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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.

Stress and Anxiety Groups

Stress/Anxiety Support Groups:

Mondays 10:00-11:00 – Next group starting 30th November 2020

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:

Mondays 10:00-11:00 – 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.

Men's Peer to Peer Meet Ups

Men’s Peer to Peer Meet up:

Mondays 18:00-19:00 – Starts December 7th

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.

Social Meet Up

Social Meet up:

Tuesdays 18:30-19:30 – Starting 17th November 2020

The sessions will be weekly for approximately 1 hour and is an opportunity for us to come together and support each other and connect. There are 2 staff members from Mind in West Essex facilitating.

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Group:

Thursdays 11:00 -12:00 – Starting January 7th 2021 

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.

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.

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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