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Peer Support presentation to Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Conference

On Thursday 10th of October, Graeme Nisbet Director of Think Thrive! took part in a presentation to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference in Manchester. Organised by Jacquie Jamieson and along with Jo Watson from Drop the Disorder; and Lucy Johnstone speaking about the Power Threat Meaning Framework we delivered a Masterclass in the alternative to diagnosis and conventional psychiatric treatments.

Thanks to all involved!

 

 

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Darren McGarvey’s Scotland

Members of Think Thrive! appeared in Darren McGarvey’s Scotland on 1st October. Thanks to Peer Support Worker Graeme and to Glen for doing his narrative on camera.

Darren explores the poverty and the link with ‘higher than national average’ incidence of mental health issues behind the apparently idyllic rural environment of the Scottish Borders.

If you are troubled by any of the issues in the film, you can contact the Borders DBI Team through the A&E at Borders General Hospital.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROGRAMME

 

 

 

 

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Peer Support Research Project 2019

In 2018 Think Thrive! have teamed up with the Imagine Community, Dumfries to develop a research project. Throughout the Summer we conducted interviews of Peer Workers and the people they support and developed a qualitative analysis of the data.

In October 2018 we presented the findings to the General Adult Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Annual Conference. We goal was to make the case for the legitimacy of the Peer Support approach to the College.

Well it seems the Consultants liked the project and have invited us back for their 2019 Conference. We mean to conduct further research on Peer Working, again as a qualitative analysis and focused on authenticity and vulnerability as the foundation of cognitive growth and change in the relationship.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!! DONATE NOW TO HELP US CONDUCT THE RESEARCH AND DELIVER THE PAPER!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!

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Oomph! Bike Trips 2018 – Feedback

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Oomph! Bike Trips are funded by Foundation Scotland –

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The Oomph! Bike Trips in 2018 were fantastic! Relaxing, enjoyable, fun!

BIG THANKS! To Think Thrive! Staff, Volunteers and everyone who joined us on a bike trip – well done and see you in 2019!!

Here are some of the thing people said after their bike trips:

• Thoroughly enjoyed the ride, reminds me of why I enjoy cycling!
• Freedom! Downhill run exhilarating after uphill.
• Cycling together created a sense of community for me – I didn’t feel alone.
• Realising that I can do this – opens up opportunities for me.
• Group helped me do this.
• Comfy bike and company makes it good!
• Loved having company, good weather, lovely sights.
• Great having someone to blether with.
• Comfortable, good pace for talking
• Very enjoyable, nice distance, great weather
• Enjoyed company for doing physical activity
• Look forward to another ride!
• I felt supported and guided by [staff]
• Refreshing, beautiful countryside, open spaces
• Not too hard, I knew I could stop if needed
• Beautiful scenery, stopping for rests in lovely places.
• I had good brakes and good instructions.
• Relaxing, great fun!
• Great opportunity to meet people and have a great experience
• Good fun, relaxing
• Good opportunity to exercise and meet people interested in biking with the same ability
• Great day out, would definitely recommend
• I felt refreshed, relaxed and energised!
• I’d like to say Thank You! for making the effort at having this group cycle!

Lastly, we are on a tight budget with this project, we had support from Foundation Scotland in 2018 and we are raising the funds we need to run the trips next year in the Spring/Summer 2019. If you can spare a few quid, please donate – click the link here for the donation page, thank you!

PLEASE HELP, CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW, THANK YOU!

Watch some videos of the bike routes here (the videos are slightly compressed so they appear to be faster than they actually are whilst you are cycling):

The Traverse of the Gods: on the Gala loop, above the Tweed at Caddonfoot:

The cyclepath from Cardrona towards Peebles, along the Tweed:

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Stepping Stones to Recovery at the Wellbeing College

The new Wellbeing College has now launched in the Borders. The College is run by Health in Mind and Think Thrive! will be delivering training for the College.

We will be delivering our STEPPING STONES TO RECOVERY training course for the College that will run for 8 weeks from Friday 27th July. If you are interested in joining in the training please email the college:

CLICK THIS LINK TO THE ENROLLMENT PAGE AT THE COLLEGE

 

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Oomph! Biking/Camping Trips

As always, we’ve listened to feedback and we’ve seen the opportunity to extend our Oomph! bike trips with an overnight camp.

If you like the sound of joining a longer trip – to include and overnight camp, get in touch – CONTACT US HERE

With the good weather, a group of volunteers have just got back from cycling the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route – camping along the way. It was a great experience and we’d like to put together another trip, email us with you interest and we’ll include you in the planning. 4 Abbeys Cycle Route

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The Healing Power of Mutuality – Neural Synchrony in Peer Support

Think Thrive! have teamed up with the Imagine Community, Dumfries to develop a research project. Both our organisations deliver Peer Support and we want to add to the body of evidence that supports Peer Support. We believe that the authenticity, empathy and mutuality within the relationship between Peers is a potent way to develop mutual healing.

We mean to gather data from focus groups of the lived experience of being a Peer Worker and of being supported by a Peer Worker and anlayze it to bring this experience into focus. We mean to show that within the alliance between Peer Worker and Person being supported that we can evidence Neural Synchrony – “the synchronization of neural, perceptual, affective, psychological and behavioural responses.” This is the basis for the spoken and unspoken understanding, affirmation and inspiration that is Peer Support.

We mean to present the findings to the General Adult Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Annual Conference in October 2018. We aim to make the case for the legitimacy of the Peer Support Approach to the College.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!! DONATE NOW TO HELP US PERFORM THE RESEARCH AND DELIVER THE PAPER

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!!

The General Adult Faculty have now published the programme for the Conference, we are delivering the first Masterclass on the Friday at 15.50.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROGRAMME

We still need your support, PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO HELP US DELIVER OUR RESEARCH PAPER!! Thank you!

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Oomph! Bike Project 2018

The Oomph! Bike Project is back for 2018!

In 2017 we at Think Thrive! CIC ran a bike project taking groups of people out into the gorgeous Boders Countryside on our super-comfy and easy to ride mountain bikes. Due to popular interest we are thinking of running the project again this year – WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please donate now what amount you can to help us deliver for people this coming year!

DONATE NOW – CLICK HERE!

What people have said about the bike trips:
Magic day out all round, thank you’s!
Very comfortable, reasonably confident, went at a pace I could manage.
Beautiful route well chosen, friendly company!
Gorgeous scenery, trusted leader, well equipped, very nice to get out.
Feels fabulous to be back on a bike!
Bike very easy to use in comparison to what I remember, last rode 20 years ago!
Best things were a chat and the buzz of getting fit.
Extremely enjoyable, liked the security and leadership.
Loved having company, good weather lovely sights.
Joy, relaxed!

PLEASE HELP US DELIVER THE PROJECT THIS YEAR – DONATE NOW!

And thank you! to Frances who painted the picture/caricature of us cycling last year!

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The Oomph! Bike Project

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We’ve Renamed our  Bike Project “the Oomph Project!”

“Magic day out all round!”

…because folk who’ve cycled with us have found the Oomph! coming back! f you want to try out cycling with us, CONTACT US HERE

We’ve been running bike trips throughout the SPRING/SUMMER 2017 in the Hawick area, between peebles and Innerleithen, the Tweed Valley Cycle Route round Galashiels and along the coast from Berwick to Holy Island. We’ll keep going while the weather holds in the Autumn.

We are grateful to Cycling Scotland for funding us through the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund to run this project, many thanks to them!

Here are some of the things people have been saying about joining us on a bike trip:

Loved having company, good weather lovely sights.

Joy, relaxed!

Very comfortable, reasonably confident, went at a pace I could manage.

Beautiful route well chosen, friendly company!

Gorgeous scenery, trusted leader, well equipped, very nice to get out.

Feels fabulous to be back on a bike!

Bike very easy to use in comparison to what I remember, last rode 20 years ago!

Best things were a chat and the buzz of getting fit.

Extremely enjoyable, liked the security and leadership.

Really good and feeling great!

In a group together was good!

Built up my confidence gradually and feel a lot more comfortable now!

Feel myself getting fitter in a few short weeks.

Best thing was cycling together and keeping each other going.

Would you like to cycle with us again?: As often as possible! I even took my bike yesterday to the shops instead of taking the car!

Magic day out all round, thank you’s!

I’d like to say thank you, making the effort at having this cycle group!

If you want to know more about the trips or put your name on the list for a place EMAIL US HERE with a phone number and we will call you with details. I’m Graeme and will be leading on this project and I’m happy to talk through how the bike trip would work for you.

I hope you can join us, it’s great fun!!

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How To Keep Afloat Training For Carers

“I am actually starting to believe in myself!”

How To Keep Afloat Training For Carers Series 2 Completed this week.

More Info on How to Keep Afloat Training For Carers

Thank you to all who took part and to the staff at Borders Carers Centre for looking after us so well!

If you are interested in the next training at the Borders Carers Centre, more info is available on their website HERE look under “Staying Afloat”

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