Sharing time and space with people who have some of the same experiences as you can be such a relief.
You don't have to explain or justify yourself, which means you have more energy to focus on what matters to you. The learning and growth can be life changing.
Add a skilled facilitator, who holds the space, gently reminds the group of agreed boundaries, and challenges everyone to look at their difficulties and resources in new ways, and the learning and growth can be absolutely transformational.
This is what RISE offers.
How it works
If you decide to join us, you will be part of a group of chronically ill people, all of whom aim to make progress on something that matters to them.
Your 'something' might be deeply personal, or something you want to share with the world. It might be something you want to learn, or a creative project. It might be something to do with work or money, or with your social life or close relationships. It might seem tiny, or it might seem massive.
Every person in the group will focus on making progress at their own pace, in their own way, on their own thing, learning to flow and work with their own capacities and needs.
The group meets by Zoom (video optional), every week. Meetings are facilitated by Elinor Predota, our founder and programme director, with support from Ether Nepenthes, our operations director. In addition to holding the space with deep presence and calm, Elinor brings in perspectives and useful resources around:
assessing your needs
skills, capacity, and willingness
learning from 'mistakes' and 'failures'
boundaries and consent
and much more.
Members are also invited to come to our annual online retreat, which focuses on self-care planning for the year ahead.
Small group and buddy support
In addition to attending weekly membership calls and annual retreats, those who wish will have the opportunity join smaller groups of up to 12 members, and may also opt to buddy up with one or two other members, for more personal companionship, support and accountability.
The cost of membership is on a tiered scale, and will be clarified soon (depending upon whether or not we get grant funding.)
To decide where you might fit on our sliding scale, you can click here to take a short survey.
If you want to join, but paying even the Access level would risk your ability to meet your and your family's needs, please email us to propose a monthly contribution that feels good and manageable to you, and doesn't put your day to day thriving at risk.
When can I join?
Our action support group will be open for enrolment in late 2023. If you'd like to join us, drop us an email and we'll add you to the waiting list.