We run a variety of groups in East and North Ayrshire, some of which are detailed below. We will provide details of all group activities available when you attend an information session.
There is no cost to access our group activities and many are funded by Trusts and Foundation grants/awards and from donations to the charity.
Group activities provide valuable opportunities for Survivors to learn and enjoy new skills, develop healthy relationships, increase social interaction and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, building confidence and increasing self-esteem. All activities take place in a safe, supportive environment and are hosted by qualified Tutors and Professionals.
Clients can sample some of the many creative opportunities available including; knitting, cross-stitch, sewing, painting, patch-work and many others. This is an informal group facilitated by a qualified Art Tutor. Refreshments are available and some of the items created are on display. Funding from Mactaggart & Mickel Building Communities Fund contributes to the costs of the weekly art group.
We are delighted that our Trustee and Award Winning Author, Michael J. Malone has offered to host a Creative Writing Group.
You don’t need to be a master at spelling – it’s really all about having fun.
Michael had this to say about creative writing …
There’s a reason that fiction and narrative non-fiction outsells other genres – as human beings we yearn to share, reflect, and understand one another, and we use these reflections to improve the state of things, both personal and public. And learning how to write creatively allows us to tap into that.
There are many benefits to making creative writing part of your life. Writing allows you to make sense of your life, it engages your empathy button, unlocks your creativity, boosts your ability to communicate – and it is one of the few places in life in which an adult is allowed to play. How can that not be a good thing?!
Achieving financial capability is about more than just learning and knowledge – changing behaviour, attitudes and thinking is key to achieving long-term financial capability. Funding from Money Saving Expert will provide challenging, interactive group sessions to develop healthy financial behaviours for an improved financial future.
Funded by Community Food & Health, this group helps to develop healthy relationships with food. Clients can learn to grow herbs and fresh produce and learn to prepare and enjoy the benefits of a healthy, nutritious diet to positively impact on their physical health both now and for the future. It will help promote social interaction, reduce loneliness and isolation, increase confidence and self-esteem and help build trusting new relationships with others as well as being a lot of fun.
Funding from the Peoples Postcode Trust enables a weekly group for a 12 month period to provide enjoyable and interactive group sessions with a focus on developing healthy living behaviours and healthier lifestyle choices in order to improve long-term physical and psychological health. A wide range of activities are available to enjoy on a weekly basis including; mindfulness, nutrition, cooking, nature walks and more.
In the last year, male referrals have increased by almost 50%. We are therefore delighted to offer our first mens’ group which will be hosted by a male Counsellor. This group is funded by the Bank of Scotland Foundation.
Hosted by a Break The Silence Volunteer, this evening group is designed for Clients of all abilities. The RIOT group is all about having fun, getting some fresh air, meeting new people, developing relationships, increasing confidence, self-esteem and enjoying a healthy activity at your own pace.
Funding from Peoples Health Trust with money raised by Health Engage through The Health Lottery enabled us to offer a weekly therapeutic music group for 24 months. Survivors can learn and practice the harpsicle, interact with others, learn to develop healthy relationships, increase their social interaction and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, build their confidence and increase self-esteem. The harpsicle promotes physical and emotional healing properties with harp therapy participants in other studies reporting increased relaxation, improvement in sleep, decreased pain and anxiety, stabilisation of vital signs, and improvement in mood.
In addition to the groups above, Bank of Scotland Foundation funding also allows us to provide a programme of regular group activity sessions over a 12 month period. Groups in this programme focus on; managing anxiety, coping with depression, increasing confidence, building self-esteem, increasing social interaction and reducing loneliness.
We also offer Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) Training – a new programme being piloted over a 3 year period with the support of the Women’s Fund through Foundation Scotland. WRAP training will empower Survivors to learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing whilst introducing peer support.
On the Isle of Arran there is also a peer support group available, hosted by a Break The Silence Volunteer.