Residents across North Wales are being encouraged to make use of NHS community hubs across the region.

There are currently 12 iCAN Community Hubs located across North Wales, where people can access support without needing an appointment or a GP referral.

The hubs provide support on a range of issues, including debt, relationship breakdowns, drug or alcohol problems, employment difficulties, bereavement, housing and loneliness.

In Wrexham, iCAN Community Hubs are located at Ty Pawb and Caia Park. Those living in Flintshire can access iCAN support at The Wellbeing Centre, Mold, and at Kim Inspire, Holywell.

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Alberto Salmoiraghi, BCUHB’s Medical Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services, is urging more people to take advantage of the easy to access early support provided at iCAN Hubs this winter.

He said: “Everyone can struggle from time to time and it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Whatever it is that is troubling you – there is always support available to help you get back on track.

“Not everyone will meet the criteria for the more specialist support provided by NHS mental health services. That’s why the easy to access support provided at iCAN Hubs is so important.

“I’d encourage people to visit their local iCAN Community Hub and give it a try. The kettle is always on and you’ll receive a warm welcome from the friendly and experienced team of staff and volunteers.”

The 12 iCAN Community Hubs are funded by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and run in partnership with third sector providers.

For details of your nearest iCAN Community Hub, please visit the BCUHB website: