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  • Oxford Carers Support Service

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Oxford Carers Support believes that carers have an invaluable role in helping people recover from mental illness and that they should be acknowledged, valued and supported. We place people who use our services at the centre of everything we do. We provide high quality services and welcome feedback from service users to constantly develop and improve them. We are a highly experienced team of senior mental health recovery workers, working across Oxfordshire, specialising in supporting carers of people living with a mental illness. We work closely with Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, signposting and referring to services and providing a carers course within the Oxfordshire Recovery College. The service provides specialist training sessions to unpaid carers throughout the year including: - Caring and coping Mental health first aid (adult and youth)

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  • Daventry Mental Health Carers

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Our Daventry Carers group offers support for people whose friends or family have been affected by mental illness. We have been meeting regularly for several years but always welcome new members to join us. We provide mutual support and information through an understanding of shared experiences. We are active in the local community, create publications and deliver a programme of guest speakers who cover a variety of topics of interest. Meetings are relaxed and therapeutic, and support is offered in a safe and non-judgemental manner.

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  • South West Carers 4 BPD

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    South West Carers is a voluntarily led peer support group for carers, who face the challenge of loving and caring for someone who has borderline personality disorder (BPD). We meet twice a month on Wednesday evenings , alternating between Zoom meetings and face to face meetings in Bristol city centre. We offer a safe and friendly space to share worries, experiences, and our hopes for the future. We work together to access guidance and practical advice from experts in BPD and try to raise the profile of this distressing mental disorder. Please contact us by our email and we will get back to you with more details of the next meeting and to let you know more about the group. Group members say that they feel less alone and really value being able to talk to people who understand the complexities of caring for someone with BPD.

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  • Gillingham and Shaftesbury Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 24/10/2023

    We are a small, well-established voluntary peer support group whose members are carers of people with lived experience of mental illness. We are reaching out to new members to come and join us to help the group grow and expand, as we know firsthand how valuable this support can be. We offer a friendly and safe place where we can share experiences and signpost each other to resources. We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 10am until 12pm. On the 2nd week of the month, we meet in Gillingham at Gillingham Community Church, Wessex House, 8 High Street, Dorset, SP8 4AG. Then on the 4th week of the month, we meet in Shaftesbury at Father’s House, Christy’s Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8PH. Please feel free to call us for a chat for further information. The best way to contact us is via our email: ndorsetcarersgroup@rethink.org You might also be interested in Rethink Dorset Carers Support Service who provide one to one and group support on a wide range of topics, including specialist emotional support, targeted 1:1 support to identify and achieve personal goals, navigating the mental health system, information on conditions, medications, as well as carers rights. For more information email dorsetcarers@rethink.org

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  • Dorset Carers Support

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Dorset Carers Support offers advice, information and peer support for people who look after someone living with mental illness throughout the Dorset Council area. We provide one to one and group support on a wide range of topics including, specialist emotional support, targeted 1:1 support to identify and achieve personal goals, navigating the mental health system, information on conditions, medications, as well as carers rights. Our service also offers group activities and outings so that our attendees can meet other carers in their local area. In addition to this we manage a carer respite fund providing respite for carers in order to improve wellbeing. We also provide specialist training to support unpaid carers of someone with a mental illness. Our service is open to people based in Dorset except for residents who live in Bournemouth and Poole who can contact CRISP (www.crispweb.org)

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  • Exmouth Mental Health Carers (St John's Group)

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 15/11/2023

    We offer a friendly, welcoming space for carers, families and friends of people with lived experience of mental illness. Information, peer support and signposting will be offered alongside a chance to share experiences and make new friends. We also sometimes have speakers and run workshops with local organisations. We meet in Exmouth on the first Thursday of every month at St. John’s Court in an informal setting. Refreshments are available and someone will be in the lobby area to greet you. We will occasionally have a meal out together or other excursions. For more information and to let us know to expect you, please email exmouthcarers@rethink.org Please come and join us!

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  • Oxford City Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    We are a peer-led support group for carers. We know that being a carer can be isolating, so we aim to introduce you to other carers in the same situation. We share helpful information and invite guest speakers to talk at meetings.

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  • Weymouth Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/10/2023

    We are a well-established voluntary peer support group that supports carers of people with lived experience of mental illness. Come and join us every Friday in a function room at the Garden Centre to share information and support in an informal setting over a cup of tea or coffee. We offer a friendly and safe place for a chat and can signpost you to other services. This is an exciting time to join our expanding group, and we welcome your input and ideas. Please feel free to call us for a chat or further information. The best way to contact us is via our email: weymouthcarersgroup@rethink.org You might also be interested in Rethink Dorset Carers Support Service who provide one to one and group support on a wide range of topics, including specialist emotional support, targeted 1:1 support to identify and achieve personal goals, navigating the mental health system, information on conditions, medications, as well as carers rights. For more information email dorsetcarers@rethink.org

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  • Braintree Rethink Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    The aims of this friendly group are to offer support to each other and help increase the awareness of mental illness and the effect it can have on carers, and those experiencing mental illness. We also try to stop the stigma associated with mental illness with community events and fundraise to help those that need in most in the local community.

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  • Oxfordshire Veteran Mental Health Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 09/10/2023

    The overall purpose of the Oxfordshire Veteran Mental Health Carers Support Group is to provide a supportive environment where family and friends of veterans affected by mental health issues can come together to share experiences and support each other.

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  • Folkestone Rethink Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    We aim to offer a supportive environment to carers as well as some people living with mental illness. We offer a relaxed and friendly space where people can share their problems and learn about organisations and support services that may be able to help them

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  • Wakefield Rethink Carers Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    We are pleased to announce our group is meeting once again after a period of suspension due to COVID. Our Wakefield Carers group has been meeting for several years now. We are a friendly group that meets once a month in an afternoon. We offer a safe, relaxing space for people caring for someone with mental illness to share what sort of month they've had. This typically leads to members offering support and encouragement to each other. We never put pressure on anyone to share. We just offer the space for people to do so freely and without judgement, so our members feel less isolated and more supported. As we meet in an afternoon, we provide a simple lunch buffet with tea and coffee that we can enjoy together while we talk. On occasions, we also arrange social outings outside our regular meetings. New members are warmly welcome.

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  • CAT (Carers All Together) Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 09/10/2023

    We are Carers Altogether; we are a friendly group that meet once a month in the morning. Offering a safe relaxed space for people caring for someone living with mental illness the opportunity to share what sort of month they’ve had and do so freely and without judgement. We provide information, share knowledge, skills and offer support and encouragement to one and another. For many of us it’s about enjoying the company and support of others in a similar position as to ours, and always over a relaxing cuppa and a few biscuits. New members are always welcome.

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  • Rethink Shrewsbury Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 09/10/2023

    We are a long-standing peer support group for carers that offers information and support relating to mental health. We do this by sharing experiences and organising speakers to talk about mental health topics. Group members stay informed about local mental health matters and campaign on local issues. New members are always welcome. For meeting venue details, please contact the group via phone or email

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  • Beverley Rethink Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Our Beverley Carers group has been running since 2003 and offers people that care for support someone with mental illness the chance to meet in a safe and supportive space. Our friendly group gets together once a month to share experiences, support and information. We occasionally organise for speakers to talk about topics of interest and keep us up-to-date about helpful services in the local area. New members are warmly welcome.

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  • Canterbury & Coastal Rethink Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Our group aims to help carers and their partners, relatives and friends with a wide range of mental health problems, including accessing the information they need. We offer a safe environment where people feel at ease. We hold monthly meetings that give carers the opportunity to talk about the issues that are affecting them. At alternate meetings, we invite speakers to share their expertise to a wider audience. We also produce a monthly newsletter and offer telephone support. Our group members raise awareness of the support of Rethink Mental Illness in the community by attending at Southeastern train stations health events, we also stage an annual sponsored fundraising bike ride event, the next being on Sunday 15th May 2022. Our group has a physical activity initiative too, called the ‘Bike Ride, Walk and Talk’, further details can be obtained by contacting cccarergroup@gmail.com We embrace opportunities to extend our provision of activities that bring families of Carers and their loved ones who are service users.

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  • Rethink Woking Mental Health Carers Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Our group offers support to carers of people who have lived experience of mental illness. We believe in information sharing and we ensure that we are able to signpost our group members to services in our local area. We also have guest speakers to share their expertise and knowledge.

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  • Salisbury Rethink Carers Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    February 2023: Do you care for someone with a mental illness and want to talk to someone in a similar situation? This is a long-standing and friendly group who meet to share experiences and learn more about mental illness and navigating the health and social care systems. The group is not presently meeting but are interested in new members and restarting the group so please get in contact if you would like to be involved or see a group for carers running in the area. Please contact the South West Community Group Development Officer, Dominique Toyra on the contact details above.

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  • Ilminster/Chard and Langport Mental Health Carers

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 09/10/2023

    Ilminster/Chard and Langport Mental Health Carers are a group that has been established and meeting for many years for mutual support and the sharing of information. They are all carers of people with lived experience of mental illness and have offered invaluable help and understanding to those in a similar position for many, many years. It has come the time for Mavis and Roger, who have been running the group for many years to move onto pastures new and this will happen after the summer of 2023 after a boat trip in August and a summer luncheon in early September. The group, therefore, is looking for new members, including those willing to help organise. It can be very informal – the group have been meeting at a garden centre café these past years - but it would be lovely to keep the wonderful legacy of this caring, warm and longstanding group going. All ideas are welcome! If you are interested in a group for family, friends and carers of those with lived experience of mental illness in this area please contact Dominique, the Community Group Development Officer for the Southwest, on the contact details above. She will be very happy to chat to you about the group and to connect potential and existing members and we would love to hear from you.

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  • Worthing Rethink Mental Health Carers Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 08/12/2023

    We are a peer-led support group for the carers, family members and friends of people with lived experience of mental illness. We also welcome people living with mental illness who wish to attend, as both sets of people share similar issues. We have three groups running: 1. A virtual meeting runs on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm. Contact us for details. 2. A face-to-face meeting is held on the 4th Monday of each month from 7pm at Meadowfield Hospital, Swandean, Arundel Road, Worthing BN13 3EF. Every month, we try to arrange for a guest speaker to talk to the group about their specialist area but always leave time for people to share concerns and receive support. 3. A drop-in session takes place on the first Wednesday of the month between 10:30am and 1pm, at The Happy Teapot Cafe, 7 Richmond Rd, Worthing BN11 1PN (opposite Worthing Library). Stay for 5 minutes, the whole time, or anywhere in between.

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  • Rethink Carer Support: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    We are a well established and welcoming carer support group. We all have someone with a mental health condition as a family member or friend. We are visited by speakers, have a large amount of local knowledge and experience, and constantly welcome new carers to the group. We provide a telephone support line (07783 267013) run by carers for other carers. Group members are also involved in making sure the voices of carers are heard by local NHS and social care services.

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  • Banbury Rethink Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Our group offers carers the opportunity to share experiences and provide practical and emotional support to each other. We believe in sharing helpful information, so we invite a range of guests to speak at our meetings.

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  • Croydon NSF Support Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    Our group aims to be a safe place for carers to offload their problems and support each other, knowing they will not be judged. We have all had personal experience of caring for someone close to us, and so we understand what it can be like supporting someone through a challenging treatment path. We have occasional speakers, and try to be involved in local decision making to help improve the situations of carers and their loved ones.

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  • South Buckinghamshire Rethink Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 20/06/2023

    We are a friendly group of carers that meet in Beaconsfield. We come together every month as a peer-led support group for coffee and a supportive catch up.

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  • MHAP (Mental Health Awareness Portishead) Group

    Services and Groups | Last updated: 13/10/2023

    We offer a friendly, welcoming space for carers who are supporting the wellbeing and mental health of young people and we support each other by sharing experiences and information in an informal but confidential setting. Feel free to come along! Your wellbeing is important too! Are you looking for support but can't get to our evening sessions? Are you in need of a break and a listening ear? Rethink MHAP offers Walk & Talk daytime sessions and for further information please email: mhap@rethink org or call Catherine on 07568967933

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