Chas Burton talks about his role as a volunteer at the Centre, helping out in the café, and also his role as a carer as his wife has MS.
Our therapeutic leisure groups are informal, welcoming groups offering various fun activities and events. Members enjoy a drink and chat with peers or join in with one of the wide range of activities on offer.
The aim of the therapeutic leisure groups is to provide people with the opportunity to connect with other members and to participate in fun activities. When dealing with a long-term neurological conditions, life can become dominated by day to day essentials. This leaves little time, energy and resources for enjoying the fun things in life. We want to help you to redress this balance.
Social and Fun Facebook Group
As well as our main Facebook Group, we also have a social Facebook group where anything goes! The group are very chatty and love to share things that make people smile. They also offer support to each other, something that has become so important in recent years.
Angell Art Group
The Angell Art Group is perfect for those who enjoy trying their hand at being creative. We have wonderful artists who set challenges and give demonstrations and tips. Whether you love to draw or are a complete novice, this group is a fun way to get creative and connect with other members at the same time. In the past we have created pieces that have been sold at our art exhibition, Christmas cards and calendars.
One group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 2pm while the other meets fortnightly on Wednesdays at 10am. Check out the Centre Timetable for actual dates.
If you’d like to join one of the Angell Art Groups then please email Jo Kendall.
There is also a Facebook group for Angell Art that members and carers are welcome to join.
Growing Bright Wild Art
Art and craft can have therapeutic value because they provide a way for individuals to express themselves and cope with emotions. Engaging in art and craft activities can also improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, the creative process can be used as a form of self-expression and can help individuals gain insight into their thoughts and feelings. They can also be used as a form of relaxation and mindfulness, which can improve overall wellbeing.
Our Growing Bright Art and Crafts Group is about bringing nature and cosiness into our homes. It is an art group with a difference as we use natural materials and recycled object to aid our creativity.
The group meets fortnightly during term time on Fridays at 10am. Check out the Centre Timetable for actual dates.
If you’d like to come along then please email Jo Kendall.
Have you got a craft project on the go? It could be cross stitching, knitting, painting, crocheting, or any other small craft project. Bring your project along and enjoy a good natter with fellow members whilst crafting. Note that it is designed to be an informal session with no tuition given.
The group meets (usually) on the last Friday of the month at 2pm. Check out the Centre Timetable for actual dates.
If you are interested then please contact Cathy Garner to let her know you will be attending.
Boccia is a ball sport related to bowls which has been at the Paralympic Games since 1984. It was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy but now includes athletes with other conditions that can affect motor skills. Boccia can help the players to keep a range of movement in their upper-body, and the score is always kept so there is a real incentive to win and keep pushing their limits! The aim is to help people with mobility issues to become more active, independent and involved in their wider community, and ultimately enjoy the power of sport.
The group meets every Thursday at 12.30pm.
If you are interested in taking part then please email Jo Kendall.
We also provide monthly activity packs for those who need inspiration for doing activities with their loved ones at home, especially if they cannot get online. These include word searches, quizzes and more. You can request a pack by sending an email and you will then be sent one every month.
HOW CAN A GROUP LIKE THIS BENEFIT ME?
Enjoying social and leisure activities within a group setting can help in many ways, both physically and emotionally.
- Lifting mood/reducing stress
- Improving confidence/providing a feeling of achievement
- Recognising existing skills and learning new ones
- Forming new friendships & widening support networks
- Strengthening thinking skills (e.g. concentration / memory)
- Providing a sense of structure and purpose
- Improving physical stamina & increasing energy levels
Volunteering has enriched my life
Lisa Tervit has been volunteering at the Chilterns MS Centre since November 2022 when she introduced a new art-based group that used natural or recycled materials to create beautiful art and craft.
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On Wednesday 13 April we were delighted to be featured on BBC South Today, here is the footage.
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