What To Expect

We are a pro-recovery group but there’s no pressure in our group to recover. We acknowledge that the journey through eating difficulties is different for everyone and our  group supports those at whatever stage they are at. Here, we wanted to outline what to expect at a group meeting, as we know that it can be difficult to face a situation that you are not used to. If you have any queries about the group meetings please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What to Expect

Format of the Group Meeting 

Arrive at 19:30 – St Denys Community Centre

19:30 – 19:50 – Coffee and Tea with Arts and Crafts

19:50 – 20:40 – Group Discussion

20:40 – 21:00 – Wind Down

Acacia Dreams Ground Rules

  • What is said in the group stays in the group.
  • Share feelings and experiences, but not advice.
  • Accept each other without making judgements.
  • Practice active listening. Give everyone an opportunity to share.
  • Avoid interrupting or having side conversations.
  • Put phones on silent.
  • Be respectful and sensitive to others.
  • No numbers, particularly calories and weight.
  • Abusive or belittling language or attitudes to members of the group will not be tolerated and you may be asked to leave.


Recommendations for group members

  • Do not exchange personal information e.g phone numbers.
  • Please turn up on time, sometimes being late is unavoidable but if you are late please come in quietly.
  • Use ‘I’ language as much as possible.
  • Avoid individual problem solving. No one of us is an expert and no one knows what is best for another.
  • Emergency support should be directed to the emergency services or support such as the Samaritans.
  • If you feel overwhelmed by the situation you are in, let one of the group facilitators know; do not feel obliged to sit in an uncomfortable situation. If a facilitator is available to do so they will follow your lead and leave the room with you and can discuss whether you want to rejoin the group or leave when you are ready to do so.


Confidentiality and Broadening Confidentiality


For our group confidentiality is fundamental to providing a safe space. We ask that what is discussed within the group stays within the group. Group facilitators respect information we are told within the group and no information will be passed on. However, we are unable to vouch for individuals at the group, beyond asking that all members of the group respect other’s right to speak in the knowledge that what they say will not leave the room.


Keeping you safe

Your safety is important to us and in extreme circumstances confidentiality will have to be broadened.

‘We’ refers to the ‘Group Facilitators’.

In an immediate emergency, such as a member of the group being taken seriously ill during a group session, we will contact 999. Further to this, we will ask you if we are able to broaden confidentiality (extend the confidentiality to people outside of the group) if it is perceived that you are at serious risk of causing yourself or others harm. You will be fully involved in this process. We will talk to you and explain our concerns and ask if we can contact anyone to offer further support to you. Depending on your request, we will contact emergency services, family or your local GP surgery.

If we are made aware that a third party is in immediate danger or harm, specifically a child, we will have to break confidentiality in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and do what we can to protect that child by passing on information to the relevant services.

Please note that we can only offer support within the group session. If you choose to leave a group session or refuse our request to break confidentiality we will be unable to pursue further action. We cannot take any responsibility for individuals after they have left a group session.