Time for YOU Zoom Groups

small, supportive groups using creative + coaching tools

Is ‘Time for YOU’ just what you need in these challenging times?

Are you a mother who needs time and space to think about YOU in these challenging times with a small, supportive group of other mothers?

Are you interested in thinking about what you need, how you could best support yourself and how this could work in your life now?

Do you want to be with other people who ‘get it’ and give saying what needs to be said a go?

Do you want to play with words and images, try out new tools and experiment with what works for you?

It doesn’t matter how old your children are the Time for You zoom group could be just what you’re looking for…

 As a mother you are asked to give so much of yourself every day, both physically and emotionally.

You are also called on to make choices constantly that impact the direction of someone else’s life as well as your own. It’s easy to end up feeling depleted or find you are always at the bottom of the list.

What you are doing day-to-day is big work, even if it doesn’t get a fanfare.  You deserve a pit-stop team to support you so that you’re not running on empty. It can be a relief when you find a way back to yourself and can be honest about how things really are, where this honesty isn’t just tolerated but is genuinely valued and you aren’t compared to some crazy ideal that none of us measures up to.

Though it can be hard to prioritise yourself and find the ways to do this, you know that it isn’t a luxury but a necessity and benefits everyone.

Upcoming Courses

For Mothers of Children with Additional Needs

  • for mothers of children with additional needs

  • your child doesn’t need a diagnosis for you to come

  • take time and space for yourself

  • share how mothering our children transforms us

  • re-fuel, play with words, coaching tools and images and say what needs to be said

  • you don’t have to be ‘creative’ or a ‘writer’, just willing to give it a go

  • think about what you need now and how to work this into your life

Due to Covid19 we are now offering our groups by Zoom.  BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR ALL GROUPS

Choose between our Wednesday or Friday Groups…

Wednesday group – (priority booking for those on means tested benefits)…

When:  Wednesday 9.30- 11.30am

Starting:  Wed 8th  Sept 2021 for 10 weeks (term time only)

Where:  By Zoom in your own home. To respect other’s privacy please use headphones if you are able.

Who for:  For Mums in Devon & Cornwall, who have a child with additional needs. No diagnosis is necessary. Priority booking if you are on means tested benefits.

How will the zoom work: If you can be there for the 2hrs each week that is ideal -you and the rest of the group get the most out of it.  However, sometimes if you have small people at home you can distract them for a good chunk of time but not the whole 2 hours – we can work with that.

To book:  Either contact us or message us on our Facebook page or email jo@mums4achange.org to arrange a time for a chat and to book you on. Please state the means tested benefit you are on if this applies to you.

Fee: Funded by the People’s Health Trust.

Facilitators:  Jo Ball who is a life and carer coach, has 2 children and background as an Arts Therapist.  Jo will be supported by  Clare Gale who has a son with complex medical needs, did the group and wanted to share it with others.  Clare is a qualified counsellor.

Friday group…

When:  Friday 9.30- 11.30am

Starting:  Friday 10th  Sept 2021 for 10 weeks (term time only)

Where:  By Zoom in your own home. To respect other’s privacy please use headphones if you are able.

Who for:  For Mums in Devon & Cornwall, who have a child with additional needs. No diagnosis is necessary.

How will the zoom work: If you can be there for the 2hrs each week that is ideal -you and the rest of the group get the most out of it.  However, sometimes if you have small people at home you can distract them for a good chunk of time but not the whole 2 hours – we can work with that.

To book:  Either contact us or message us on our Facebook page or email jo@mums4achange.org to arrange a time for a chat and to book you on. Please state the means tested benefit you are on if this applies to you.

Fee: Funded by the Rosa Fund – follow on grant.

Facilitators:  Jo Ball who is a life and carer coach, has 2 children and background as an Arts Therapist.  Jo will be supported by  Clare Gale who has a son with complex medical needs, did the group and wanted to share it with others.  Clare is a qualified counsellor.

Future groups:

If you are not able to do the times/dates of the group above please contact us to be put on the waiting list for our next Time for YOU  groups.

If you are interested in a Time for YOU group but do not have a child with additional needs, we are also running a waiting list for a course for all mothers, please contact us if you’d like to be added to this list.

How do the Time for You Zoom groups work?

To make sure this feels like a safe and supportive group, the numbers are limited to 8 participants.  We meet weekly by zoom, take time to talk and look at a theme and do a honed range of creative and coaching exercises that give you the space to re-connect with yourself.  No writing  or creative experience is needed just a willingness to try it out.  If you want, we also work with you to create your own enjoyable ‘experiment’ to take home and play with making your life more deeply fulfilling.  When the 12-week group has finished there may also be the opportunity to be part of a monthly meet-up group with others who have done a Time for YOU group.

As well as the Time for YOU groups we also have  Musing on Motherhood events.  These are regular meet ups for all mothers who have been part of a  Time for YOU group.  These are a chance to come together, celebrate and appreciate each other and the work we do as mothers.  We share some of our creative acts in the world like that piece of writing that really captured how things are or the story of the time you tried something different. They are the opportunity to meet more women who also understand about taking time for mums for a change.

I would highly recommend this creative writing for mothers group to any mother! Skilfully facilitated by Jo, the group provides a safe and warm space to explore one’s writing and oneself…

I found myself making time for myself and the things that are important to me. I was surprised what an impact this had on my well-being. I really felt happier in my life while attending the group…

Anna, South Hams

All the material you brought, and the way it was so clearly and cleverly set out has been so rich and resonant. So juicy!! It has enhanced these last weeks massively. It’s come to end too quickly.

Clare, Chudleigh

I didn’t know what to expect but I found a group of warm, funny, creative and accepting women who all come with their own ‘baggage’ but also bags of support to offer one another.  Jo structures the sessions really well and her writing prompts helped me to see things in a new light and from a new perspective.

Jenny Wren, South Devon

So valuable to have experienced the learning and skill of delivery has been holding and beneficial.  Enlightening.  I would recommend this amazing group for so many reasons.

Amanda, mum of 6. Ashburton

The course helped me give words to the greatest curveball life can throw at you and it can feel like no-one understands what it feels like. The group allowed me to give words to  these feelings and help me understand myself better.

Naomi, Exeter

I have gained so much from the group but the one thing I didn’t expect was that through coming home to myself my relationship with my husband has been thrown onto a new and exciting pathway.

Kate

The course has given me insight into my own connection to others in relation to the challenges of motherhood. I haven’t written creatively for years.  It has ignited a longing in me to express myself which I hadn’t engaged with since being a teenager.

Corinne, Totnes

I cannot recommend highly enough.  It can be so very isolating and lonely, doing the course has helped me understand that I am not alone.

The Time for You group has been one of the best, most enriching ones I have ever attended in my life.  I have felt heard, deeply supported….full of warmth, powerful and empowering. A precious gift.

Attending this course was probably one of the best things to happen to me during the worst period of my life.  I have met truly inspirational people

I was really nervous as I am not a writer but learnt through the confidence the others gave me that it is not about grammar and writing ability but finding yourself and I have done that.  Thank you for the experience.

Jo holds the space with compassion, integrity and great skill. This work fills a gap by meeting the great need of mothers with special children to exchange their unique experience in a safely held environment.  Long may it continue.

Taster Sessions 

Due to Covid19 we are not doing Taster Sessions in the traditional way.  Instead, if you are interested in the Time for YOU Zoom groups you can contact us to arrange a time to chat and we can tell you more about the zoom groups and book your place in the group.  

For professionals working with mothers, contact us to find out more about the groups and how they might support the people you work.

Are you a professional who works with mothers?

Would you like to know more about the Time for You groups?

Do you know someone you think would benefit?

Would you like to experience this first hand or arrange a taster session for your team?

If ‘yes’ then contact us

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Do you like the sound of this but aren’t in Devon or prefer to work 1-1?

If you like the idea of exploring who you are since becoming a mother but aren’t in Devon or you prefer something that is tailored specifically to your needs, then I also offer Creative Life Coaching for Mothers.

This is a tailor-made, 1-1 programme by phone or Skype and gives you all the benefits of the Time for you Creative Writing meets Life Coaching Course but is custom-made so that you can focus on exactly what you need now.

Creative Life Coaching for Mothers 1-1