Our counselling service is a vital resource for people coping with the emotional impact of a life threatening condition. However, we recognise that some of the people in need of support might benefit from a different approach. With this in mind, we've been working with specialist practitioners to develop new services.
WHYoutdoors is a nature-based mindfulness course, aimed at those living with and beyond cancer. Also known as ecotherapy, it's an established form of therapy using outdoor activities in a natural setting to reduce stress and promote emotional and physical wellbeing. The next course runs from on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm and starts on 24th June.
Current restrictions mean we can't meet outdoors as planned, so the initial sessions will take place over Zoom. However, it is our hope and aim to hold later sessions in a shared outdoor setting provided it is safe and legal to do so.
The six-week course will bring a group of participants together, all of whom have cancer or are in remission, to explore the value of nature connection for healing. Activities will help you relax, reflect and restore your sense of emotional wellbeing. The first two sessions will focus on grounding and wellbeing, followed by two sessions promoting emotional healing and growth. The final two sessions have a theme of purpose and meaning.
If you'd be interested in taking part in the next WHYoutdoors group, please call 01373 455255 or email email@example.com.
Covid-19 crisis support service
Have you, or a member of your family had Covid-19? WHY's team of expert counsellors are experienced in supporting people impacted by health related trauma and bereavement. In response to the current crisis we have developed a crisis support service specifically for those people affected by coronavirus. We can offer you support over the phone to help you cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19. Please contact us on 01373 455255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHYConnect virtual coffee mornings
While we aren't able to meet for our regular 'Coffee Connection' group on Tuesdays co-hosted with our friends at Dorothy House, we're meeting via Zoom every Tuesday morning at 10.30am for an informal coffee and chat. This meeting is for everyone - we'd love to see people who've had counselling with us, their family and friends, our volunteers and anyone who supports WHY or wants to find out more about us.
You'll need to download the Zoom app and create a free account to join the meeting. Then you can click on the link below to join the coffee morning, or sign into the app, click 'Join meeting' and type in the meeting code 113 302 851 and the password, which is whyconnect.
WHY launched its new drop-in support group for anyone affected or bereaved by cancer or a life-limiting illness in December 2019 in partnership with Dorothy House Hospice Care. The group meets every Tuesday in the Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome from 10am to 12pm and is a friendly, supportive space to connect with others who have had similar experiences. There are always representatives of Dorothy House and WHY at the group for those who would like to ask about additional support available. And we buy the first drink!
The Coffee Connection will start again as soon as the official advice changes with regard to public gatherings. In the meantime, please contact us if you're in need of support via our telephone or online counselling services.
No booking required, just come along to the Cheese and Grain and look out for our table signs (pictured).