Stages of change

  Today we looked at how people could make positive changes in their lives and ways to do this. This group’s ethos is very much built upon movement and progressing to a place of hope from low points of despair. For some, the very thought of change invokes a fear of the unknown. This canContinue reading “Stages of change”


(Made by the group) Today we looked at the concept of growth and what we could do to increase growth as individuals and also as a group. We started by discussing ideas for a promotional video with the aim to help increase the profile of the group while at the same time raising hope forContinue reading “Growth”

Life Experiences

Today we did an exercise where group members looked at their life experiences (good and bad) from the past and present leading on to hopes for the future. We broke it down into those three sections. Firstly, we wanted people to see how past events play a part in  were we are in the present. Secondly,Continue reading “Life Experiences”

Mental Health Awareness Week

It has been really encouraging to see the positive impact ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ seems to have had on our nation. From the ‘Heads Together’ campaign coordinated by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to sports people and various other celebrities relaying their own experiences we can see the real difference talkingContinue reading “Mental Health Awareness Week”

Journeys (John Arthur as guest)

It was a real pleasure to welcome John Arthur to the group today as guest. John is well-known around Edinburgh for the work he does in the recovery community. People who know John find him to be an inspiring and caring figure who likes to help and stand up for disadvantaged people in society. WithContinue reading “Journeys (John Arthur as guest)”

Art and Crafts

In today’s group we used art materials to make some interesting objects.  We had lots of crafts to use including; small canvases, paints, colouring pens, stones, twigs, glitter, sand, candles and buttons.  We enjoyed seeing all the inventive things people had made. What was fascinating about doing the arts and crafts was how relaxed itContinue reading “Art and Crafts”

Confidence Building

At today’s group we looked at how we can build our confidence and the way we view ourselves.  Group members talked about how fear and change can play a part in their self-worth or lack of it. Fear of the unknown is quite a common thing people can struggle with especially if change is thrustContinue reading “Confidence Building”

The Joy Therapets Bring

Inviting a therapet to the group was something we have wanted to do for some time, so it was great to welcome Willow (Therapet) and his owner Barry along to the group.  It was lovely seeing the way Willow interacted with Group members and the smiles she brought to their faces.  If Willow did not thinkContinue reading “The Joy Therapets Bring”