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The Stay Safe Feel Well (SSFW) group is a small, Covid safe, group of 4 to 5 women running with a 6 week rolling intake. It is being provided under Aspire's initiative around suicide and self harm, which also covers the monthly online Suicide and Self Harm Drop-In sessions.
The SSFW group is for women who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and depression. Some may have had suicidal thoughts or have experienced knowing someone who has attempted suicide. Attendees face these difficult experiences though a mood diary, which they decorate themselves. Inside they select a word each week to describe how they are feeling and create a piece of art to represent this.
As the women work they discuss issues that have caused them trauma or worries they may be experiencing. This offers the opportunity for women to peer support each other and share their experiences in a safe and non-judgemental space. At the end of the sessions the women show each other their work and discuss the words they have chosen.
During the 6 weeks of the SSFW group the women experience several trips out for short walks and stop in the community for a coffee - weather permitting. This experience supports general mental and physical health but is also about tackling anxieties about socialising and returning to community spaces following the isolation of lockdowns.
At the end of the 6 weeks each of the women attending produces a piece of art to describe what Aspire means to them. The diary helps the group to look back over the previous weeks and see the progress that has been made. The new intake will consists of women who are on the SSFW waiting list and women who require continued support.
If you are interested in the Stay Safe Feel Well Programme or any of our Aspire women's support services (in person and online) please email us.
As we emerge from a year that has seen women disproportionately affected by Covid-19 lockdowns, Aspire are aiming to address re-integration into social settings, assisting women to build their self-esteem and social confidence with our Monday Meet Up, part of our Stay Safe, Feel Well Initiative.
Isolation and loneliness have had a huge impact on the women we work with and although Aspire were able to offer online and telephone support, there is a significant need for a gentle (socially distanced) in person support group to help women struggling with emerging from this latest lockdown.
Aspire’s person centred approach for supporting women’s mental health includes one to one listening services, befriending and online support groups such as Positive Changes and Mature Friends. We have also helped support women in need of essential items with support packs as we recognise the impact that the additional stress of not having basic items has had on the mental health of our women and their families.
Aspire have ensured that services are co-produced with our team of dedicated volunteers, our Supporting Sisters, who receive thorough training and lead on peer support service delivery. If you are a woman in need of support, then contact our free services via the Supporting Sisters email.
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On Tuesday 9th February - Aspire took part in the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt for #SaferInternetDay. We joined the push to break the record for ‘Most pledges received for an internet safety campaign in 24 hours’ and made a pledge to help create #AnInternetWeTrust.
So, what are Aspire Women Learning, Support and Wellbeing doing to keep our #women safe online?
• ICT courses in our learning programme that cover important online elements such as online safety especially for beginners
• Groups online that are facilitated by volunteers who have been specially trained in safe hosting and facilitation
• Scam and fraud aware staff and volunteers thanks to Friends Against Scams
• Listeners and befrienders available to hear women's concerns and trauma experiences in all areas - increasingly in an online context as we move through Covid19 and lockdown
• Stay Safe Champions and Domestic Violence and Abuse Champions to support and signpost women who have experienced any kinds of difficulties including distressing online content and experiences
• Online Drop-ins where women can openly share their concerns around self harm, suicide and DVA - including distressing or concerning online content they or their families have viewed