Harry: Why are we all standing round some manky old boot?
Fred: Not just any manky old boot, mate, it’s a Portkey!
Harry: What’s a Portkey?
In Harry Potter, a Portkey is an ordinary-looking object that, when touched, will magically transport the toucher to a specific location. We need all the Portkeys to support groups we can find.
Get in touch if you know of or run a group that you think should be added to the Society’s list of connections.
As far as I know, Chill is the first and only group to compile such a directory. It is important that groups reach out to each other and work together.
Derby Depression Club was formed in 2003 as a follow on group to support people with anxiety and depression after discharge from hospital and therapy. Today the Club is a thriving organisation which holds regular meetings in a relaxed and friendly environment, as well as informal social events.
Activities comprise of guest speakers on a wide range of topics from medication to alternative therapies, quiz nights, and in house discussions.
There is no membership fee, but a donation of £1 per visit is requested to cover the cost of the room and refreshments.
The Club is open to all adults suffering from anxiety and depression as well as friends, relatives and carers.
Coping with Anxiety, Sherwood (found via Anxiety UK)
A friendly group, where people with a range of anxieties can share their experiences and learn methods to help them cope and overcome anxiety. Welcomes people from Nottingham and surrounding areas. The venue has level access, meetings are held on the ground floor and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. There is no induction/hearing loop system. £2 charge at meetings towards room hire. Meetings are held 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm-9.00pm.
Address: Sherwood Community Centre, Mansfield Road (opposite Woodthorpe Drive), Nottingham, NG5 3FN.
Phone: 0115 911 1661, c/o Self Help Nottingham’s Information Service, Monday-Friday, 9.00am-1.00pm
First Steps is Derbyshire’s only eating disorder charity. We support people all over Derbyshire and the surrounding areas who are affected by eating difficulties and disorders; this includes parents, partners and families. All of the staff and volunteers have had personal experience of an eating disorder either as a sufferer or as a loved one, and food no longer controls their everyday lives. First Steps offers a friendly and non-judgmental atmosphere for anyone who is having difficulties with food related issues; you don’t have to be diagnosed with a particular eating disorder. If you come along to our sessions on 16 Agard Street, you will soon realise that there are other people feeling the same way as you.
We offer support to people of all ages with any type of eating difficulty or disorder.
We are a support group for the sufferers, families and carers of Myalgic Encephalopathy (M.E) & Fibromyalgia (F.M), and we have been lending support since 2005. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month, in the mornings, from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Please note there is a £1 a meeting fee, which goes towards our room rental and refreshments.
New Beginnings (NB) is an art group for those who have had to retire early through chronic ill health and/or disability. This is a lovely group, even though our membership changes and grows, there is still a genuine sense of belonging and camaraderie. Fancy joining us? Then pop along and visit us. Whether you’ve been painting for years or don’t know one end of the paintbrush from the other (ok, actually, it WOULD help if you did know which end was which!), you’d be very welcome.
The group was founded in November 2013 initially for the Nottingham area and in September 2015 expanded to include the Derby area. It aims to organise a variety of events for anyone who suffers socially to make some new friends, improve social skills, gain confidence and provide a friendly setting.
The group is open to people over the age of 18 who have an anxiety disorder, depression disorder, or a mental health problem.
A support group for dads with kids on the autistic spectrum, based in the Nottingham area. We meet for an informal social gathering, which might involve a beer or two, where we may or may not discuss our kids. Typically we will meet up around once a month to have a social drink/chat, play petanque, golf, bowling, theatre/panto, Scalextric, pub quizzes. The group offers a great opportunity to meet other dads who are in a similar situation to yourself, and can offer guidance and support based on a real-life understanding of living with kids on the autistic spectrum.
The group is based in Collingham, Nottinghamshire, about halfway between Nottingham and Lincoln, and draws support from the area covered by Collingham, Swinderby, North and South Scarle, Besthorpe, Girton, Norton Disney, Southwell, Ollerton, Newark and Balderton. Wednesdays 2-4pm.
We have up to date information on over 200 new and established self help groups in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
For people in north Nottinghamshire who suffer from chronic pain of any description. Partners, carers and helpers welcome. A self help group that provides support for, and promotes confidence in, people who suffer with chronic pain, through a varied programme of activities. Has regular speakers at meetings. Age from 16-90 years. Meetings: fortnightly on a Wednesday, 10.00am-12.00 noon, Healdswood Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 3EE. £1 charge for tea, coffee and biscuits. The venue has level access, meetings are held on the ground floor and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. There is no induction/hearing loop system.