Youth Matters Peer Support Groups
“ I really enjoy Mind In Somerset Youth Matters because everyone is really supportive and everyone understands what you are going through. Everyone is really friendly and isn’t judgmental. I really enjoy it.”
Youth matters peer support groups are now running in person and online. They are free and informal and give you the chance to meet other young people who may be experiencing similar issues in a safe, friendly and non-judgmental environment and allow you to both give and receive support to each other.
We have 2 age groups: 11 years up to 18 years and 18 years up to 24 years. Run by a team of staff and volunteers, our sessions are an opportunity to talk and share experiences, whilst learning some tools and resources to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and to help you cope better with life’s ups and downs. However we do not make anyone talk about why they have joined if they do not want to.
Our 18 to 24 year old groups will also include help and advice with independent living such as budgeting, completing forms, writing CV’s and healthy cooking (cooking activities are temporarily paused due to Covid-19).
Mind has been a good experience for me, especially during the COVID lockdown.
Due to the success of our Summer walking and talking groups, when weather permits, we can also offer our peer support group members the option of doing a walking and talking session instead of the peer group session. We will let group members know if the walking and taking group will be running instead of the peer support group, so they have the option not to come for the walking sessions if they do not want to.
Our groups are run fortnightly but alternate so that you can have weekly support if you join both an in person group and the online group.
Our in person peer support groups are in the following areas: