outreach vehicle, she has become well known at many rural locations and various events in rural Conwy and Denbighshire. She has been successful in “reaching parts that other services just couldn’t reach”. DORIS has safely carried nurses to farmer’s livestock markets to do blood pressure checks, we found this to be an excellent way of engaging with the farmers about mental health issues.
DORIS works in partnership with other health and social care organisations, she has been a fabulous stigma-busting tool and has piloted a variety of approaches to engaging with traditionally “hard to reach” groups in rural communities. The conclusions drawn from DORIS are that these groups are not “hard to reach” they are “more expensive to reach”. Mobile units like DORIS, adequately resourced and used creatively, can be very effective.
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