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Wellbeing

Independent Students Support Group

By QMHalls 13 Oct 2021

Are you care experienced or estranged from family and studying without family support? 

If you would like to talk to others with similar experiences, The Queen Mary Independent Students Support Group aims to provide a space for students who are studying without family support to meet together, share experiences of university life and support each other.

Who is the group for?

If you are care-experienced or estranged from family and you would like a safe, confidential space to talk to others with similar experiences this group is for you.

What is the group?

Independent students, who study without family support, can sometimes feel isolated. Support groups, in which members both give and receive support, can help participants to feel more connected and more resilient. We will provide a confidential, facilitated space where students can share the challenges of university life, listen and support each other.

Group details:

This group is provided by the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service. The group will be facilitated by Ben Priest, Counsellor and Jill Belnikoff, Welfare Adviser and will take place online.

  • It will run for twelve weekly sessions on Tuesdays from 11.30am - 12.30pm on MS Teams, with a maximum of eight participants. You are expected to attend all twelve sessions and we will need you to attend a 30-minute individual appointment before you join the group. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The provisional dates for the group are 2 November to 14 December 2021 and 11 January to 8 February 2022 (every Tuesday). 

How do I sign up?

If you would like to join the group please complete this short form. The facilitators will then be in touch shortly to arrange an appointment with you.