Attend a Meeting
The Ripple Pond facilitates free, peer-led self-help support meetings throughout the UK. These are designed to provide you with a place where you can meet and talk face-to-face with those facing similar difficulties as your own. The number of people in the group is kept small and meetings are usually between two and three hours long to ensure everyone who wants to share, can.
Who runs the meetings?
All meetings are run by a Group Administrator. This is a Ripple Pond member who will organise the date for each meeting and will often organise the venue and inform members of dates and times (with the support of The Ripple Pond’s Head Office). Group Administrators are not there to counsel others, they are there to listen and share like all members, and without their dedication, we cannot run the group!
Where and when are the meetings?
The date and broad location or area for each meeting is published and advertised, however venue details are only provided to members of The Ripple Pond to protect the confidentiality of those attending.
We aim to set meeting locations that are within a one hour travel distance from each group member. The Ripple Pond is a growing organisation so there may not be a group or meeting in your area yet. If this is the case, you will be given the option to travel (at your own expense) to the nearest group, or seek support via our private Facebook page, email and phone until sufficient members in your area have joined so we can establish a group. The option to become a Group Administrator and facilitate your own group is also available to each member.
Before attending one of our meetings we will have a chat with you so that you know what to expect. Our small groups mean that a very warm and personal welcome awaits you.
If you would like to come along to the next meeting in your area, do get in touch.
We currently have active groups in the following areas
Aldershot, Basingstoke, Bedford, Brighton, Chorley, Colchester, Glasgow, Hull, London, Newcastle, Newton Abbot, Poole, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Sheffield, Swansea, Tonbridge, Weston-Super-Mare
We have the potential carry out meetings in the following areas
Birmingham, Bradford, Cheltenham, Ellesmere Port, Inverness, Lincoln, Maidstone, Norfolk, Oxford, Hastings
There are many other areas across the UK where, once another member has joined we can look to set up a support group. If you would like to know more about these potential groups, please get in touch.