Eight months after I set up a peer led support group following the death of my father, I’m very excited and proud to announce that I have taken on the lease of a property for a community well being hub.

In the eight months since Talking about Loss was launched, the group has branched out with regular wellbeing social events in Driffield and Selby where people who are experiencing loss come together for emotional support and company.

Talking about Loss is a warm, friendly, supportive peer led meet up group that was set up for people to talk freely about loss and enjoy regular activities together.  

Through the wellbeing socials, I quickly learnt that loss comes in many forms other than death – loneliness, depression, dementia, anxiety, degenerative illness, stress and so the list goes on.

I had a clear vision of what I wanted to achieve to give back to the community whilst giving me a positive outlook and focus and now my dream has become a reality.”

We’re hoping to assemble a ‘DIY SOS’ team of local people to get the building ready for a launch party before Easter. Plans for the building include a social area, a dementia friendly area with a 1950’s theme, a children’s play corner and a treatment/therapy room. Activities on offer will include crafts, mindfulness, skills sessions, guest speakers and workshops.

Professional Counsellor Kathy Collinson will also visit the hub regularly

Talking about Loss will hold community drop in socials three mornings a week to start with and the hub will be available for community groups on those afternoons.

We are a space offering a friendly, sociable, comfortable space for people of all ages to come and be with like-minded people, signposting and focusing on the needs of the community.

I know a lot of us struggle and some days are better than others but  being with people who know what you are going through can make a real difference.

If you are interested in being part of our hub, or can donate your time, expertise, trade, etc. please get in touch with me by email, jacquigunn1060@gmail.com, by  phone  on 07885 206473 or via the website www.talkingaboutloss.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Jacqui x