What Happens in a Group?
Groups are designed to be ‘peer support’ which means that people attending the groups will have been assessed to have similar needs. For example, people attending a depression group will all be experiencing/have experienced depression. The groups are not counselling however do provide therapeutic value.
Who runs the groups?
The groups are facilitated by two people who are there to help keep the group safe for everyone. This tends to be a member of staff from CornerHouse alongside a trained volunteer.
Can I just come along?
Please contact CornerHouse before attending a group; this enables us to learn more about you and gives you an opportunity to learn more about us. We can then review together which type of group or service would suit you best and ensure that the right help is provided for you.
Do I have to register?
When you first attend CornerHouse you will be asked to complete a registration form. The information on this form is held confidentially within CornerHouse and gives us the necessary information should we need to contact you. See our Privacy Notice here for more information about your data.
Are my details confidential?
Groups and services provided at CornerHouse are confidential to CornerHouse. We will not normally disclose any information about you to anyone outside of CornerHouse without your consent. However we may do so, but only in exceptional circumstances:
- Where not to do so would break the law
- Where there is a risk of serious harm to yourself or others
If we disclose information we will strive to inform you beforehand and will disclose the least information necessary in the circumstances.
Personal information collected will be dealt with appropriately with the provisions under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018. Anonymised data is sent quarterly to commissioners to inform them on CornerHouse activities.
Are there any rules?
When you register with CornerHouse you will be given an A4 sheet which explains our group values and how we will hold your data. At the beginning of a support group the facilitators will go through some core ‘values’ of the group which are:
Every member is important and will be listened to with respect
We try to make sure everyone is able to have their say
We don’t pressurise anyone to speak
We always respect confidentiality
We share information but recognise that we are all different,
and that each member is responsible for their own decisions
What happens in a group?
All groups run slightly differently as it depends on the facilitators and group members, however as a general idea we try to:
- Welcome members to the group
- Remind the group of the group values (see above)
- Do a ‘check in’ which is an opportunity for you to have a few minutes to say anything you feel appropriate, e.g how your week was, whether there is anything you would like to come back to during the group, or just to say that you don’t want to talk today. There is no pressure to check in
- The rest of the group time tends to be then up to the group members as to what issues they would like to discuss.
- There will also be an element of learning within a group, so for example we may go through a worksheet together on negative thinking patterns, or relaxation techniques.
What do I say?
As the group value states, there is no pressure to say anything if you don’t want to. You may wish, at first, to just listen until you feel able to talk. Groups are not a space for talk about political, religious or any other topic – they are predominantly there for people to talk about their weeks, their feelings, etc. and get support.
Is there a limit on the number of groups I can attend?
There is no limit to the number of groups, so you can attend multiple groups per week over a number of weeks/months. It would be helpful, however, to review the need to attend groups over a sustained length of time, to ensure that CornerHouse is helping towards your recovery.