TIMETABLE . . .
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ACTIVITIES THAT WE ALWAYS OFFER . . .
Drop-In Socialising & Support Group – Just having tea and a chat, Client-led.
Foundation Course – A six week course where participants explore who they are; identify their strengths, weakness, and areas they’d like to change; and formulate aspirations and goal maps, to help them move forward in a positive way.
Information, Advice & Guidance – A general purpose Staff-led service, where anyone can pop in to learn about what we do, and existing Clients can come to discuss the activities that we provide, and receive information, advice and guidance on eating, sleeping, housing, benefits, debt, disabilities, discrimination, substance abuse, domestic violence, or any other issues they may be struggling with. We work closely alongside other people and organisations to help deliver this service, such Care Coordinators, the Citizens Advice Bureau, IOW Council, Town Councils, The Law Centre, housing associations, Wheatsheaf Trust, No Barriers, and Inclusion.
Monthly ‘Big Conversation’ Meeting – Staff, Volunteers and Clients get together once a month to discuss ideas, make plans, and solve problems. The simple but effective way that we facilitate co-production.
ACTIVITIES THAT WE OFFER AS OPTIONS EVERY TWO MONTHS . . .
The activities listed below are provided as options that Clients (the people who use our service) are invited to vote on in two-month cycles. We then deliver as many of the most popular options as our resources allow. We also include a blank suggestions box at the bottom of every voting form, so that Clients can request groups, courses and therapies that we don’t already provide. An approach that facilitates choice, responds to people’s needs, and minimises cost.
‘Groups’ are ongoing, and anyone can drop in and out of them whenever they choose. ‘Courses’ must be signed-up for ahead of time, and are usually closed to newcomers once they’ve begun. ‘Therapies’ must be signed-up for ahead of time, but are usually open to newcomers once they’ve begun. To book yourself in to any of the Courses or Therapies, just take a look at the latest timetable of activities on the news page to see what’s going on, and then get in touch with a member of Staff, either in person, over the phone, via email, or by using the contact page on this website, and ask them to sign you up.
Art Group – Drawing, painting, print-making, using found materials, exploring art as psychotherapy as well as self-expression.
Paper Making Group – Turning waste paper into handmade paper and greeting cards.
Media Group – Creative writing, poetry, writing articles and reviews, photography, publishing a newsletter, and making videos. A group all about expressing yourself and sharing important information with a wider audience.
Walking Group – A chance for people to think, enjoy nature, take a little exercise, and talk to others if they feel like it.
Beach & River-Combing Group – A group that goes on walks at low tide to gather found materials from beaches and river banks, that can be brought back and used to make things. For example, sea glass can be turned into jewellery, driftwood can be turned into picture and mirror frames, fossils can be cleaned and sold as ornaments. We sometimes remove and dispose of rubbish while we’re at it.
Gardening Group – Growing pot plants from seeds, making bonsai trees from cuttings, cultivating a garden or patio on site, taking part in community projects or paid commissions.
Allotment Group – Growing flowers, fruits and vegetables to take home, contribute to the communal meal, or to sell or donate to the café or one of the other on-site social enterprises (e.g. to make jams and chutneys, pressed flower pictures).
SOUND & MUSIC THERAPY
Sound Therapy Group – Exploring sound as a tool to help people heal from mental and emotional trauma. We use singing bowls, gongs, shamanic drumming, chimes, tuning forks, handpans, tongue drums, vocal toning, and anything else that makes a pleasing and therapeutic sound.
Form a Band or Just Jam Group – Clients are invited to bring in acoustic instruments, meet other musically-minded people, and play together. Sometimes songs are recorded, and bands are formed.
PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL WELLBEING
Relaxation & Guided Meditation Group – Sitting quietly in small groups, as participants are lead through visualised experiences and journeys, that are designed to facilitate calmness, healing, and growth.
Mindfulness Group – Learning physical, mental, and emotional mindfulness techniques, that help participants not only to cope with difficult situations, but to realise their highest potential.
Yoga Group – An ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.
Comedy Group – A group that gets together to share funny films and books, stories and jokes, laughs and smiles. Unlocking the feel-good, and raising each others spirits.
Film Group – Meeting up to watch a film agreed by the group the previous week.
Games Group – Board games, role play games, card games, boules, quizzes, dominoes, etc.
Physical Health & Wellbeing Group – Practical advice about what to eat and drink and what not to eat and drink, healthy vs unhealthy interests and activities, alcohol and drugs, natural, alternative and holistic remedies, when to sleep, how to get to sleep, and how much we should be sleeping, how to get at least a little gentle exercise and fresh air, learning to listen to and trust what our body tells us, observing balance and moderation.
Exercise & Gym Group – Visiting sports and leisure centres in a small group, to participate in swimming, workouts, table tennis, badminton, squash, and other sports and physical activities.
SUPPORT & ADVICE GROUPS
Substance Abuse Support & Advice Group – A Staff or sometimes Volunteer-led support group that works closely alongside the Drug and Alcohol Service and Inclusion, to provide information, to facilitate programmes, and to offer moral support to help people kick bad habits.
Domestic Violence Support & Advice Group – Support and advice for those who have experienced, or are currently experiencing violence in their home.
Anxiety Support & Advice Group – Advice, counselling, and moral support for those who experience anxiety, panic attacks, and/or agoraphobia.
Depression Support & Advice Group – Advice, counselling, and moral support for those who experience bouts of depression.
Bipolar Support & Advice Group – Advice, counselling, and moral support for those who experience extreme swings in their emotions, from manic to depressive states.
Hearing Voices Support & Advice Group – Advice, counselling, and moral support for those who experience sounds and/or voices that only they can hear.
Caring for the Carers Support & Advice Group – Advice, counselling, and moral support for care givers, who sometimes need reminding they must also take care of themselves. Stress, exhaustion, and vicarious traumatization are epidemic amongst care-givers, making it vitally important that we put options in place that help people to take a break, let off steam, rest, recuperate, and find ways of processing painful and difficult experiences, rather than allowing them to build up.
Talking Therapy – Support provided in one-to-one sessions and small groups, often with people that have lived experience of the issues that you’re dealing with.
Life Coaching – Therapeutic programmes designed to help people carve a new pathway, towards a healthier, happier, and more successful future.
Computer Group – Coming soon. This will be provided in the near future, once we’ve acquired the computers needed to offer this group.
Community Projects Group – Identifying a problem or a deficiency in the local area, and then endeavouring to solve it as part of a small team.
Personal Projects Group – Time and space for people to practice and share their hobbies, skills and interests. A social and therapeutic space for people to learn, teach, and just be.
Volunteering Group – A group that facilitates volunteering opportunities, either within Isorropia or externally, working in partnership with friendly organisations such as Aspire, Community Action, and those involved in our Isorropia Community Champions programme. When volunteering internally, a good first step is often to assist someone who is already delivering a course, group or therapy, and then, when they feel ready, lead an activity of their own (with an assistant helping them).
Employment Advice & Support Group – A group where people can discuss and learn about career options and apprenticeships, make CV’s, conduct mock interviews, and connect with organisations like the Wheatsheaf Trust, No Barriers, and JobCentre, to help them find a job that they enjoy, and can manage in the long-term.