Find out how Sarah uses her art as a therapy and to raise money for the Centre.
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 condition like MS, 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.
Due to COVID-19 our face-to-face groups have all been suspended. We are unsure when these will be able to resume. However we have moved a couple of them online as specific Facebook groups.
Our main social group is a place where anything goes! There is a weekly quiz posted each week. The group are very chatty and love to share things to make everyone smile. They also offer support to each other, something that has become so important over the past few months.
The perfect group for those who enjoy trying their hand at being creative. We have two 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.
Both of these groups are open to our members and their carers or family members. Simply click on the links above and request to join.
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. This is especially so during these current times of shielding and social distancing, when you may feel disconnected from the world outside.
- 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
Coronavirus can be more severe in people with MS so we have measures in place to reduce the risk of infection.
With MS you don't have to stop doing sports you love, you might just need to do them a little differently. We took some of our members on activity days to try something new.
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Our next Give it a Go session is Percussion Fun, brought to you by Chilterns Music Therapy.
Join our Chillax sessions for an hour of "me-time". These sessions are under threat if attendance numbers do not pick up.
Join our weight loss programme and we can help you to lose weight and maintain a healthy balance.