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Our Services - Updated May 2020

⚠️ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ⚠️

Advance Brighter Futures (ABF) is committed to provide the best support we can while following the government guidance during this uncertain climate.

It is okay to feel low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you. Everyone reacts in their own way to challenging events and uncertainty. It is important to remember that staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

As a result of these unprecedented times, we have adapted, and will continue to adapt, our services for the foreseeable future. Although our offices are now closed, we want to reassure you that we can still be contacted by telephone or email.

You can keep updated by signing up to our mailing list, or visiting Facebook, Twitter or our website. We now aim to provide support by telephone, social media and video conferencing (with options to do so by video, audio, or both).

We are still accepting referrals and will be in contact as soon as we can. Please be aware that we may receive a higher number of calls than usual, but we will respond to any messages left on our answerphone.

Anyone who has started one-to-one sessions - talking therapy or lifestyle coaching - or a course that had to be stopped due to the coronavirus, will be contacted and offered alternative support.

All of the services are clearly labelled with the correct admission criteria but please call 01978 364777 or email info@abfwxm.co.uk if you require further clarification or more information.

 

Tools and Strategies for Coping and Resilience or for Helping Others


This service is split into two areas - online support and phone support. It is focused on helping people through the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation.

Please note: While online support is available to everybody, phone support is aimed at those already referred to our services prior to 17th March who do not have internet access. Any new referrals from people with pre-existing mental health conditions who are not online will also be eligible.

ABF Facebook Support Group

Feel free to join this support group at any time for tips and support from like-minded people. Please be aware that a member of staff will not be available 24/7 to moderate the group.

Access online through the Advance Brighter Futures - Facebook Support Group (Facebook account will be required).

Wellbeing Wednesday

An interactive Facebook live slot with "watch parties" that have a particular focus on maintaining your weekly wellbeing.

Weekly sessions from 25th March until further notice
Wednesdays | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Access online through the Advance Brighter Futures - Online Support Group (Facebook account will be required).

Telephone Check-in Support

Weekly 15 minute phone check-ins for existing and new referrals who do not have access to the internet.

From 25th March until further notice on a weekday to suit you.

To find out more, please call 01978 364777 or email info@abfwxm.co.uk.

 

Helping with Mild to Moderate Mental Health Difficulties


Telephone assessment needed for the following courses -
please ring 0300 777 2257 for more details

Please note: If you are interested in any of the courses listed below, we encourage you to contact us as this helps us plan appropriate times and dates. Even if no sessions are currently available for the course(s) that appeal(s) to you, we will put something on as soon as we can if we know there is sufficient interest. Anyone who has started attending an existing course that had to be stopped due to the coronavirus will be contacted and offered alternative support

NEW: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Group Sessions)*

This course is made up of interactive workshops designed to help you manage difficult emotional states. During the interactive sessions you will get to explore and understand more about what is causing your stress and why you are getting anxious. You will discover how to change the way you are thinking about this and also learn some great practical ways to help you relax and reduce the stress and anxiety you are experiencing.

6 weekly sessions from 28th  April - 2nd  June 2020
Tuesdays | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†

NEW: Mindfulness (Group Sessions)*

This is an experiential course, i.e. learning through the reflection of doing, which allows you to develop greater self-awareness, live fully in the moment and be more in touch with yourself. Practicing with a number of techniques and approaches, you will be able to integrate mindfulness into all aspects of your life and realise the benefits. Running for 2½ hours each week, notes are provided to support you at home and in your ongoing mindfulness development.

8 weekly sessions from 29th April - 17th June 2020
Wednesdays | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†

COMING THIS SUMMER: Building Confidence and Self-esteem (Group Sessions)

This course involves a series of interactive sessions intended to help you accept and feel better about yourself. You will gain an understanding of how and why low self-esteem develops and becomes a part of your identity and discover what you can do to change the fundamental core beliefs at the heart of the way you see yourself. You will also gain tools that will help you maintain a healthy self-esteem, improving the way you think about yourself and your life.

6 weekly sessions (dates to be confirmed)
Tuesdays | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†

COMING THIS AUTUMN: Dealing with Depression (Group Sessions)

This course is highly interactive and designed to give you an overview and understanding of your depression. Providing you with an insight into the importance of the link between your thinking and the way you are feeling, you will identify the depressive thoughts and actions that keep you in a negative place. You will also discover tried and tested tools and strategies to help you challenge and change your thoughts to enable you to manage your depression.

6 weekly sessions from 8th September - 13th October 2020
Tuesdays | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
3 Belmont Road | Wrexham LL13 7PW  

† Participants will first be required to sign up for a free account and then download the software. Instructions to be received via email.

 
Depending on government guidance at the time, these sessions may also have to be facilitated via Zoom video conferencing software rather than at our venue.

* Course has now started. To register your interest, please call 01978 364777 or email courses@abfwxm.co.uk. Please bear in mind that a telephone assessment from Parabl will still be required before you can attend these sessions.


Additional Support for Parents

 
Self-referral - please click here (bit.ly/2VJQ2pj) to submit a form online or download a form here (bit.ly/2woBP7K)

PRAMS (Parental Resilience And Mutual Support) is available for mothers and fathers who would like some additional support through the challenges of early parenthood. As many as 10% of all new parents experience periods of feeling low following the birth of their baby and the service is particularly suited to help people find their feet in these times. We currently offer two forms of support that provide the opportunity to talk and learn about emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Please note: Anyone who started the 'You & Your Bump' course that was stopped due to the coronavirus will be contacted and offered alternative support.

PRAMS Group (incorporating 'You & Your Baby' sessions)

'You & Your Baby' involves several FREE weekly sessions aimed at challenging negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours and making lasting, positive changes in your life. The group also provides a great opportunity to meet other parents online.

NEW: May - June Group*

6 weekly sessions from 7th May - 11th June 2020
Thursdays | 11:00am - 12:30pm
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†

COMING NEXT MONTH: June - July Group

6 weekly sessions from 25th June - 30th July 2020
Thursdays | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†

COMING NEXT MONTH: PRAMS Group (incorporating 'You & Your Bump' sessions)

Expectant parents can learn more about getting the most out of their pre-natal experience while making friends in an informal setting online.

'You & Your Bump' involves several FREE weekly sessions aimed at improving how you feel so that you enjoy your pregnancy and future life as a parent. The group also provides a great opportunity to connect with other people online preparing for parenthood.
  • Session 1: Expectations, Should's and Ought's
  • Session 2: Understanding your feelings
  • Session 3: The Vicious Cycle
  • Session 4: Bonding with your baby
  • Session 5: Planning for the arrival
5 weekly sessions from 3rd June - 1st July 2020
Wednesdays | 10:30am - 12:00pm
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†

PRAMS Facebook Support Group

This online Facebook group provides the opportunity to catch up or refresh your learning. If you are new to PRAMS, you can join anytime and meet others that have already attended the project and find out how they have benefited.

Access online through the Advance Brighter Futures - PRAMS Facebook Group (Facebook account will be required)

 NEW: PRAMS Monthly Support Group

This monthly group provides the opportunity to have an informal meet up via live video link. Put the kettle on, check your emails for the Zoom meeting link and join in for a chat in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere.

Wednesday 27th May 2020
10:00am - 11:00am (this may last longer than the allotted time if required)
Access online via Zoom video conferencing software†
 
One-to-one Talking Therapy

Please note: You will either require a phone or internet connection with Zoom video conferencing software† for this service. Due to the indeterminate circumstances, the waiting list is likely to become protracted.

This service gives you an opportunity to talk confidentially without judgement. Talking therapy is great for those who may struggle in groups or would benefit from talking through more complex issues.

Participants will first be required to sign up for a free account and then download the software. Instructions to be received via email.

‡ Referrals are accepted from parents with children under the age of 16.


* Course has now started. To find out more, please call 01978 364777 or email info@abfwxm.co.uk.



Achieving Change through Discussion and Support

Primary or secondary mental health care referral needed - please click here (bit.ly/2woBP7K) to download a form

Please note: Anyone who started lifestyle coaching sessions that were stopped due to the coronavirus will be contacted and offered alternative support. For one-to-one lifestyle coaching via video, you will first be required to sign up for a free account with Zoom and then download the software - instructions to be received via email. Due to the indeterminate circumstances, the waiting list for this service is likely to become protracted.

Our one-to-one phone or video lifestyle coaching sessions help participants make positive changes to their lives and usually consist of hourly sessions over 6 weeks*. 

The service is for people who are ready to engage in pursuing recovery-oriented goals and is tailored to individual needs. It is future-oriented, as opposed to diagnosing the past, and aims to sustain recovery from mental health problems and improve overall wellbeing.

Participants may focus on different areas like improving self-esteem, managing mental health and developing social networks. Signposting is also a big part of this service and our lifestyle coaches can suggest other resources to aid recovery.


To find out more, please call 01978 364777 or email info@abfwxm.co.uk.

* Number of sessions can be extended if it is mutually agreed that further progress would prove beneficial to the participant's independence.

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