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Supporting People with Eating & Body Perceptual Difficulties

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St Denys Community Centre

Priory Road

St. Denys

Southampton

SO17 2JZ

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We are a Southampton based support group for anyone who feels that their eating habits or negative perceptions of themselves are getting in the way of a fulfilling life. We strive to provide a safe and non-clinical space for anyone to turn up to our meetings and feel able to participate. We are hosting regular meetings in St Deny’s Community Centre at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month. The community centre is a short walk away from St Deny’s train station and has ample free parking so feel free to pop in to one of our sessions. Tea and coffee will be provided (soya milk and decaf and alternative teas are also available)! We will have resources to local help available at the session if you wish to explore these options then just have a chat with us.

If you want to get in touch beforehand you are more than welcome to e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. All enquiries welcome. If you have any disabilities or additional needs before a meeting please get in contact with us hello@acaciadreams.co.uk .


We have two online communities on facebook that you may want to join:

A group for those who are struggling:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/378639479241993/

A group for those supporting those who are struggling:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/152289738739213/

What To Expect

We are a pro-recovery group but there’s no pressure in our group to recover. We acknowledge that the journey through eating difficulties is different for everyone and our group supports those at whatever stage they are at. If you would feel more comfortable bringing someone to support you at the meeting then please do!

Format of the Group Meeting

Arrive at 19:30

19:30 – 19:50 – Coffee and Tea with Arts and Crafts

19:50 – 20:40 – Group Discussion

20:40 – 21:00 – Wind Down

Acacia Dreams Ground Rules

  • What is said in the group stays in the group.
  • Share feelings and experiences, but not advice.
  • Accept each other without making judgements.
  • Practice active listening. Give everyone an opportunity to share.
  • Avoid interrupting or having side conversations.
  • Put phones on silent.
  • Be respectful and sensitive to others.
  • No numbers, particularly calories and weight.
  • Abusive or belittling language or attitudes to members of the group will not be tolerated and you may be asked to leave.

Recommendations for group members

  • Do not exchange personal information e.g phone numbers.
  • Please turn up on time, sometimes being late is unavoidable but if you are late please come in quietly.
  • Use ‘I’ language as much as possible.
  • Avoid individual problem solving. No one of us is an expert and no one knows what is best for another.
  • Emergency support should be directed to the emergency services or support such as the Samaritans.
  • If you feel overwhelmed by the situation you are in, let one of the group facilitators know; do not feel obliged to sit in an uncomfortable situation. If a facilitator is available to do so they will follow your lead and leave the room with you and can discuss whether you want to rejoin the group or leave when you are ready to do so.

Confidentiality and Broadening Confidentiality

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is fundamental to our group and to providing a safe space. We ask that what is discussed within the group stays within the group. Group facilitators respect information we are told within the group and no information will be passed on. However, we are unable to vouch for individuals at the group, beyond asking that all members of the group respect other’s right to speak in the knowledge that what they say will not leave the room.

Keeping you safe

Your safety is important to us and in extreme circumstances confidentiality will have to be broadened.

‘We’ refers to the ‘Group Facilitators’.

In an immediate emergency, such as a member of the group being taken seriously ill during a group session, we will contact 999. Further to this, we will ask you if we are able to broaden confidentiality (extend the confidentiality to people outside of the group) if it is perceived that you are at serious risk of causing yourself or others harm. You will be fully involved in this process. We will talk to you and explain our concerns and ask if we can contact anyone to offer further support to you. Depending on your request, we will contact emergency services, family or your local GP surgery. If we are made aware that a third party is in immediate danger or harm, specifically a child, we will have to break confidentiality in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and do what we can to protect that child by passing on information to the relevant services.

Please note that we can only offer support within the group session. If you choose to leave a group session or refuse our request to break confidentiality we will be unable to pursue further action. We cannot take any responsibility for individuals after they have left a group session.

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