Outside the Box is expanding their Permission to Dream project, a mental health peer support project which works with small groups of people, enabling them to support each other by improving the quality and quantity of their social connections.
They are looking to start 3 new groups across the Falkirk district for people living with mental health issues, who are also:
- former carers
- adoptive parents
- young people
The main aim of all groups is to reduce participants’ social isolation and loneliness by supporting them to build or increase their social support networks and find a community they feel a sense of belonging to, in turn leading to an improvement in their overall wellbeing.
Normally, the groups take place weekly and last 2 hours in a variety of venues, including local third sector organisations’ offices, community halls and cafes. The sessions are supported by a Development Worker, who very gradually reduces their involvement as the groups become more established, until the group mainly meets on their own.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Outside the Box is looking at different ways of delivering the groups, such as using online tools before progressing to meeting outdoors, then indoors as the regulations allow.
For further information, including how to join or help set up one of the groups, please contact Ania Sandland by phone: 07514 905 945, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org