Mind the Gap

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. As such we have made important changes to our services to ensure the safety of our service users, volunteers and staff. To ensure the safety of all, we have removed the aspects of this (these) service (s) that involves face to face groups and/or 121 meetings. We will continue to create and develop innovative ways of delivering remote mental wellbeing support that focuses on tackling social isolation and promoting positive emotional wellbeing.
As such, we are still running this (these) service (s) remotely, including (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • daily phone/email/text support
  • online activities and support groups
  • live groups via various digital platforms
  • postal care packages- including motivational ideas, group activities and peer communication
  • practical support, such as shopping and liaising with external services

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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