Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups
You may be aware that as a church we have partnered with the charity KINTSUGI HOPE to begin running Kintsugi Hope Well-Being Groups – a project which I have the privilege to lead. But you are probably somewhat unclear as to what this actually means??! ...so I will try to explain a little.....
Kintsugi Hope is a charity based in the UK striving to make a difference to people’s mental wellbeing.
'Kintsugi' (???) is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. The word means 'golden joinery' in Japanese. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was prior to being broken. Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them.
We all have times in life when things can get a bit much, we feel overwhelmed and we can struggle to keep going. The art of Kintsugi suggests that it is these very experiences and trials that make us who we are – unique, precious and beautiful. The well-being groups aim to find the treasure in life’s scars.
We want to see a world where mental and emotional health is understood and accepted, with safe and supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish.
So What is a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group?
A Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group is a safe and supportive space:
* for people who feel or have felt overwhelmed.
* providing tools for self-management.
* in a facilitated peer mentoring style setting.
We run as a 12 session weekly group covering issues including: disappointment, loss, anxiety, anger, perfectionism, shame and resilience. We aim to learn about these experiences from one another and to build a shared ‘tool box’ of things that can help us deal with them as they appear in our lives. The course material includes group and individual activities designed to us to accept ourselves, to understand our value and worth, and grow towards a more resilient and hopeful future.
Feedback so far has been amazing!
We are planning to start our first, small, face-to-face Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group on Monday 18th October – in the church early afternoon (times will be confirmed according to members’ preferences).
Wendy Bridge and I will be hosting the group and we have our first members already interested in coming. We still have a couple of spaces if anyone is thinking they might like to come along...please get in touch with me or Wendy ASAP to discuss this further if you are considering it.
(We have the capacity to continue to meet online if guidance re social gatherings is changed)
We are planning to run further groups in the future – probably starting after Christmas, possibly online and probably including an evening group – but we really want to tailor how these grow according to what is wanted or needed. You may well know friends / neighbours who would also really benefit from something like this – these groups are designed to include people of any faith or none, so if you’d like to register interest or just to find out more please get in touch with me!
If you’d like to see further details about Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Groups, download their brochure.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Community Support Worker