About The Ripple Pond
A self-help support network for the adult family members
of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans
These peer-led, self-help groups meet regularly with the main aim of providing a space to express feelings safely, in a non-judgemental environment, where everyone can be heard. The groups are here for parents, spouses, siblings – indeed any adult family member who feels they would like support.
By sharing and listening in small confidential groups, our traumatic experiences begin to be processed. This all helps us move on in a more positive and pro-active way: we are taking control of our lives. Before attending one of our meetings we will have a chat with you so that you know what to expect and our small groups mean that a very warm and personal welcome awaits you.
In between meetings, we then also offer a Buddy system and secret online forum.
Our Unique ‘Buddy System’
The Buddy system works by putting members directly in contact with another member should they wish. We look at location and situation when looking to connect members. From there you can get to know others in your area for one on one support and sharing.
Secret Online Forum
The Ripple Pond operates a judgement-free, online forum through social media. When you become a member you will be invited to join in discussions and offer or seek support as and when you are ready. There is never any pressure to participate in conversations and it is accessible 24hrs a day.
To access the channels of support available you need to first become a member, this is a very easy and quick process. We are a charity so there is no financial charge to our members. Use our ‘Access Support’ page and we will call you back with 24 hours (during the working week, 48 hours over the weekend) to ensure we can give you the level of support you need.
We take confidentiality very seriously. We are not part of the chain of command and will never pass your information on to any other organisation without your consent. When joining The Ripple Pond, you will be asked to agree to our Members Agreement. All members are reminded that they may only share their own journeys and not those of any others, and all information shared at meetings, via telephone or on Facebook is kept strictly confidential.