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Guideposts CONNECT Social Groups

Guideposts CONNECT Social Groups

Guideposts CONNECT social groups are FREE dementia-friendly friendship and support groups in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

They are for people living with long term health conditions, people who care for a friend or relative, and those looking to make new local friendships.

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Current Status: We are welcoming new members to all our groups. Please contact us if you would like to join. We hope to meet you soon!

How Guideposts CONNECT groups work

Our free groups meet fortnightly in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire for a conversation over a cuppa, building local friendships. We arrange activities so that you can discover new hobbies or learn something new, together with our main focus of sharing conversation with friends and having fun!  

For carers, you can take part either with the person you care for or independently. Carers can share hints and tips from other carers with similar experiences, or just enjoy a respite break.

CONNECT groups in Oxfordshire

CONNECT at Witney

Address:

Our Lady and St Hugh Catholic Church, Dene Rise, Witney, OX28 6LU

Day & Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2pm to 4pm.

CONNECT at Carterton

Address:

Carterton Town Hall, 19 Alvescot Road, Carterton, OX18 3JL

Day & Time: 3rd Monday of each month, 2pm to 4pm.

CONNECT at Kidlington

Kidlington Baptist Church in the Blue Room, High Street, Kidlington, OX5 2DS

CONNECT groups in Gloucestershire

CONNECT at Gloucester Farmers Club

Address: Gloucester Farmers Club, Agriculture House, Greville Close, Sandhurst Road, Gloucester GL2 9RG

Day & Time: Every other Thursday, 11am – 1pm.

CONNECT at Stroud

Address: Stroud Community Hub, 6 London Road, GL5 2AG (on the 230 bus route)

Day & Time: Every other Wednesday, 10.20am – 12.30pm.

CONNECT at Tewkesbury

Address: Wheatpieces Community Centre, Columbine Road, Walton Cardiff, Tewkesbury, GL20 7SP

Day & Time: Every other Wednesday, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

CONNECT at Whitminster

Address: Whitminster Village Hall, School Lane, Whitminster, GL2 7NT

Day & Time: Every other Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

CONNECT at Wotton-Under-Edge

Address: The Keepers Community Hub, Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 7BD

Day & Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

What activities are on offer?

Activities that take place are flexible, guided by discussion with the group, and can include:

  • Art & Crafts
  • Genealogy
  • Electronics
  • Gardening
  • Creative writing
  • Chess & other games
  • Internet & email
  • Learning a new language
  • Topical discussion & debate

Who can we support?

Guideposts CONNECT is for anyone who would like to make new local friendships or connections, including those living with dementia, long term health conditions, and unpaid carers. 

Why should I join? 

Our members attend for different reasons. For some, it’s just a good chance to get out of the house and socialise. For others, it’s a way to try new things, be more active, or get vital support from others.  Coming to a supportive place like CONNECT can help strengthen your wellbeing and have some fun.

Key Info

Oxfordshire

Office Contact
01993 893560

Service Coordinator (Shirley Crawley)
07850 204791 

Email
oxfordshire@guideposts.org.uk

Gloucestershire

Office Contact
01452 529697

Service Coordinator (Carmelina Speciale-Lees)
07760 561863

Email
gloucestershire@guideposts.org.uk

“I felt almost as though I was losing my identity as caring for my husband took over my life. Dementia can be a very lonely place but this group has helped us both so much. We both get the support we need and speaking to other carers has been invaluable.”

“I was feeling lost, but this group has given me a purpose. I am getting out the house, trying new things, and talking to new friends who understand what I am going through. It has given me something to look forward to each week.”

How to join?

Please get in touch if you’re interested in coming to Guideposts CONNECT. We’ll arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone and you can ask any questions you have, before attending the group.

Can you Help?

Would you like to volunteer with one of these groups? If you enjoy talking to people, have a hobby or skill to share, or want to develop your skills, please get in touch.

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