Today was the biggest group we have ever had and shows that there is more awareness of the group now!
We received very good news today that we have managed to secure some funding from the Recovery Initiative Fund! It’s great to see all the hard work the group had put in to the application coming off. The group has so many good ideas on how to use this funding. The group felt the main aim of having it was to use it to help others. does. The group would like to develop new leaflets, posters.. to market the group more and to further raise awareness of the group. We would like to send out our leaflets further afield, not just GP’S surgeries, Community Centres etc… but look to send them to bars, police stations, schools and other places that are not commonly thought of a place to raise awareness. We would like to thank Lesley Galbraith and all the people at the Scottish Recovery Consortium for giving the group the opportunity to further develop the work it does.
People were giving very positive feedback today about what the group means for them and how although we look at painful issues during sessions there is a lot of fun in the group. Through our raising awareness of the group we would like to further explain what the group is all about and that it does not make you feel more depressed coming to a group like this (some people would have you belive this) but in fact makes you feel part of something and inspired.
We did an exercise where everyone one in the group had to write a positive word on a sheet of paper descibing each group member. Once this was all done the person would read out what people had written about them to the group. Group members were touched by people’s words about them but had some trouble believing them. The beauty of this exercise is that people can do what they want with the piece of paper, put it in their wallet/purse or on fridge for when they are not having a good day, they can look at the positive words people have used to describe them.
Next week we have June Dickson back doing the 5th part of the Living Life To The Full course (The group is really looking forward this!).