Support Groups

 

You are not alone with IBS.  Millions of people in the UK suffer from IBS and they all struggle to find the best way to manage their symptoms. IBS is a complicated condition. Only by working together and with healthcare professionals can we look to improve our understanding and treatment of IBS.

IBS Support Groups:

  • Bring IBS sufferers together to share their experience in an open and non judgemental environment.
  • Educate and inform new members of the key aspects of IBS, what they can do to try and reduce their symptoms.

Your group should not aim to replace healthcare professionals, but can work with them to encourage a culture of self efficacy.

Set up your own support group

Can you be a Support Group Leader?  If you are a health care professional with an interest in supporting people with IBS, or you are someone with IBS who wants to help others manage their condition, sign up to this one-day free Group Leader training course. contact sam@theibsnetwork.org for an application form.    

Venue:   Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield, S1 2AU

We are planning more training days this year! Courses will be run in Sheffield initially. However if we receive enough interest from other areas these will also be considered.

The dates we will be holding additional training days will be 

15th July 2017, 18th November 2017.

Despite all the research, IBS is still largely unexplained.  There is no distinctive pathology, no clear cause, no diagnostic test and no established treatment.  It is an ‘individual’ illness.  Not only is there a diversity of symptoms, but the pattern of the illness, the context and the associations are unique expressions of the personality; diet, life style and what has happened.   

In a matter of just a few minutes per appointment, doctors cannot hope to understand the complexity of a person’s illness.  No wonder patients feel misunderstood. 

Self management is the cornerstone of IBS treatment.  If patients can share their experience in an open and non-judgemental environment, learn to understand and manage their own illness, and support others who are struggling with their symptoms, IBS ceases to be a threat; they can be in control.  But, to be successful, self management needs guidance from trained health care professionals or expert patients. 

The IBS Network aims to establish a national network of Support Groups led by trained facilitators.  These groups would work alongside existing health services to encourage self efficacy.   The one day training will include:

  • how to set up and run a group 
  • techniques of engagement and active listening
  • the information people need in order to manage their IBS effectively  
  • how to support and motivate   
  • about raising funds and encouraging local support
  • what resources are available from The IBS Network

This training event is free of charge.  We will be providing refreshments and lunch (with IBS friendly foods).   

Please contact Sam Yardy as soon as possible, for an application form as places are limited. sam@theibsnetwork.org

Our Support Groups

NEW SUPPORT GROUP IN ALTON

Do you live in ALton or surrounding areas? Are you looking to join a support group?

One of our members is starting a support group in January 2017.

If you are interested in joining the group and would like more details please contact Ruth altonibs@gmail.com 

 

Alton Community Centre, Amery Street, Alton
GU34 1HN

2nd Tuesday of each month 7pm starting Tuesday 10th January

altonibs@gmail.com

LEEDS SUPPORT GROUP

Do you live in Leeds/Bradford or surrounding areas? Are you looking to join a support group?

Matthew one of our members runs a support group.
The meetings are held on every second Monday of the month at 7pm at The Heart Centre in Headingley.

If you would like to contribute or participate in this group please contact us via the details below. http://www.letscureibs.com/

The Heart Centre, Bennett Rd, Headingley Leeds,West Yorkshire
LS6 3HN

Second Monday of each month 7pm

matt@letscureibs.com http://www.letscureibs.com/

LONDON SUPPORT GROUP

This group provides a friendly and welcoming environment where you can meet fellow IBS sufferers, share your experiences, give and receive advice and support. Let's face it - IBS sucks!.. it can have a huge impact on your life, tackling the maze of potential treatments can be overwhelming with often disappointing results. But there is no sense in going through this alone... come along to our friendly group and have a good old natter with fellow sufferers... You might just find the answer you're looking for, or at least a supportive bunch of like-minded people to share the journey with.

https://www.meetup.com/IBS-Meetup-London/

 

To be confirmed each month

To be confirmed

annacox024@gmail.com https://www.meetup.com/IBS-Meetup-London/

NEW SUPPORT GROUP IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Do you live in Newcastle Upon Tyne or surrounding areas? Are you looking to join a support group?

One of our members is starting a support group in January 2017.

 

Riverside Community Health Project,Carnegie Building, Atkinson Road,Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE4 8XS

Starting 25th Jan and will be held 4th Wednesday of every month 5-6pm

info@theibsnetwork.org

SUPPORT GROUP IN DURHAM

Do you live in Durham or surrounding areas? Are you looking to join a support group?

One of our members is running a support group, every 3rd tuesday of the month.

If you are interested in joining the group and would like more details please contact ibsnetworkdurham@gmail.com

 

Alington House Community Centre, 4 North Bailey, Durham
DH1 3ET

24th February 2017 6-7pm 3rd Tuesday of every month

ibsnetworkdurham@gmail.com

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