The Continuity of Concern Group is a community-based emotional and social support group for people across the borough of Merton. The group meets weekly to talk, listen and think together about all aspects of life. The group has met in various places over its 40 year history and nowadays is based at Wimbledon Guild’s Drake House (44 St George’s Road, SW19 4ED). The group meets for an hour every Thursday between 11am and 12 noon, with members arriving from 10.30am onwards to allow time for coffee, tea, biscuits and a chat beforehand.
Whether or not people have had counselling or psychotherapy before, the group provides a safe, empathic space in which difficulties such as loneliness, anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss can be shared and worries about relationships, the ageing process, physical and/or mental health concerns can be explored. The group is facilitated by an experienced therapist.
People in the group come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences with ages ranging from early-fifties to mid-eighties. Several members have been part of the group for years whilst others have joined more recently and, whether attending every week or less frequently, people often says they feel a strong sense of belonging and care. As one member recently said, “Coming to this group is a bit like being part of an extended family”.
The group is open to new members and welcomes people of all ages who would value being part of a supportive and caring group with therapeutic input and aims (rather than a psychotherapy group. ). Please contact Derek Love for an informal chat before joining the group. The group is free (although small contributions for tea and coffee are always appreciated) and there is no obligation to attend every week, although many members do.