A support group may not suit everyone’s needs but for many people, meeting with others who are living through the same situation is extremely helpful. For others who have lived through this situation and are putting their lives back together, helping people who have just started the journey is a way of giving back.
Our most regular meet ups are in London, but we have members in many parts of the country who meet over coffee or a drink to share and support, in twos and threes.
Meetings are usually held in a quiet corner of a public place, a bar, restaurant or hotel.
Coronavirus update – face to face meetings can be difficult to organise at this time, depending on the prevailing local restrictions, like many organisations, we are utilising Zoom to hold virtual meetings.
The SPA support group for London and the South-East first met in December 2011 and meets regularly. The meetings are friendly, informal, and everyone gets the chance to share as much, or as little, as they feel comfortable with.
Members keep in regular contact online, but there’s no pressure to do this if you’d rather not. It is empowering to find and support one another and some members have found they’ve been able to strengthen themselves by helping others in the group.
Many members have benefitted from individual counselling support. We do not aim to replace professional counselling and one of our recommendations is that members seek some professional support, if they have not already done so.