Recovery Writing Group at the Edge Cafe

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Creative writing can be used as a tool to help with wellbeing and recovery. At this safe, supportive group you'll be guided to express yourself using writing prompts. The group meets weekly in person and online. Anyone aged 16+ is welcome, no previous writing experience needed.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Writing can help to reduce stress and build confidence
  • It can be helpful for those experiencing anxiety or depression
  • It’s a nice way to spend time in a group with others without feeling pressure to chat

“When I visited the Edge Cafe for Writing for Recovery, I was aware that I felt comfortable once the session started. The pace was good – not too fast or slow, and I produced some work I was happy with, to share and keep. Feedback was genuine and encouraging, and by the end of the session I felt a sense of achievement that was good for my self-esteem.”

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What to expect

The Recovery Writing Group meet on Tuesdays from 1-2pm in the Hayman Room at the Edge Cafe. The group is hybrid so you can attend the group online if you prefer. Join via Zoom using ZOOM ID: 892 5883 6870 – PASSWORD: writing.

Everyone is welcome to join, no previous experience is required. There is no need to book, you can just come along to the sessions you wish to attend. When you arrive at the EDGE Café the staff will be able to direct you to the group. All materials are provided.

The sessions are run by an experienced facilitator who leads the group through different writing exercises. You will be given prompts as inspiration and encouraged to write for a certain number of minutes. You will have the opportunity to share what you have written with the group, but there is never any pressure to do this.

More information

The EDGE Café is located on Mill Road on the Brookfield Hospital site. Parking is limited, but there is a Citi 2 bus stop nearby.

There is an accessible toilet in the café.

You can find out more about other activities on offer at the EDGE Café by visiting this page.

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The group is free to attend whether in person or on Zoom

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You can purchase food and drink from the Cafe


How to contact

Where to go

The EDGE café
351 Mill Rd

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