Our groups are facilitated by a therapist and a staff member or volunteer.
For each of our groups, we organise a meeting between you and the facilitator first. They are not drop in groups. The groups take place at our base in Wimbledon, but we hope to expand these across Merton in the future. If you would join one of our groups, please get in touch.
A supportive group for those with long term mental health problems
The Continuity of Concern group has been running for over 40 years and is a community-based emotional and social support group for people of all ages from across Merton. The group meets weekly to talk, listen and think together about all aspects of life. People in the group come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences and often group members will come together for lunch after the session.
The group provides a safe, empathetic space for you 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.
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 say 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."
Get in touch if you'd like to attend this group.
A peer supported group for older adults
PLEASE NOTE - This group will restart in autumn 2019. Get in touch to book your space.
Embrace Age is for Merton residents aged over 60 years who are experiencing stress, anxiety, loneliness, bereavement or depression often associated with this life stage and ageing. They may also find they are losing their peer group due to age and health.
The weekly session is a place where they can talk confidentially about their concerns, seek opinions and points of view from others and learn to support each other inside and outside the group.
An emotional peer support group for people aged 18+ who have faced bereavement
When someone close to you dies, you can be affected in different ways including: denial, anger, depression and acceptance. Being part of this dedicated supportive group can create a feeling of hope and the realisation that you do not need to face your grief alone. Those joining the group will generally have experienced a close bereavement within the last 6 months to 2 years.
Get in touch to book your space.
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