Wellbeing Groups (Chiltern & South Bucks)

Wellbeing Services COVID-19 Update

We are starting to look at ways we can get back to a ‘new normal’, resuming some of the activities and services that we were running before lockdown. We have been asking our service users and volunteers how they feel about this and listening to their views.

We are taking things very slowly, preparing the way for these things to happen in safe spaces with small numbers. We are ensuring our venues are compliant with guidelines and will be training staff so they can work with people carefully and confidently.

We will carry on doing the things that have worked well, the Zoom sessions and the phone calls for instance, but we will try to start providing some face-to-face contact for those who are feeling particularly isolated or have less support and would like to do this.

From Monday 27th July we have resumed some small groups of up to 6 people (4 service users and 2 staff at our wellbeing groups) meeting in outside spaces. We are not able to provide food or drinks just yet, but we are offering some company and friendly faces outdoors, which might be welcome for some. Phone contact, Zoom sessions or other virtual meetings are available for those not ready to go out yet.

From the start of September, again if all is well, we hope to have the same small groups operating in safe community spaces or in our own ‘COVID secure’ premises.


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
    • Pool
    • Bingo

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)
    • 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 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 sunhouse@bucksmind.org.uk

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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