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Groups and activities

SAGES is developing various groups and activities across Suffolk. To find out more, have a look and see what’s available in your area:

Open Space – Open Space groups are held in libraries. They are provided in partnership with our local mental health trust NSFT and other mental health community support providers Julian Support, Richmond Fellowship and Suffolk Mind.

The groups are held weekly with different activities and discussion topics. They are staffed by a combination of mental health staff, support workers and library staff. For information on timetables, please click here.

Making Space… Time for Mental Health Family Carers – Making Space groups provide one to one assistance and opportunities to access and share information. Groups are run by Suffolk Family Carers building on peer support. Making Space groups are county wide and can be set up in your area.

Currently there are five groups operating with a view to establishing more. Groups are initially staffed by mental health support workers with invited speakers or outings. The groups can become peer led and are influenced by carers views and expectations.

Peer Support Groups – Peer support brings together people with shared experiences to help one another through talking, listening, group discussions and activities.

Please select a group to see locations

Group Name Description Address Contact Time & Day
Peer Support A safe environment for anyone struggling with mental health. Visit Link Suffolk Mind office, Oriental House, 5 St Andrews North, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1TZ [email protected] 2pm-4pm on Tuesday
Peer Support Substance misuse family support group - Drop- in help and support for those affected by a loved one’s drinking or drug taking. (£5 donation per person or family) Suffolk Mind office, Oriental House, 5 St Andrews North, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1TZ Sandra: 07702012733 Di: 07780001424. 6.15pm – 7.30pm on Thursday
Peer Support Like Minds - A safe environment for anyone struggling with mental health. Visit Link Suffolk Mind office, Oriental House, 5 St Andrews North, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1TZ [email protected] 2pm-4pm on Tuesday
Peer Support Bi – Polar Support group - Monthly group run by Bi-polar UK for those living with or affected by Bi-polar; including family, friends and carers. Friends Meeting House, St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ Bi -Polar Uk 0333 323 3885 [email protected] 6.30pm- 8.30pm on 2nd Monday of the month
Peer Support Make It Art Group - An art group for anyone suffering with their mental health in a relaxed, friendly environment. Bury St Edmunds Mandy 0300 111 6000 2pm-4pm on Thursday 
Peer Support Minds United - A mental health peer support group. Suffolk Mind office, Oriental House, 5 St Andrews North, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1TZ Jen [email protected] Ellie [email protected] 0300 111 6000 11am – 2.30pm on Tuesday
Peer Support Asperger’s support group - A group for carers of teens and adults with aspergers. Edmundo Coffee Shop 28 Cornhill, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1DY 10am- 12pm on Last Thursday of the month
Peer Support Anxiety & OCD support - An informal, friendly group offering companionship and support for anxiety, depression, OCD, hoarding & Bi-polar Ipswich Anna: 07850 241 961  [email protected] on
Peer Support Bi-Polar support group - Monthly group run by Bi-polar UK for those living with or affected by Bi-polar; including family, friends and carers.  Suffolk Mind, Tooley Room, Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ [email protected] 0333 323 3885 6pm – 7.30pm on 1st Thursday of the month
Peer Support Eating Disorder group - A group for anybody seeking to improve their relationship with food and anybody managing an eating disorder. Wherry Flint Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ.  Suffolk Mind 0300 111 6000 6pm – 7.30pm on Thursday 
Peer Support PSN Network (Peer Support Network) - PSN Network meetings for those who have completed the full PSN training course Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ Steve Roche on 07727 658947 6.30pm – 9pm on 1st Tuesday of the month
Peer Support Swimming Self help group - A social, safe and therapeutic space for members to meet and participate in physical activity. Fore Street Swimming Pool, Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JZ Must contact Anthony Dooley beforehand on 07876 571791 3pm-4pm on Monday 
Making Space Informative and peer led family carer groups, to receive information, share ideas and experiences. Visit Link The Oakes Barn, The Community Meeting Room, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835420 6pm – 8pm on Last Tuesday of every month
Making Space Informative and peer led family carer groups, to receive information, share ideas and experiences. Visit Link The Oakes Barn, The Community Meeting Room, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835420 1:30PM – 3:30PM on Fridays - see website for dates
Making Space Informative and peer led family carer groups, to receive information, share ideas and experiences. Visit Link The Redwoods Hall, Red Gables, Stowmarket IP14 1BE Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835420 2.15pm – 4.15pm on Wednesdays - see website for dates
Making Space Informative and peer led family carer groups, to receive information, share ideas and experiences. Visit Link Coconut Loft, 8 Waterloo Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0AA Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835420 10:30AM – 12:30PM on Tuesdays - see website for dates
Making Space Informative and peer led family carer groups, to receive information, share ideas and experiences. Visit Link The Nave, Quay Place, St Mary at the Quay, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ Suffolk Family Carers 01473 835420 10:30AM – 12:30PM on Tuesdays - see website for dates
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Bury St Edmunds Library, Sergeants Walk, St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1TZ Bury St Edmunds Library 01284 338830 2pm-4pm on Monday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Felixstowe Library Crescent Road, Felixstowe IP11 7BY Felixstowe Library 01394 330850 2pm-4pm on Thursday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Haverhill Library Camps Road, Haverhill CB9 8HB Haverhill Library 01440 848095 12.30pm – 2.30pm on Friday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Ipswich Library Northgate Street, Ipswich IP1 3DE Ipswich Library 01473 927260 1pm-3pm on Wednesday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Newmarket library, 1a the Guineas, Newmarket CB8 8EQ, Newmarket Library 01638 661216 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Wednesday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Stowmarket Library, Milton Road, Stowmarket IP14 1EX Stowmarket Library 01449 700549 11am-1pm on Tuesday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Sudbury Library Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN Sudbury Library 01787 321595 12.30pm -2.30pm on Thursday
Open Space A relaxed and informal drop in, run in partnership with NSFT, Julian Support, Richmond fellowship and Suffolk Mind. Visit Link Woodbridge Library, New St, Woodbridge IP12 1DT Woodbridge Library 01394 330855 2pm - 4pm on Wednesday