Help us beat the winter blues with warming soup, and the option to be part of a self management support group.
Feeling lonely and isolated?
If you find yourself anxious, lacking in confidence or finding it difficult to relate to others, then come along to the Creative Wellbeing Drop-In Sessions at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Friday 9 and Friday 23 March from 11am to 12.30pm to see how Self- Management sessions could help you.
These free introductory sessions to Self-Management training with the Chard WATCH CIC will explore what it is like being with others in a supportive group environment.
These taster sessions aim to give a positive taste of the benefits of being in a friendly and warm group. Welcoming, informal and very much talk and opinion based, it is a gateway to a longer Self-Management and Peer Support (8 week) course which gives you an opportunity to work with others, get to know people and see how groups can be helpful as a tool for recovery.
The taster sessions will include:
Getting to know each other in the group – small & large group activities
Overview of the Self-Management and Peer support 8 week course and what it will bring
Shared experiences, likes and dislikes of the day, next steps
WATCH CIC approved facilitators for these sessions will be Becky Marsh and Rosie Masters
Becky says “A trained counsellor, I’ve worked with groups for many years, particularly focusing on helping people to establish Peer Groups. I’ve worked within the mental health field for long enough to understand that everyone needs to come along and feel safe and comfortable, so I always aim for sessions which are warm and gentle, fun and informative. My advice, if you are interested in this course, is to give it a go if you can, people tend to really like it and leave glad that they came. As an added incentive, there are always biscuits.”
There will also be a chance to talk to advisors from the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service, who can provide information and help around mental health issues.
These sessions are free to participants thanks to funding from Somerset Community Foundation, Sedgemoor District Council and Homes in Sedgemoor.
The Arts Centre is a friendly and welcoming place, with wheelchair access. Free tea and coffee, plus a light lunch will be served. Just turn up at Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11 – 13 Castle Street, TA6 3DD, or for further information ring 01278422700 and ask for Carrie or go to www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk.