Wellbeing Groups (Chiltern & South Bucks)
Wellbeing Services 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.
We are continuing to offer our small groups at our usual venues (which are ‘COVID secure’) across a carefully planned timetable. We want people to be aware that there are risks when they go out and to consider their own safety when using public transport to get to us. Once here we have lots of safety measures in place, including a requirement to wear masks at all times, and we have activities, chat and friendly faces to meet you. We are also continuing with our regular Zoom sessions, phone calls and newsletters for those who want them.
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 activities 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 and Wellbeing Groups at Sun House, Chesham – Monday (12-3pm) and Friday (11-2pm)
Our groups provide social stimulation and activities for Buckinghamshire Mind service users 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 have something different on the agenda each week, including things like:
- Wellbeing activities, such as healthy eating or gentle exercise
- Discussion and chat
- Board games, puzzles and quizzes
- Arts and crafts
- Trips out
Arts and Crafts at Sun House, Chesham – Thursdays (2.45pm -5.15pm)
A chance to take part in a wide range of arts and crafts and develop or rediscover skills. We have a skilled artist and a support worker bringing complementary skills to these sessions.
Regular activities include:
- Painting (watercolours, acrylics, ink etc)
- Sewing (we have a sewing machine)
- 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 at Gold Hill Baptist Church, Chalfont St Peter – Tuesdays (10-3pm)
Lanterns is a social and activity group that aims to help build friendships and facilitate access to activities and trips in the community, with the support of staff and volunteers.
Service users 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.
Music Group at Sun House, Chesham – Tuesdays (3pm -4.30pm)
Singing voices and musical expertise are not a requirement!
We explore music within a safe space. Activities include group ‘jamming’ using a variety of simple instruments and sing-a-longs to popular songs. We listen and discuss songs that members in the group particularly enjoy as well as listening to small clips of songs and discussing what the words mean to us.
We enjoy making a noise!!
These are free but we need a referral form completed by a mental health professional. If you are interested in music and would like to be involved please contact us at Sun House 01494 792244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to access these services
People are generally referred by the Adult Mental Health Team, but may access via our referral process. We need a certain amount of information and to meet the person so we can assess suitability for a particular group to ensure they will benefit from it and we can meet their needs. People use their direct payments or PIP if they are eligible to pay the membership fee. Please call us for more information or to arrange a visit.
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