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Benefits of group support

Group support is not for everyone, but there are many benefits from accessing support alongside other people like yourself.  The main benefit is connecting with other local people that might have similar experiences to yours.

Our talking groups all have check-ins at the start, which are usually followed by a topic for discussion where people will contribute as much or as little as they want to if they’re not ready to share. Here are some additional reasons for attending groups:

  • Our groups all have a shared aim – to reduce isolation and help people improve their wellbeing.
  • Importantly, there are NO waiting times – you can simply turn up. Please note that for our online groups you must register first.
  • There is a suggested donation of £3 for each session – without donations we are unable to deliver groups such as these.

We know it can be a little daunting to attend your first session. So, why not bring a support worker or speak to the group facilitator if you need their support to attend?

Online support

We have created an online programme of groups as our delivery of support is currently limited by government restrictions. We’ve had to alter some of the times to be able to do this, so please check out the dates and what each group provides on the group’s page.

If you are interested in attending any of our online groups, please email adultwellbeingservices@dorsetmind.uk and we will contact you directly and support you to log in to these groups.

WEEKDAYGROUPWHENTIME 
MONDAYActive in Mind
B/mouth
Every Monday2 - 4pm
MONDAYRestored Eating DisordersEvery Monday7 - 8pm
TUESDAYWellbeing Sherborne
1st & 3rd Tuesday 2 - 4pm
TUESDAYWellbeing Dorchester2nd & 4th Tuesday 7 - 9pm
TUESDAYWellbeing Verwood1st & 3rd Tuesday 7 - 9pm
WEDNESDAYWellbeing B/mouth 2nd & 4th Wednesday10.30am - 12.30pm
WEDNESDAYWomen in Mind B/mouth Every Wednesday1 - 3pm
WEDNESDAYActive in Mind WeymouthWednesday Fortnightly
(see page for details)
2.30 - 4pm
WEDNESDAYWellbeing Gillingham 1st & 3rd Wednesday6 - 8pm
THURSDAY
MindOut B/mouth LGBTQ+ Every Thursday12 - 2pm
THURSDAY
Active in Mind B/mouthEvery Thursday 2 - 4pm
FRIDAY
Women in Mind Blandford Friday Fortnightly
(see page for details)
10 - 12pm
FRIDAYCarers in Mind 2nd & 4th Friday 1 - 2pm
FRIDAYMindOut Weymouth LGBTQ+ Friday Fortnightly
(see page for details)
2.30 - 4pm

We have had great feedback from the groups delivered online and we’re really excited to see you there.

Please see below for the types of groups we offer:

Active in Mind

Our activity support groups aim to encourage people with mild mental health difficulties to engage in increased activities to improve their wellbeing.

Carers in Mind

A twice-monthly support group that helps Carers take a break from caring and focus on their own self-care.

Eco-therapy group

The GAP Project supports people to develop positive mental health through meaningful and therapeutic ecotherapy.

LGBTIQ+

MindOut is a safe, confidential and accepting space for LGBTIQ+ people who want to develop positive mental wellbeing.

Restored Eating Disorders

A support group for eating disorders which helps people to gain support from their peers with similar challenges.

Wellbeing in Mind

A peer support service for people who would like to develop positive mental health.

Women in Mind

Provides a safe, secure and understanding environment in which women with mental health problems can support each other.

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Getting Active

Getting active will improve your wellbeing, increase your self-esteem and make you feel more energised!

Get Set To Go

We aim to improve the quality of life for anyone with a mental health problem through access to sport and physical activity in the local community.

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