It's fun and interactive
I like getting out of the house
I've met new people and gained new skills
I've met loads of new people and enjoyed the cooking and gardening
Everybody is friendly and welcoming
I've enjoyed watching members' confidence grow
I've built my confidence and increased my team leading skills
I've enjoyed everything I've done in the groups
I don't feel alone anymore
'Me time', overcoming anxiety, learning new things I thought I wouldn’t try
Staff and volunteers that listen
Socialising and meeting people, travelling by myself to the group
Motivation to do things helps my mood
Challenging myself, overcoming my mood and depression and how it has affected my life
“KIM helps me gain knowledge about how to deal with mental illness, it inspires me to start something new and to make new memories. I have developed my confidence, my self worth feels rejuvenated, new doors have been opened and I am now preparing for a new life.”
“I have found KIM to be very beneficial in helping my mental health and confidence. Since I have been attending KIM I have completed an accredited course. At Christmas time I went to the KIM party and enjoyed socialising with people who had been through the same things. I had a dance which is something I have not done in a long time. At the end of the day I got home on a bus all the way back to Wrexham, again this is something I have not done in a long time.”
I have been on a couple of courses; the only way that this has happened was gaining confidence through the support of KIM. My first course was a 8 week photography course then a come and cook course. I really enjoyed them both. I am now doing fundraising for KIM and I have met so many new friends.
KIM has helped me to build my confidence. You get to mix with other people with similar problems. I have found out from KIM what else is out there to get more support. I'm motivated to get out of the house. You know that if you have a good support network it's easier; others to talk to. Nobody judges me especially when I am having a bad day.
“Before I started to come to KIM I found it hard to get help and support for my mental health; groups are not very well advertised in the local community. If I had not been going to the mental health team at my local hospital I would never have found out about KIM. Since coming to KIM I have made many new friends and it has stopped my being housebound because of my mental and physical conditions. I have learnt many new skills and grown in confidence. I really enjoyed the new accredited courses that KIM has started and I am looking forward to doing more for myself.”
“I hope all is going well at KIM. I must say I’m very impressed by the great work you do. With best wishes and many thanks, Jo Thomas (Open University)
My perception of KIM is that it provides an invaluable life-line for the people that attend the groups. Everyone I have spoken to really looks forward to their time with the others. They receive help and guidance on how to tackle various issues through workshops, which in turn, builds their confidence. The KIM staff and volunteers are fantastic! They are there for the service users when they need them, (even if it is just an ear to bend), but just as importantly, they guide them on a journey to a better mental health, working at the pace that each individual requires. To personally see My Wife grow in confidence and adopt a much more positive approach is amazing. A big THANK YOU to everyone at KIM – you are BRILLIANT!”
KIM is a very welcoming and supportive environment. It has helped me a lot with social anxiety, depression and motivation. On my worst days when I struggle to get out of bed I now push myself to face the day and doing this always makes me feel better afterwards. The staff and volunteers are great and are always coming up with new ideas of new and exciting things to do. I have made some lovely friends and we are always welcoming to new members. I have learnt lots of new hobbies and ways of coping which I now continue at home to help me distract me when my mood is low.