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We're holding a Kind Mind (compassionate mindfulness) taster session on Monday, 12th March, 2018 16.30- 18.30 in Exeter facilitated by Max, from Intercom’s Help, Support and Advocacy Team, and Semanthi, Trainee Clinical Psychologist from Plymouth University.

This session will give you an overview of the 6-week course being held on Tuesdays starting on 1st May 2018 and you’ll get the chance to see if it’s right for you and if so, sign up to start on the 6-week course (either the one starting in May 2018 or at a later date).

If you’re interested in attending either the taster session or the next course please call 0800 612 3010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

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Starting Tuesday 21st March in Exeter

Are you over 18 years old and do you identify as LGBT+?
Do you want to explore new ways of improving your emotional wellbeing?
Are you interested in meeting others in a similar position to you?

If so, Intercom Trust’s new Kind Mind Group may be for you.

What is the Kind Mind Group about?
The Kind Mind Group is a 10 week course for people who identify as LGBT+ who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional wellbeing and/or mental health but not at a point of crisis.

The group is based on the principles of compassion focused therapy, an approach that encourages us to respond to our own distress with understanding and kindness.

The approach is particularly helpful for people who criticise themselves at times of distress, experience low mood, anxiety, shame and other confused feelings about their LGBT+ identity.

The Group
The group will be facilitated by two of Intercom Trust’s Helpline, Support and Advocacy Team- Max Cohen, Helpline Worker and Gemma Budge, Trainee Clinical Psychologist on placement.

There will be a maximum of 8 -10 group members and the course will provide opportunities to learn new skills such as mindfulness and self-compassion practices and to improve emotional wellbeing. You will also be asked to practice some of the exercises between group sessions, to try and work out which strategies work best for you.

If you’re interested in attending please call 0800 612 3010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask your support worker (if you have one) to contact us as soon as possible.

You will be invited to meet with the group facilitators to make sure the course is right for you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

These pre-course meetings will take place on Tuesday 28th Feb, 7th March and 14th March.

Throughout the course you will be able to contact the Intercom Trust Helpline on 0800 612 3010 should you need to talk to someone, in addition to your usual sources of support.

We may be able to help with the costs of getting to the course and/or other expenses.

Where and when?
The group will meet at the Intercom Centre in Exeter for 10 sessions on Tuesdays between 5pm and 7pm on the following dates:

1.Tuesday 21st March
2.Tuesday 28th March
3.Tuesday 4th April
4.Tuesday 11th April
5.Tuesday 25th April
6.Tuesday 2nd May
7.Tuesday 9th May
8.Tuesday 16th May
9.Tuesday 6th June
10.Tuesday 13th June

Following the end of the course you will be invited to attend an individual review with the facilitators to discuss your experience of the group and think about what resources and support are available to you.

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Intercom is proud to be setting up a new self-help support group for LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees ("ASR"). The first meeting will be in Exeter on Monday 26th September (2pm - 4pm). The group is to support people who have fled their country of origin in fear of their lives just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and the group will be meeting on a monthly basis.

Over 70 countries have laws criminalising same sex acts, 5 of them threaten LGBT+ people with the death penalty. Because of this, many people come to the UK to claim asylum, so that they can be who they are without the fear of violence, prison or death. However, we know that many LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees are living in isolation.

The aim of this group is to be a warm welcoming and friendly place where people can get support and be themselves without fear. So please share this news with anybody that you feel might benefit from such a group. We have a small fund for paying travel costs.

Contact us on 0800 612 3010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Side by Side Plymouth is pleased to be able to offer an LGBT+ Depression Support Group facilitated by Intercom Trust.

When: 14th September 2016 @ 6pm

To find out more, contact Debbie Ley on 01752 210 454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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