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Connected Minds Dorchester

is a wellbeing group for 11-16 year olds with low/no school attendance due to mental health. The aim is to increase emotional awareness, build confidence, self esteem and social skills, provide coping strategies and peer support, and focus on building the 5 ways to wellbeing into everyday life. The overall aim is to improve your mental health so that you feel able to participate again in education. 

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Wednesdays 10-12pm during term time


Dorchester Children’s Centre
Middle Farm Way,
Dorchester DT1 3WA

Who are we?

We are a group of professionals and volunteers from Dorset Mind and the Family Partnership Zone. We have joined forces to work towards supporting your mental health through a 6 week emotional learning programme. The sessions are fun and informal and will allow you to explore issues in a supportive, non judgemental space. There will be no more than 12 young people in the group at one time. You will be given a choice of activities and will be involved in the development of the programme. We are here to listen and offer support as you build new emotional skills and connect with others, helping you on your journey back into education.

What can you expect from the Connected Minds group? 

The 2 hour group begins with a welcome and check in with time to talk, share and be mindful. The course is based on learning through experience so there will be a variety of activities to stimulate discussion and you’ll be encouraged to keep a journal throughout. There will be time to talk and learn from each other and you will not be forced to do anything you are uncomfortable with doing. There will be a short break after the first hour and drinks/snacks will be made available. We take it at your own pace and you can participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.

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