Peer Support Groups

Peer Support means just that, support from your peers!  All our groups are friendly, informal and either free or low cost, and you don’t need any skills or experience to join in.

How do I join?

Our Peer Support groups are open to anyone living in the Mid Cheshire area with a mental health issue.

You do not need to be under the care of a mental health team to access the support. There is no commitment to come every week. If you would like to come along to a group, just contact us for full details.

Most groups are supported either by staff or by our volunteers; some have experienced mental health issues themselves. This means you can talk openly and honestly with people who truly understand. Although there is no expectation to talk about your own mental health experiences, you can often learn from someone who has been through a similar experience.

Our groups offer a range of different activities including:

  • Art Group: Led by volunteer Christine, who is a local artist, this group is suitable for both total beginners or the more experienced! All materials are provided.
    Visit our ‘Gallery’ to see examples of art produced by the group.
  • Craft Group: Led by volunteer, Lynda, this group give you a chance to explore your creativity and make simple craft projects. All materials are provided.
  • We are aiming to restart the art and craft groups shortly.

We also welcome skilled crafters who can share their knowledge with the group.

Poetry Group:  led by two Members, Gill and James, you can show your creativity through writing poetry or if you prefer, simply listen to poetry readings. Local poets sometimes visit and share their poetry and experiences with the group.

Walking Group: led by Cheshire West and Chester’s Health Ranger, Chris Moseley, this weekly group offers you a chance to get walking in your community. Winsford has lots of scenic routes for you to enjoy and walking as a group provides companionship as well as a chance to get fit, be outdoors and improve your mental health. The Walking Group is every Thursday at 1pm.

The Naafi Café is a welcoming peer support group for veterans or ex-service personnel, giving them a chance to meet and chat about their experiences, challenges and progress.  Meeting fortnightly on a Thursday evening the group is open to anyone aged 18+, male or female.

We are currently searching for a volunteer to restart the Naafi Café. Click here to apply

The group now meets on a monthly basis and is led by two experienced volunteers.

Other activities can vary depending on the time of year and of course, on what Members have asked for, but can include:

Guest speakers, themed events, mindfulness, holistic therapies, bingos and quizzes, social events, training events.