The impact the HOPE Programme can have on an individual is truly astonishing, and to celebrate the success of the programme we would like to share with you some of the feedback we have received from people who have attended the course. If you are having doubts about booking yourself on to the course, we hope this encourages you to take that brave first step.
Although some of my pain is still the same, attending course did help me more in a mental health way. I feel more positive on some things, whilst I did know some of the things we talked about – I felt it almost gave me permission not to worry so much about some things, to say no, to rest instead of trying to do everything, I really felt it made me think that “It’s ok …. to put myself first sometimes, to rest, to say no, to not feel I need to have a big list of things to do, to just relax, even to say when I am in pain instead of saying I’m ok all the time”. Also I really enjoyed the way that the facilitators led the discussion each time and helped us in the group to be able to talk and say how we were feeling, or what we thought. It was nice as well to be in a small group and get to know the other ladies a little. I was so happy to be able to do the course via technology because I live a long way away and so would never have been able to attend in person.
This course has given me the confidence and tools necessary to continue living alongside multiple physical and mental health conditions. I no longer “suffer” from these conditions but instead I have learnt how “live alongside” them. Genuinely blown away with how much this course has helped me and I’ve made some great friends along the way! Thanks to the whole team for their continued support and I’ll look forward to catching up soon.
I just wanted to say a huge big massive thanks to the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Hope Programme for allowing me to participate. It truly has been an honour and privilege to have been able to take part. I have learnt so much and have the worksheets now to refer to for inspiration, advice and guidance. It has made me appreciate the priorities in my life of being kinder to myself, to value the incredible support network of my wonderful family and friends, and the importance of keeping my mind and body fit and healthy.
This experience has been a life saviour for me.
I’ve never felt so supported and I’ve gained friendships with people who understand, thank you.
Since week 5 my husband and son, who came to visit, have noticed my hair has regrown, it was falling out in clumps back in January but since being on the programme this hasn’t happened and it looks thicker again.
It has helped me to know I am not alone.
I actually remembered how to laugh again.
Connecting with encouraging and supportive people regularly really boosted my confidence and self-esteem. Knowing I am not alone facing life’s challenges, meeting strong and courageous people sharing their experiences and wisdom, was so inspiring and certainly helped me move areas of my life forward.
HOPE turned out to be a new and enlightening experience for me and without trying to over exaggerate, it really has started a new and more positive chapter in my life, give it some time and embrace everything and I promise you it will make a change to you.
I found the HOPE Programme made a tremendous difference to me when I put what the facilitators had told us about into practice. I became more confident and much keener to get the best out of life.
Absolutely superb, the support and friendliness of the team is very kind! The tasks they give you are life changers, wish this group was there for everyone.
I felt very emotional yesterday after completing the last session of the HOPE programme. Over the past 6 weeks it has honestly been a real pleasure to be part of this group as everyone has been so friendly, honest, kind, thoughtful and welcoming.
First of all, I would like to thank Liv Weight very much for organizing and booking the HOPE programme and being so efficient and helpful with any questions I had and replying back promptly. Nothing seemed too much trouble. She even helped me set up and do a test run of Microsoft Teams as I had never used it before.
I would also like to thank Becky and Rosie so much for being such amazing facilitators. From the very first session, they put everyone at ease and brought a lot of humour each week which made me smile, something that I hadn’t done for a very long time!! The sessions felt nice and relaxed and I really appreciated being given a choice whether we wanted to share any opinions or not. We were all given the opportunity to speak if we wanted to, but didn’t feel pressured that we had to. Each session was very informative, yet fun and we have been given some great tools to work with going forward to help with our recovery. There was a really good balance of information, discussion, visual and imagery, which kept it interesting. The facilitators always helped to come up with solutions to people’s difficulties and was there to listen and offer their support at all times.
I feel truly blessed to have been part of this group and everyone was so so lovely and supportive of each other. It was humbling how honest and open each person was especially when we were probably feeling the most vulnerable. It was really nice to talk to others who knew exactly how we was feeling. I feel sad the group sessions are now over and I will miss them, but I do hope we will stay in touch and connected and I truly wish everyone light at the end of the tunnel and a positive road to recovery.
Thank you once again to the HOPE programme. It has been the only thing I have been offered from my GP and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of it.
Thanks so much to Rosie, Becky and Liv for organising and facilitating this course. I feel very lucky to have been part of the group every Monday and have really enjoyed it. I hadn’t been able to do any Zoom or online meetings since last March due to screens making my head worse and had felt quite isolated. Rosie suggested listening like a podcast on week 1 when I was panicking and I immediately felt less pressure and was able to continue with the group which I am really grateful for. I have found a lot of the suggestions like gratitude really helpful tools and will try to continue to do that each day or when I’m having a negative moment! I’ve found it a really supportive, positive and at times fun experience. Thanks to all. Hope to keep in touch and wishing you all well xx
Having long term conditions can knock you off balance but the HOPE Programme gently encourages you back on course. Gratitude, problems floating away on leaves and self-compassion (among other things) go a fair way to helping you to find your way back to your center, allowing you to be in more control of your life, especially in lockdown. Other participants and facilitators offer you encouragement to achieve your goals and there is a real feeling of community and support. It has made a difference to my life. Thank you.
Your feedback is invaluable, if you have attended a HOPE course we would love to hear what you thought! Please take some time to leave a review on our HOPE Facebook page.
A huge thank you from the HOPE Team.