Aims & Beliefs
- No one is pressurised to join in.
- No one is pressurised into talking until they feel ready to share.
- We try to provide reasssurance to people about their symptoms in order to reduce their anxiety and to provide a calming influence when people need it most.
- We show compassion and sincerity in our caring for each other, so that people want to continue to see, meet and support each other.
- We try to foster drive, determination and encouragement between members.
- Understanding and tolerance are given to members and their partners.
- People can meet others with similar problems and so share experience, treatments and others’ enthusiasm, energy and dreams.
- We can therefore exchange ideas, values and experiences with others.
- You don’t have to come to a group meeting to benefit, but can meet a member confidentially on a one to one basis.
- Confidentiality – nothing gets talked about outside the group to anyone.
- Members are committed to each other outside of meetings and group members can rely on each other.
- There is knowledge that someone is only a phone call away.
- There will be no value judgements on what you say, but members will be honest with each other.
- The group tries to be positive and express hope, but not at the expense of avoiding talking about death and endings as well about living, when there is a need to discuss these.
- Feelings are O.K. and there is a freedom to cry and to laugh.
- It is a place where you can grieve and can express difficult emotions.
- It helps people recognise their anger, and they are free and safe to express it and move on within the group.
- You can say things in the group you often can’t talk about elsewhere and people will try to listen to you and show empathy and understanding.