Calling all Nottingham-based young people! Our meet ups in Nottingham have been running since March 2018 and they are really fun! We meet once a month, and we would love you to join us.

There is a growing group of us, aged between 18 and 35, and we’ve all lost different people in unique circumstances.

Everyone is welcome and we’d love to meet you – there is no pressure to tell us anything about your loss, in fact, we often don’t talk about it! Instead we just spend time enjoyed each other’s company and exploring the beautiful city of Nottingham.

Hosts

Your hosts in Nottingham are Lizzie and Will, who have been coming along to the meet ups since they started.

Lizzie is a 29 year old forensic psychologist from Nottingham. She is experienced in assessing and working with a range of complex needs including personality disorder, mental health, trauma, and violence. She is extremely passionate about supporting those in crisis and is committed to challenging stigma and promoting compassion, support and empathy. She is also a Samaritans Safeguarding Officer, and provides suicide awareness training to individuals across the UK.

Will is a 20 year old student at Nottingham Trent University studying furniture design. He enjoys being active and watching sports, and exploring new areas of Nottingham. He loves helping run the meet ups in Nottingham – mostly because he loves winding Lizzie up about how short she is. (please note: the below photo is not quite the real height difference, although it’s not far off the truth)

Lizzie and Will are happy to grab a coffee before the meet up, if you’d rather get to know them before coming along. You can chat to them, ask them questions or send them your best jokes by emailing nottingham@letstalkaboutloss.org.

Upcoming dates

Sometimes life gets in the way and you need to plan in advance, so here’s our next meet up dates. We hope to meet you soon!

Extra event – Friday 11th October – Let’s Talk About Loss is participating in HOPEWALK, in collaboration with Nottingham Trent Students Union and Papyrus. Find out more information about HOPEWALK here and keep your eyes peeled on our social media for more information!

Next meet up – Sunday 27th October, 4pm – 6pm @ Crocus Cafe, Lenton

This month the Nottingham group are meeting for autumnal fun – you will have the opportunity to get crafty and create your own spooky-faced pumpkin while enjoying the delicious food at Crocus Cafe. Autumn is the perfect time to settle down in a comfy chair with some new friends whilst getting creative.

Pumpkin carving is the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity – will you create a face, a shape, or something even more spooky? All of the pumpkins for carving will be sourced from a local farm. We will ask for a contribution of £3 for the pumpkins and materials.

The location of the meet up is Crocus Cafe, 18 Lenton Boulevard, Lenton, Nottingham NG7 2ES. Crocus Café is Nottingham’s oldest community café. It serves amazing vegetarian and vegan food with a focus on being fair trade and locally sourced! Free parking is available on Lenton Boulevard and the nearby roads. The cafe can be accessed easily on public transport.

We recognise that it can be challenging to attend a group on your own. The Nottingham group is always hosted by Lizzie and Will, and we are happy to meet with you beforehand for a coffee or to walk to the meet up together. We know it’s sometimes a little easier knowing someone else there. If you feel that this would be helpful, just send us an email. We are here to help you.

Email Lizzie and Will on nottingham@letstalkaboutloss.org for more information!

Future dates coming up…

Tuesday 5th November – drinks and fireworks at Forest Recreation Ground! Save the date!

Join our Facebook group

If you’re aged 18-35, have been bereaved, and live in Nottingham, you can join our Facebook group for people who have been to, or are wanting to come to, a meet up. It’s a safe space only for those who have been bereaved, and you’ll be able to find out all the latest information about the meet ups. Request to join by clicking here.

Will I fit in?

The short answer is: yes!

Want to hear from some of the people who come along to the group? Here’s what they had to say:

“The group is full of like-minded people who know the feelings you have experienced – so they can provide the best support”

“It sounds weird but the group is so fun! Not what you would expect from a grief-related group, but we really have a laugh and hardly ever talk about “the sad stuff”. I’ve found a group of friends who I can be totally myself with – and that is awesome”

“It can be very helpful being around people who have similar experiences to you”

Want to see what we get up to?

Here we are messing around at Wollaton Park and going for an evening stroll down the River Trent. We’re a group of young people exploring Nottingham and having fun, knowing that whenever we need support, we have a place to talk.

We know that coming along to a group for bereaved young people can be really scary, but we really are just completely normal people having fun and taking terrible selfies. Email us if you want to join in.