Emotional Support for
acquired Life Changing Conditions
Tuesday 11th September
Tuesday 9th October
Tuesday 11th December
The 2nd Tuesday in every month
Held at Westmill Community Centre (@
John Barker Pl, Hitchin SG5 2PG
Tel: 01462 452098
7pm till 9pm - £3 admission (to cover outgoings – not for profit)
No Refferal needed
Lifegeta isn't just about disability!... It's an empowering night in the company of
inspiring people, who despite the odds are getting on with it! ...
It’s a support network for all types people with acquired conditions + friends, family & carers.
This group provides support from others who may have similar issues,
with guidance from speakers, workshops, talks all in a social setting.
If you’re not sure! Come
along and see for yourself you’re more than welcome
This is a link to an interview I did on www.gracequantock.com talking
about Lifegeta and the Emotional Support Group
(Click the link below)
‘I want it to be a monthly meeting that’s not only social but where
people can share experiences with others that may have been through similar situations. I learnt so much myself through being with people dealing with the same emotional rollercoaster as me, I’d like to be able to do offer that experience for others.
I learned a lot about myself and through self development courses,
counselling, and self awareness, and confidence workshops. So I want to be able to offer those as workshops and courses to help personal growth. I truly believe that unless you are emotionally ready, then ‘fighting for you rights isn’t going to happen effectively.
Those who know me know I love going out (comedy clubs, theatre, pubs)but accessible venues in the Hitchin area are good but a bit sparse, so I hope to arrange a few events that are not only ‘me’ friendly but ‘everyone’ friendly’
My own mental health was very affected after having a stroke at the age of 26, my stroke was very severe and initially paralyse me from the eyes downwards, I was paralysed and both sides from having a double stroke affecting both sides of my body and completely unable to move I wasn't able to breath, swallow or talk,
I had 'locked in' syndrome about 10 days and I was in hospital altogether for about 52 weeks. Still with a long road to recovery ahead of me (the full story of my journey is on the website www.Lifegeta.co.uk)
After many years of depression due to the emotional affects of my new 'way of being', are used alcohol and food to consoled myself as it was the only thing I thought control in my life
But after falling out of my wheelchair I cut my eye open, it was then I knew things had to change so, started to eat more healthily, took my physio more seriously (something I couldn’t face while I was in crisis) and most importantly I got counselling to sort my emotions out.
This led me on to retrain as a counsellor myself (it took me 6 years working around the fatigue and the limitations of my disability), With the idea if I could just stop one person going through all the crap I had
This led me on the path of self improvement where I learnt techniques in life coaching and training In 2009 I had the idea to set up a group that would help with the emotional effects of being in the body that didn't do what it used to, I wasn’t sure how to start so I took a leap of faith and followed my gut feelings, I started with workshops on emotional coping strategies, which in turn led to the monthly meeting group.
The meetings have now been going for 5 years, and have gone from strength to strength, with a diverse mix of people not just those with a condition but Family, carers & friends. I like to think of the meetings as ‘social learning’, we usually have a speaker who talks about things relevant and useful to emotional recovery, from nutrition, coping strategies to other local support groups as well as support and advice from people who’ve actually ‘been there’. I believe that talking, discussion, self development groups and workshops can make a difference in getting 'YOU' back on track. We also have a strong Facebook following for people who can’t get to the meetings as well as a presence on Twitter and an active website.
We are always looking for speakers and other support networks who feel they can talk to our group about other additional advice.
Sue - Lifegeta Founder