The Survivors Hub - F2F support group in UK

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The Survivors Hub - F2F support group in UK
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:23:22 PM »
A new group for people looking to connect with others working on their recovery

The Survivors Hub is a peer-to-peer support group in Bedford co-facilitated by a member of Out of the Storm for adults affected by Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder originating in childhood, whether that is emotional/physical/sexual/spiritual and/or the result of neglect/abandonment. We understand that buried memories can return later in life with devastating consequences. We aim to provide a safe place to chat and feel emotionally supported, and share knowledge on coping strategies and skills. We find strength in solidarity and social connection, hope in the midst of despair, frustration and hopelessness. You do not need a formal diagnosis to join. Sessions are free. 
 
Weekly meetings will be held in Bedford at ACCM (UK)'s offices on Thursday evenings from 6 pm until 7 pm at 3A Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG, situated within walking distance from bus and train stations. Booking is essential as places are limited. You do not have to be a resident of Bedford to attend. Enquiries to find out more about the group, please contact (01234) 356 910, www.accmuk.com.

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I look forward to writing an OOTS blog about how the idea came about and what we hope to achieve.
Let me know if you have any questions, and I will try and answer them here.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 06:32:41 PM »
Today I gave a 15 minute speech (it was supposed to be 10 mins) about the new Survivors Hub F2F group at ACCM UK. It was filmed by a friend, and I managed to hold my nerves with the help of a script I'd prepared earlier.

Hope that it reached out to victims and survivors and will draw more people into our group. There were speakers from leading national charities at the event, and I felt honoured to be standing alongside them. I hope I sounded OK. I think the charity was happy with my performance, commenting that I was 'a strong character' afterwards.  ;D

I felt some of the language I was using was not familiar - or the norm - to other people present who work in the mental health field, people who deal with those in crisis for example.
CPTSD is definitely still a very new concept in the UK.

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Re: The Survivors Hub - F2F support group in UK
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 06:54:54 PM »
Well-done  :applause: I don't think I'd have the courage. I wish you continued success with your group.

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 07:18:50 PM »
 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Your advocacy will make a difference.  :applause:

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 09:48:00 PM »
Thank you Blueberry and Three Roses for your support and encouragement.

It's taken me a long time to get this far in my recovery, but I'm here now, and I'll keep taking up whatever opportunities I can in my new role. It's pushing me outside my comfort zone.  :)

Have to say, sharing a little more about myself is drawing lovely people towards me. Was close to tears later when I was talking to my friend (in private) and saw tears in his eyes. Not used to this kind of response, not used to talking about myself and receiving validation.  :no: