Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join S2R?
To join S2R you need to simply fill out our APPLICATION FORM. The application form can be filled out by yourself, your GP, a Support Worker or a friend/relative. Once you have filled out the form it just needs to be sent back to us by email, fax or post and then we will get in touch with you via your preferred contact method choice.
How do I download an application form?
To download an application form you need to click on APPLICATION FORM. Select either a PDF or WORD document format and then you can either fill it out online or print it out and fill it out by hand. If you would like a hard copy of the application form you are able to collect one from Create Space or the Packhorse Gallery.
What if I cannot access the application form?
If you are struggling to access the application form you can simply give us a call on 01484 539531 or come into the Packhorse Gallery or Create Space and pick one up.
Are your services free of charge?
We offer a variety of services, which vary from free of charge to £80 for an 8-week course. For any of the prices for the services we provide please look at our EVENT calendar and select your chosen service and it will tell you the charge.
What makes me eligible to join S2R?
Currently we only provide services to individuals who are 16 or over and live in Kirklees or surrounding districts.
Does S2R offer mental health advice?
Yes. We offer a range of services that provide mental health support and a comprehensive signposting service.
Does S2R Create Space have disabled access?
S2R Create Space offers disabled access and facilities on the groun floor. If you are joining a session and require disable access, please contact us so that we can make the relevant arrangements.
What facilities does S2R Create Space provide?
S2R Create Space has toilets, a refreshment area, meeting spaces, WiFi, quiet rooms and information boards.
What is the difference between an attendee and a volunteer?
An attendee is an individual who comes to our services.
A volunteer has a specific role within the organisation.
How can I support S2R?
There are a variety of different ways that you can support us. This can either be their donating your time by volunteering on any of the project or even by supporting us through fundraising events. Support to Recovery gives you the opportunity to become one of our ‘I Support S2R’ benefactors enabling you to donate regularly or on a one off term.
How can I become an artist?
If you are interested in displaying your work with us CONTACT US with the header "Exhibitor Enquiry – Packhorse Gallery" and we will then forward you an application form to complete and return with photos of what you create or you will be invited to attend a short meeting to discuss exhibiting in person so that you can see the spaces available.
How much will it cost to exhibit?
Our fee for exhibiting ranges from £6 - £40 per month. This fee includes advertising, labelling and promotion of the artist.
What happens if I sell something?
If you sell an item, you can then replace it with a new item within your membership period.
How and when will I get paid?
We keep a record of all sales on your inventory sheet and pay out on a monthly basis; your payment will be ready for you to collect at the Gallery by the 5th of the month following your sale. We take a commission fee of 30% off the sale price but this goes back into continuing the project and support S2R.
Can anyone come to the Gallery?
Yes, the Gallery is open to the public, both to browse, join community sessions and become artists. Our intention is to reduce isolation and stigma surrounding mental health as well as encourage integration, peer support and involvement.
How could being a member of the Gallery help me?
The Gallery hopes to provide an opportunity to people who may not get a chance to display their creativity elsewhere, we help and advise new artists, making their experience a positive one and encourage people to realise their potential. Seeing someone learn they've made their first sale is such a wonderful moment and we have already seen artists and regular visitors grow in confidence and self esteem just by being involved in our project. Also have many artists who successfully sell and exhibit their work in other areas and have helped others to exhibit in different places.
What will we be doing on the ‘Nature in You’ course?
‘Nature in You’ will include a range of activities, aimed to inspire you to connect with nature, the outdoors, others and ultimately yourself. By taking time out from the busy environment that we often find ourselves in, the sessions will provide the space to slow down, relax, play and create. We’ll be doing different activities each week, such as; basic cooking, willow weaving, creativity and mindfulness. Each session will be tailored for the setting and the seasons, with the basis on how we can interact with nature through our senses.
What is Eco-therapy?
Any time spent with nature that makes you feel good!
What can I do after the course to continue feeling the benefits from the outdoors?
We link to a range of other outdoor groups that we can provide information about and support you in joining. You can find out more about these groups in the last session of the ‘Nature in You’ course.
Support to Recovery (S2R) run regular creative, well-being, eco-therapy, meditation and mindfulness groups/courses, as well as our own regular allotment group. Take a look at our events/shop page for more information and how to attend.
We also run the course throughout the year, you can always come on it again!
Who is this course for?
Adults aged 18+ who would like to improve their well-being.
I’ve never spent much time outdoors; will this group be right for me?
It’s never too late to start feeling the benefits from being in the outdoors. We aim to create a relaxed, welcoming and ‘no-pressure’ environment, in which you can start to notice how the outdoors can help your well-being. ‘Nature in You’ is not task orientated and you will never be asked to take part if you do not feel able. Some of the sessions also include some time indoors, particularly if the weather is bad.
If you want to spend more time outdoors after the course, we can provide information and support to do so.
I work during the week; do you run anything outside of office hours?
We currently only offer the ‘Nature in You’ course during standard office hours. We also have links to other outdoor groups in Kirklees who run on weekends/evenings, and can provide you with their information and/or support you in starting with them.
We run taster sessions of the ‘Nature in You’ course at events that are community led and therefore our operating hours are flexible. Keep up to date with where we are by visiting the ‘Shop & Events’ page or any of our social media platforms.
What does the offer of support include?
We offer 6-8 weeks support with attending ‘Nature in You’ and starting new outdoor groups or activities in Kirklees. For more information please speak with a member of the ‘Outdoors’ team, at S2R.
What if I can’t make every session?
There is no obligation to attend the whole course; however this course will be most beneficial for you if attended fully. Each week is designed to follow on from the last, as a gradual introduction the various skills and tools that we can all access through being outdoors, as a way to improve our well-being.
If you are having difficulty in attending and would like some support, please mention this to a member of the ‘Outdoors’ team at Support to Recovery.
What do I need to wear?
We recommend you wear outdoor clothes, sturdy shoes and coat, and consider changes in weather at all times including sun cream in sunny weather!
What does it cost?
All our community led outdoor opportunities and Recovery College Courses are free to attend but travel expenses are not paid.
Do you have disabled access?
Our S2R Create Space building has disabled access and toilet facilities; however the ‘Nature in You’ course will be run from various locations. For access information on any other sites, or to make us aware of accessibility issues, please contact us directly. Making our courses fully inclusive is of high importance to us.
I’m from another group or organisation, do you do partnership work?
We’re always looking for creative ways to work with other organisations! We can offer taster sessions for existing groups, or local events, and can tailor it towards the needs or requirements that these may have.
Please contact us directly for more information.
Are there any volunteering opportunities to help run the ‘Nature in You’ course or at S2R Create Space?
We can offer various micro-volunteering and volunteer facilitator roles within S2R. Please contact us directly to see what roles are currently available.
MINDFULNESS AND MEDIATION
What's the difference between the two courses?
Are you more interested in finding a solution, or asking the question?
The course for well-being is probably most beneficial to those wanting to develop better ways to cope with stress, pain, difficult emotions and thoughts. The course for insight is probably the most beneficial for those wanting to discover more about the nature of reality and their place in the larger scheme of things. Some might consider the course for insight more advanced but it really depends on your outlook.
Do I need to have practised meditation before?
It's not essential for either course but as a complete beginner the course for wellbeing is a comprehensive foundation.
How do I know if meditation is right for me?
There is increasing evidence that meditation and mindfulness can help the majority of people live a happier and healthier life. Whilst it is certainly possible for those experiencing bi-polar, schizophrenia, dementia and epilepsy, for example, to improve their quality of life through meditation and mindfulness, the most effective method for individual conditions is inconclusive.
What's the difference between meditation and mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a skill, meditation is form of practising this skill. When likened to exercise, mindfulness is a muscle, meditation is a gym.
How many people will be on the course?
There will be ten places allocated for each five week course. We will need a minimum of five people to run it. So there will normally be between five and ten people on each course.
I don’t feel comfortable with coming to a group – can you do this one-to-one?
We only run the course as a group and don’t offer it one-to-one. Quite a lot of people feel like this and although it can be very hard to come along for the first time, there are benefits to attending a course like this as a group.
People have told us that it really helps to meet others and share experiences and to know that you are not the only one who feels like you do. Part of the reason for this welcome session is to allow people to come along and meet us and see what it’s all about and to help people feel more confident about attending the course.
If you feel you need a little bit more help to come along to the group then let us know and we can meet you and talk through what we can do – we have a support worker who can meet you off the bus or train, sit with you during sessions and help with things like filling in the worksheets etc
Is it group therapy and will I have to tell people about my life and how I feel?
No it is definitely not group therapy and although we encourage active participation and conversation in the group, you will not be required to talk about yourself or disclose any personal information with which you would not feel comfortable.
If you don’t want to share an experience, then that’s fine. Although, you may find that after getting to know the group, you feel a bit more comfortable in talking about things and that you get a therapeutic benefit from sharing some of your experiences.
At no point during the course will any pressure be put on you to speak out and some people have come along and enjoyed the course without joining in any of the group discussions.
Do I have to attend the whole course?
The course runs for 5 weeks and we ask that you attend all five sessions if possible, as you will gain the most from the course if you do all the sessions. We do require that everyone attends Week 1 and that if you cannot attend Week 1 of this course, you wait for the next available course start date.
We appreciate that things such as illness, appointments, unplanned events etc. can get in the way and mean that you someone might miss the odd session. In this case we are happy to meet up with you outside the course to go through the hand outs of the session you missed. The courses are planned to run during school term times.
What happens when the course ends?
There will be the option to attend a follow-on support group. This will be run on a ‘drop-in’ basis, so people can attend occasionally or regularly to suit. There will be a small charge for attending. We will tell you more about this whilst the course is running.
You may also go on to attend other courses and events that S2R run. Again we will provide you with more information about these on the course.
You may also be interested in getting more involved with the Ways to Wellbeing course and helping us to run the sessions as a volunteer peer mentor.
I am unwaged / claiming benefits, do I still have to pay?
Yes, the minimum contribution of £2 per session applies to everyone who attends the course. This is a condition required by Community Partnerships who have provided the money for us to run this programme.
I am not confident with reading and writing. Will this be a problem for me on the course?
During the sessions we mostly talk through the material, supported by PowerPoint presentations. We do give out some worksheets and information sheets, but you will still get plenty from the course even if you do not use these. If you are happy our support worker can help you to fill in the worksheets during the course. Please let us know before the course starts if you would like some help and we can discuss the best way to support you with this.