Friends in Need

Friends in Need COVID-19 Update

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing.

In response to the new lockdown restrictions, we have consulted with our members and agreed that we will continue to provide some of our socially distanced walks. We will continue to follow government guidance and monitor the situation. We have also reverted to our online timetable of activities and we are providing ‘check-in’ phone calls to those most in need.


Welcome to Friends in Need, East Berkshire (covering Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, Bracknell and Slough) and Buckinghamshire.

We are a friendly peer support group who want to help you to manage your depression and anxiety by inviting you to try our uplifting, fun and free of charge activities. Come and feel supported whilst having a chat and a cuppa with others who understand how you might be feeling.

To join us or to find out more about our Friends in Need service in your area, please call or email us:

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead:

Please email ansa.khan@bucksmind.org.uk Tel: 07496 874882

Bracknell:

Please email elouise.griffin@bucksmind.org.uk Tel: 07949 393434 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) or kara.hale@bucksmind.org.uk Tel: 07914 669430 (Mondays)

Slough:

Please email charlene.morgan@bucksmind.org.uk Tel: 07950 303832

Buckinghamshire:

Please email sufia.rahman@bucksmind.org.uk Tel: 07914 669438

We understand that you may feel apprehensive before meeting others in the group and we may be able to meet you individually for a chat beforehand. You will be asked to complete our Welcome Form and we will check that our group is the right support for you.

Some of our activities include:

  • Local walks and picnics
  • Orienteering
  • Arts and crafts
  • Yoga, tai chi and Zumba with Sport in Mind
  • Cycling
  • A gardening project
  • Social evenings eg pub quizzes, games nights, music nights, cinema nights and meals out together
  • Mindfulness for deep relaxation
  • Summer trips to the seaside
  • Guest speakers to help us in our journey to recovery
  • Bowling and cinema trips
  • Monthly day trips to local attractions such as museums, historic buildings and temples
  • Photography walks
  • Mind the Note (singing group)
  • Learning how to use technology for our wellbeing with Discovery 3
  • Fundraising

We are looking forward to meeting you, welcoming you and hearing about any activities that you would like to see on our timetable.

At Friends in Need, we know how important the five ways to wellbeing are to help us to feel better. Our Growing Your Wellbeing opportunity really encapsulates each of the five ways (to give; to connect; to learn; to be active; to notice) through horticulture in a lovely environment at the Jealotts Hill Community Landshare with others who know how it feels to have low mood. We aim to help you improve your mood by connecting both with others and nature itself. To view a short video clip about Growing Your Wellbeing, please click here

You can view our timetable for Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire by clicking on the button below:
Friends in Need – December 2020 Timetable

Friends in Need – November 2020 Timetable

Please also contact Ansa  Khan, Friends in Need Team Lead (ansa.khan@bucksmind.org.uk Tel: 07496 874882), if you are part of the NHS, a charity or community group or GP surgery and would like us to come along to meet you and tell you more about Friends in Need and our very simple referral process. Our aim is to increase community resilience and to spread the word about how powerful peer support can be.

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Newsletter April 2020