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Step-by-Step are peer support groups for bereaved adults who feel socially isolated, lonely or who wish to be busy. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, widen your social connections, feel a sense of belonging and pursue common interests in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment.
Some bereaved people do not socialise as much after experiencing the loss of a loved one, or lose pleasure in activities they once enjoyed. At Step-by-Step, members do not have to talk about anything they do not want to - it is all about connecting with other members with similar experiences in a social, informal and unpressured setting.
Members are encouraged to choose guest speakers, topics, hobbies, activities and outings for Step-by-Step sessions. This may be chats over hot drinks and biscuits, relaxation exercises, music therapy, painting, crafts, quizzes, walks, potting plants, learning about community organisations or visiting local places of interest – to name a few.
Currently there are 4 Step-by-Step groups operating across Fife, in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Methil and Dunfermline, plus an additional ‘virtual group’ conducted via Zoom. Groups usually meet fortnightly for 1.5 hours.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Whilst social distancing measures are in place, Step-by-Step groups are continuing to ‘meet’ over the phone or via Zoom. Our Step-by-Step Co-ordinator, Jenifer, is keeping everyone busy with quizzes, games of Scattergories, team bake-offs, silly hat parties, book and film clubs, plus much more. Members can also keep in touch via dedicated WhatsApp groups and we hope a local walking group will be able to start up in the not-too-distant future.
Drop-in Support Groups (Glasgow and Dalkeith)
We run drop-in support groups for people who are bereaved in Glasgow and Dalkeith, Midlothian. These are therapeutic groups led by experienced counsellors: the groups offer those recently bereaved an opportunity to talk about their loss in a safe and confidential environment.
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are sorry but there are no drop-in groups available whilst social distancing measures are in place. We plan to resume drop-in groups in Dalkeith, Midlothian and in Glasgow. Please check the website and follow us on social media for details of when these will start again.