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Online Support Groups

Online Support Groups

Connecting in a different way

We recognise that how we connect has changed, we have all had to adapt and find new ways of staying in touch. The 5 ways to wellbeing includes Connect, so it is important we continue to find ways to look after our wellbeing.

We have put together a timetable of online support groups that cover a range of topics and some more general groups. Click on the group heading to get the time and dates for each meet up.

Joining an online group can be daunting, maybe even a little intimidating, but you will always have at least 1 member of staff present. There are instructions below on how to set up your free account.

These sessions are free, please contact us on 01371 876641 or via email at [email protected] if you have any questions. If you would like to book a place in one of the groups please complete the Register for Groups button on the left hand side.

BAME Support Group

We are running an online BAME support groups, covering topics such as anxiety, isolation and racism facilitated by BAME staff from Mind in West Essex.

Please could sign up using the Register for Groups button.

  • Monday 1st February 12.30pm – 1.30pm Anxiety
  • Monday 8th February 12.30pm – 1.30pm Depression
  • Monday 15th February 12.30pm – 1.30pm Environment
  • Monday 22nd February 12.30pm – 1.30pm Isolation
  • Monday 1st March 12.30pm – 1.30pm Racism
  • Monday 8th March 12.30pm – 1.30pm Co-produced with support group participants

Lots of food for thought and pointers to take away and use. I find that this session sets a positive tone for the week ahead.

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Group:

Thursdays 11:00 -12:00 

Bereavement, particularly at a time where we are unable to say goodbye in the traditional way can be challenging. Together you will discuss the impact and look at ways to manage as you face this difficult time. 

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and will initially be for a 6 week period. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 2 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the groups. 

Bereavement Social Groups:

Thursdays 12:30-13:30 – TBC

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is a continuations of the Support group. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 1 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the group.You can also download the useful Mind bereavement support guide here.

You can also download the useful Mind bereavement support guide here.

Book Club

Book Club (Pilot)

Starting: Wednesday 10th February, 7pm (fortnightly)

Book Club is a place where we will take time to read an agreed book (supplied by MiWE) and meet fortnightly via Zoom. This is an opportunity to meet socially but with a shared interest in reading.

The groups will have a maximum of 10 participants, meeting fortnightly for the next 6 months (including 2 staff members). Register via the Register for Groups button.

Essex Befriend's Groups

Essex Befriends Volunteer Chat:

A social group where Befriender Volunteers can meet each other, have a chat and share their experiences. It’s also an opportunity to advise our Volunteers on business updates and mind map ideas for Essex Befriends going forward.

Monthly catch ups Sunday evenings at 6pm.

Essex Befriends Client Chat Group

A place where our clients who are matched or waiting to be matched with a Volunteer Befriender can chat with people who are also receiving this service.  It’s a place where befriendee’s can strike up friendships with the help of the facilitators.

Monthly catch ups on Tuesdays at 2pm.

Meditation Group

Stress/Anxiety Support Groups:

Wednesdays 1-1.30pm – Next group starting 3rd March 2021 (weekly)

Join Jade via Zoom to allow yourself 30 minutes in the day to be present and in the moment. These sessions will help with that mid-week slump and refocus the mind. 

Men's Peer to Peer Meet Ups

Men’s Peer to Peer Meet up:

Mondays 18:00-19:00 

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is an opportunity for men to come together and support each other and connect. There is 1 staff member from Mind in West Essex facilitating and founder/volunteer Dan.

Stress and Anxiety Groups

Stress/Anxiety Support Groups:
Mondays 10:00-11:00 – Next group starting 1st February 2021

Anxiety is a natural, normal response to a situation in which we feel threatened. If you feel it is having an impact on you day to day these sessions may benefit you. It is important to note that this is not group therapy rather peer to peer support that can be therapeutic in nature.

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and will initially be for a 6 week period. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 2 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the groups.

Stress/Anxiety Social Groups:

Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is a continuations of the Support group. The groups have a maximum of 8 participants and will have 1 staff from Mind in West Essex facilitating the group.

Write, Revive and Rebuild

Write, Revive and Rebuild: Creative Writing for Wellbeing

Starting : Fully Booked

A Free six week online programme which will guide participants through a variety of exercises using a range of writing techniques to explore the therapeutic uses and benefits of creative writing.

This programme is suitable for all levels where the aim is to engage in the process of imaginative writing to help broaden your personal boundaries of expression and ultimately improve wellbeing.

Each session will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with a ten minute break. There will be a maximum of 8 participants and the programme will be led by an experienced facilitator.

For further information and to book a place please contact: [email protected]

How to use Zoom

To join the groups you will need to register and also have access to Zoom. This is an online platform that allows us to connect via video. You can download free at Zoom.us. To find out more on how to set up an account, watch this video or for a step by step guide visit wikiHow:

 

Meet the facilitators

Louisa Fry-Jones


Lois Sparkes


Vanessa Craft


Mike Ellen


Dan Worth


Sarah Huggett


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