Activity Groups (Chiltern & South Bucks)

Activity Groups

Our groups are held at different locations in the Chiltern and South Bucks area and are supported by experienced staff and fully trained volunteers.

The social aspects of the groups are as important as the activity and enable people to try new things in a supportive environment with others who have had similar experiences. All standard materials and resources are provided.

Members Social Groups (Sun House, Chesham) – Monday (12-3pm) and Friday (11-2pm)

Our groups provide social stimulation and activities for Bucks Mind members offering a safe, comfortable and relaxed environment to socialise, share experiences and receive support.

The groups are primarily intended for people with more severe and long standing mental health issues who need structure and support in order to stay well.

We offer:

    • Discussion of current events (sometimes heated!)
    • Board games, puzzles and quizzes
    • Arts and crafts
    • Trips out
    • Pool
    • Bingo

Some of our members choose to come to the same drop in each week, to meet up with friends and support each other, but all members are welcome to drop in at any of the sessions.

Arts and Crafts (Sun House, Chesham) – Thursdays (2.45PM)

A chance to take part in a wide range of arts and crafts and develop or rediscover skills.
Regular activities include:

    • Painting (watercolours, acrylics, ink etc)
    • Drawing
    • Sewing (we have a sewing machine!)
    • Knitting
    • Card making
    • Seasonal crafts

The social experience of the group is intended to be as important as the activities themselves – you don’t need any special talent to join in, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try new things. The group is relaxed and soothing. People leave feeling calm and de-stressed.

Lanterns Group (Chalfont St Peter- Gold Hill Church) – Tuesdays (11-3.30pm)

Lanterns is a social and activity group which meets on Tuesdays. It aims to give people the chance to build friendships and it facilitates access to activities and trips with the support of staff and volunteers.

Clients agree an agenda which might include day trips (e.g walks at Black Park or bowling) guest speakers, creative activities, pool, badminton, swimming at the leisure centre, competitions and quizzes.

Confidence Building/Anxiety Management (Sun House, Chesham)

A peer support group with input from Bucks Mind counsellors, tutors from Bucks Adult Learning and Bucks Mind staff. We run short courses around confidence, anxiety and stress, and coffee mornings and catch-ups for
those who attend. This is particularly useful for those wishing to return to work.

Peer Support Group (Burnham Library) – every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (11-1pm)

We are running a monthly peer support group in this area for people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

The group provides an opportunity for local people to meet regularly, to talk, to listen, to share experiences and, with Bucks Mind support, to develop the group themselves.

OCD Support Group (Sun House, Chesham) – Wednesdays (18.30-20.30)

The group offers anyone affected by OCD a space to get together and talk openly in a relaxed and confidential environment. We meet every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

This group is hosted by Buckinghamshire Mind.

How to access these services

People are generally referred by the CMHT using our referral form. We meet the person and assess suitability for a particular group to ensure they will benefit from it and we can meet their needs. People use their direct payments if they are eligible to pay the membership fee.