Lonely, isolated, anxious in need of support? Have a look through this list of online support/social groups we’ve found for you.


The Long Distance Social Club

The Long Distance Social Club sessions are a way for men to chat. Each week, there will be a different theme and some activities that will get you thinking about what will help you to keep on top of things in this strange time. Join in advance here: https://humansbeing47298194.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/the-long-distance-social-club/

Leeds Dads Whatsapp Group

Over 100 dads sharing ideas and chatting about their day. Several have already expressed anxiety issues and they are happy to welcome them. Includes the Leeds Dads World Famous Sunday Night Quiz! Simply email leedsdads@gmail.com to join the WhatsApp group.

Leeds Dads “AskADad Coronavirus Facebook Live”!

Every Tuesday evening. Answer your questions on employment law, debt, explaining the virus to your kids, and lots more! Simply visit https://www.facebook.com/leedsdads

Touchstone Groups:

‘This is me’ Group - art , conversation and self-help. For women aged 16-24. Tuesdays 2-3pm.

Music / Social Group - Learn about music and play music related games. Tuesdays 1-2pm.  All welcome.

Men’s Group - Catch up, chat and play games. For men aged 30-60. Wednesdays 3pm.

To join these groups, contact MHL@touchstonesupport.org.uk or 0113 248 4880 in advance. They will help you join in.

Other Broader Anxiety Support:

Anxiety UK are running online support groups and webinars. They also have lots of blogs including how to deal with anxiety while social distancing. https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/

Therapy for You run online therapy video therapy courses which are used by the NHS. This includes CBT- based video courses designed to improve mental health. https://www.therapyforyou.co.uk/

The Drighlington Health Hub are running free online group counselling. The sessions are for 90 minutes, and will run for 10 sessions. To take part in the sessions clients would need to have internet access and download Zoom (https://zoom.us/). To access the groups complete the online enquiry form found  https://drighlingtonhealthhub.co.uk/contact-us. The initial group timetable is Mondays 10.00am till 11:30 am, Wednesdays 7pm till 8 30pm and Thursdays 7pm till 8:30pm. More online here.

Altzheimer’s Society United Against Dementia have a helpline if you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call their Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456. Find our more about support for people with dementia in this time of crisis online here.

COVID-19: guidance for domestic abuse safe accommodation provision Guidance for providers of safe accommodation with support for victims of domestic abuse and their children.  Download guidance here.

Leeds Food Aid Network (FAN) exists to help bring different people, initiatives and institutions together who are involved in tackling food poverty in the city of Leeds. Food provision is changing every day so for the latest information visit the News section of the FAN website here.

Take care, stay healthy and stay happy.