The East Yorkshire-based support group, Talking about Loss (TAL), is offering people a digital helping hand if they have been affected by the demands of the Coronavirus lockdown.
The group is staging two “virtual wellbeing socials” this coming weekend. There will be a chance to meet the professional therapists working with the group, pick up tips from local people on gardening, crafting, recipes, and a taster of mindfulness and meditation.
TAL, which was set up last year, was inundated at its first well-being pop-up cafes in East and North Yorkshire, which helped provide support for people suffering from bereavement or mental health issues.
Founder Jacqui Gunn from Shiptonthorpe, who created the group as her way of coping with the loss of her father, says: “A normal way of distracting ourselves from the pain of grief is to do things like meet friends, go shopping or to the gym, have a day out, go to a café for cake and coffee – to name but a few. Now we are in Lockdown, we just can’t access these distractions and old or ongoing grief may resurface.”
The group will be holding two virtual wellbeing socials using the Zoom platform. These will be on Saturday 18th April at 4pm and Sunday 19th April at 7pm. Zoom needs to be downloaded onto people’s devices, whether a PC, smartphone or tablet. The session should last no more than 40 minutes.
Jacqui adds: “Please let us know that you are taking part and we will message you the joining instructions. If you need help setting it up, just let us know.”
Jacqui’s next project is to open the TAL Community Hub and Wellness Barn in the centre of Market Weighton during 2020. This will provide a permanent venue for the counselling, physical and mental activities which will help people cope with confidence, bereavement and health issues. The launch of the Hub has inevitably been delayed by the Lockdown, but work is underway on refurbishing the building.
For more details about TAL, please visit www.talkingaboutloss.co.uk, or follow the group on Facebook and Instagram.