About Us & FAQs
What is the aim of the group?
Since 1996, our group has been running successfully with the following mission statement: "Promoting the knowledge of mental health issues and delivering empowered relatives and carers, in a confidential and supportive environment."
We offer people, who know of those who suffer from a range of mental health issues, someone to talk to, practical advice, useful information, interesting speakers, occasional social activities and other much needed support.
Who is this group for?
This group is for relatives, friends, carers and/or neighbours of people who suffer from mental health issues. These mental health issues can include depression, bi-polar disorder, psychotic illnesses, schizophrenia, addiction, obsessive compulsive behaviour and a whole host of other mental disorders. By joining the group, you'll soon realise that you don't have to face your difficulties on your own. We are a very open and welcoming group.
What is a carer?
A carer is anybody who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty or disability. All the care they give is unpaid. Many carers don't see themselves as carers. It takes carers an average of two years to acknowledge their role as a carer. It can be difficult for carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person they care for, whether that relationship is as a parent, a son or daughter, or a friend.
It's likely that every one of us will have caring responsibilities at some time in our lives. Figures for 2006 from the Office for National Statistics suggest the population will steadily become older, with the numbers in the oldest age bands increasing the fastest. There are around six million carers in the UK, but with more of us living longer and having age-related illnesses and disability, that figure will certainly rise.
Why should you join us?
This question is best answered by comments and testimonials from our members:
“It is a relief to realise that you are not alone and meet others who both understand and share your fears and frustrations” – wife
“It is good to share experiences with others who have similar problems” – partner
“I found the kindness and empathy of the group very comforting” – mother
“I met people who genuinely understood the draining negativity” – wife
“I had the breaking strain of a Kit Kat before” – father
“I am not alone anymore” – husband
...plus free refreshments, tea, coffee and biscuits are included!
When do you meet?
We normally meet on the 1st Monday of each month, from 7.30pm - 9.00pm. You can check out when our next meeting is here.
Note: During Covid lockdown restrictions, we are unable to meet face-to-face, but we are still having Zoom online group meetings with guest speakers. Click here to find out more.
How much does it cost?
It is free to join and there are no subscriptions or meeting fees.
How can I join you?
If you are new to the group, and would like to speak to someone in advance of one of our meetings, please text or call and leave a message on 0750 360 1737, or go to our 'CONTACT us' page.
Who runs the group?
The group is run by its members and is supported by a local Link Worker for Carers.
How is the group funded?
We are funded by voluntary donations from individuals, businesses and other organisations. If you would like to contribute to keep the group running and increase awareness, please go to our 'DONATE' page. Thank you.
Does the group campaign?
No, we don't campaign for better mental health services. There are other local bodies which represent the views of services users and this is not the primary aim of our group.
Do I have to say something at the group?
No, you don't have to speak if you don't want to, but everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to do so.
Will I be expected to come to all the meetings?
No, there is no commitment. You can come to as many or as few meetings as you wish. Why not come and try us out at our next meeting? (Note: our group meetings are currently online via Zoom.) There is no pressure to join and no obligation to participate. We want you to feel comfortable.