Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap COVID-19 Update

During the lockdown we’ve been supporting Mind the Gap service users with weekly phone calls, Zoom meetings and regular newsletters. Now that some of the lockdown restrictions have been eased, we are hoping to resume some of the activities which took place before the end of March. Nearly all Mind the Gap members agree that they would like to get back to a “near” normal as soon as possible.

We want to make sure that all our members stay as safe as possible, so we are looking at how we can facilitate some of the groups and activities we were running before the lockdown. We will be training staff and volunteers to prepare for any changes so that we can all work safely and comfortably within public health guidelines.

From Monday 27th July, Mind the Gap service users can meet outside in small groups. This can be one-to-one, or within groups of up to 6 people – 4 service users and 2 members of staff. We will continue weekly phone calls and Zoom meetings for people who don’t feel ready to go out yet. This will feel very different, but hopefully we will all feel better for being able to see each other again.

After the end of August, we hope to be able to meet inside cafes or in other COVID secure venues, provided we keep to the current guidelines and do all we can to keep safe and well.

Mind the Gap (MTG) was orginally started by two service users 10 years ago. They understood that peer support was an important part of their recovery, so they set up Mind the Gap social and activity groups in Chesham and High Wycombe, where people can meet as and when they want to, make friends, share experiences, learn from each other and enjoy a social life.

You don’t need a referral to join Mind the Gap, but it would be a good idea to ring either Chris (07722 828587) or Pauline (07788 438134) before coming to one of our sessions. We do know that joining a group can sometimes be difficult, so if you’d like to bring a friend or family member to support you during the first few visits, then you’re welcome to do so.

We welcome everyone and would love to meet you. If you’re recovering from a mental health problem and would like to find support and make new friends, then come and join us.

A services user’s thoughts about Mind the Gap

“I hate to think where I’d be without this group, probably struggling much more than I do now. I admit to being wary of joining the group when it was suggested as an option, but I settled into the group nicely. I hate it if I know I’m not going to be able to get there, which is rare fortunately.

I feel I have grown as a person over the time I’ve been going. I am more confident and more able to join in and be an active member. I know I am missed if I’m not there, the same as I miss the group. I can chat with others and help if I can. I may not be much of a talker, but I know I am a good listener and I have compassion for others. The group has definitely brought this side of me out.”

We meet at the following venues:

Monday 2.30pm – 4.30pm –  Social Group in Sainsbury’s Café, High Wycombe

Tuesday 11am – 12 midday – Bowling Hollywood Bowl, High Wycombe (every other week from 27.11.18)

Thursday 12 midday to 3pm – Social Group Costa Café, Chesham

Saturday 2.30pm – 5pm – Social and board games group Costa Café, Chesham

For more information, contact Pauline Hayden: 07788 438 134 or pauline.hayden@bucksmind.org.uk

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