I am really excited to be able to offer this new and forming support group which I hope, will become a healing and reflective space for women and non-binary people of colour. Below, you will find all you need to know about the group in a Q&A format.
Why this group?
I have been running self-care workshops for over a year and one piece of feedback I recurrently receive is how very few safe spaces exist where we can be with each other and support one another in the business that is life and existing, as marginalised people. This group is an attempt at facilitating such a space.
What is the aim of the group?
The group’s ultimate aim is to support our wellbeing and our increase our capacity to reflect and feel connected. Nonetheless, it has no specific purpose other than being an open space to just be and, as such it will be fairly unstructured. My hope is that it will provide an opportunity to be/feel seen, heard and feel supported by others with shared lived experience.
Who is the group for?
This group is for women of colour and non-binary people of colour. Those who identify as trans women, are welcome to attend.
When is the group starting?
The group will start to meet in October, either on an evening during a weekday or during the week-end. It is anticipated that the group will meet weekly.
How long will the group meet?
This group is intended to be open, how long attendees use the space for, will be discussed and negotiated with each person concerned, it is likely that those able to attend for 2-3 months will derive the most benefits.
What is the duration of each meeting?
Each group meeting will last 1h30.
What is the group format?
There is no set structure to the group and it will become what we make of it. Nonetheless, the group will meet regularly for a set time (1h30), on a set day (to be confirmed).
Who will facilitate/conduct the group?
I will be facilitating/conducting the group but I hope that the space itself and the presence of others in the group, will be similarly supportive and healing.
Where will the meetings take place?
These will take place in London Euston at the Marchmont Community Centre which is at 62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB.
What if I am not sure I can attend every week or I am not sure I am suitable?
Please contact me and we can have a chat.
Will you continue to deliver your self-care workshops?
Yes. However, my capacity over the next few months is extremely limited so this support group is likely to be the only regular space I will be holding in the community.
Is there a cost?
Yes. As I need to cover my own costs. However, due to generous donations, I am able to offer each group session at the heavily subsidised fee of £7.50 per attendee. If this proves difficult for you, please contact me.
Are places limited?
Yes. Places will be strictly limited to 10 people maximum in any given group. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and a waiting list may be held so that when a place becomes available, it may be offered to someone waiting.
How can I join/find out more?
To manifest your interest please email me with either your Skype ID or a mobile number (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can arrange a brief chat. You can also contact me on Twitter @Kguilaine.
PLEASE NOTE THIS GROUP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED AND HOLDING A WAITING LIST. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO JOIN US WHEN A SPACE BECOMES AVAILABLE PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.
There is a small possibility that another parallel/different group may start next year, subject to capacity, do get in touch to leave your details if interested, and I will contact you if it materialises.