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Group Work Sessions

Group Work Sessions

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Group work is an integral part of the support structures available from Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service.

At the Dial House crisis service, valuable peer support happens between visitors.  The idea of the daytime groups was to bring people together to share their expertise and experience in coping with crisis.  This idea came from visitors themselves and they have been supported to develop their skills to the point where they now plan and facilitate the groups, with only minimal support from a group support worker.  Group workers are supervised by Patrick, who also co-ordinates all group work at Dial House. He can be contacted by calling 0113 260 9328 or by emailing patrick.gatewood@lslcs.org.uk 

All new visitors to group work must arrange a meeting with Patrick before they can attend groups – please don’t just turn up if you’ve never been before.  We have this procedure to keep our group members and staff safe and to ensure our groups are of maximum benefit to all who attend.  We can provide a package of training around supporting people who hear voices and see things that other people can’t see.  Our training package was developed and will be delivered by people with lived experience of hearing voices and seeing things that others do not.  For more information please contact Patrick.

For details and times of our group work, please see our group work schedule (opens in new tab) or see below:

The Tuesday Project

Creativity group

MyTime social group

LGBT group

Trans support group

Coping with crisis group

Hearing Voices group

Tuesdays 12-3pm | Support: Halima and Mark
A social and support group for Deaf people offering a safe, supportive space to discuss issues and build positive relationships, facilitated by Deaf Staff

If you would like to come along text 07922 249452 or email survivor.led@lslcs.org.uk

Wednesday 12-3pm | Support: Becky & Sam
We aim to explore ways to use creativity to cope with crisis through activities such as arts and crafts. This is a more relaxing and social group with the opportunity to chat as you create. Materials will be provided for you. Donations of creative materials or small amounts of money towards material costs are welcome, but not required.

Thursday 12-3pm | Support: Peer-led
Crisis can be an incredibly lonely and isolating time. At this group, you can learn or improve the skills needed for socialising and building positive relationships with people. We cook a meal together and everyone contributes to the running of the group but we understand that during crisis, some days can be more difficult than others so at this group you can contribute as much or as little as you feel able to. This group can cater for any dietary requirements and because we are cooking together, we respectfully ask people not to bring their own food to the group. We do ask for a £1 donation towards food costs, but no one will be turned away if they’re not able to donate.

Friday 11am-2pm | Support: Sole
This group is for anyone from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community who is dealing with mental health difficulties and struggling to find support or feel listened to and understood. This group is a safe supportive space where you can be with other people who have lived experiences of LGBT issues – you can share your thoughts and feelings and discuss coping strategies.

Friday 2-4pm | Support: Sole
This is a support group for people who are transgender and facing the difficulties and issues associated with this experience. We offer a therapeutic, relaxed, non-judgemental space where you can discuss the difficulties that you are facing and explore coping strategies. This group is peer-led so everyone who attends has lived experience of transgender issues – however the group may be overseen by a staff member who doesn’t.

Saturday 12-3pm | Support: Katy
Crisis can be an extremely difficult time. As well as being life-changing and feeling overwhelming, it can also be complex and exhausting: emotionally, physically and mentally. This group offers a space for people to be together and share their individual experiences of crisis, feel listened to and have the opportunities to learn coping skills. This support group is facilitated by people with both lived and professional experience of self harm and we can offer group support people who are using self harm as a coping mechanism.

Saturdays 4-7pm at Touchstone, supported by Patrick
Everyone has different beliefs about what their voices are and where they come from. Some people believe they are a symptom of their mental health problem, some believe they are voices of spirits or gods; others believe they have come from trauma. Whatever you beliefs accepting them is the first step to dealing with them. We make no claims as to what these voices are or are not, we offer a space that is accepting and respectful of all beliefs. At this group lived experience is valued and people can share their own experiences and develop coping strategies in a safe and confidential environment.