About The Ripple Pond
The Ripple Pond is a self-help support network across the UK for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured service personnel and veterans.
The Ripple Pond was set up by two mothers of seriously wounded servicemen who recognised that no similar service existed purely for adult family members, and who found strength and comfort by sharing and supporting each other through such a unique challenge.
What sets this organisation apart is that we empower each member to seek support when they need it most, in ways that are helpful for them – whether that is via group meetings, ‘buddies’ or via a private Facebook page.
Many members are facing similar situations and The Ripple Pond gives them a safe space, both physically and mentally, to deal with them.
Whether your loved one is currently serving full time, as a reservist or a veteran, we will show you a warm welcome and support you through your challenges.
Uncomplicated. Holistic. Local. Pro-active
What we provide
The Ripple Pond provides avenues for self-help and support.
Different types of support are required at various times in our recovery. For example, in the middle of the night email works well; and then at other times a chat on the phone helps. If you feel you are struggling or you feel isolated, often face-to-face meetings will enable you to share your story with others who have similar experiences.
The Ripple Pond does not provide counselling, and should you require this, our team are happy to put you in touch with relevant local services.
These peer-led, self-help groups meet regularly with the main aim of providing a space to express feelings safely, in a non-judgemental environment, where everyone can be heard. The groups are here for mums, dads, spouses, siblings – indeed any adult family member who feels they would like support.
By sharing and listening in small confidential groups, our traumatic experiences begin to be processed. This all helps us move on in a more positive and pro-active way: we are taking control of our lives. Before attending one of our meetings we will have a chat with you so that you know what to expect and our small groups mean that a very warm and personal welcome awaits you.
“This group is a godsend, people here really get the situation we are all in, it’s different for everyone but the feelings are the same, it helps you cope and feel supported in the daily challenge we all face.”
(Mother and Ripple Pond member)
Other means of support
We also support each other between meetings via email, phone and private Facebook page.
When you become a member of The Ripple Pond you will be asked if you wish to be put in touch with other members. From there you can get to know other members in your area for one on one support and sharing.
Becoming a Member
It is very easy to become a member of The Ripple Pond community.
- Make contact with us, either via phone, email or contact form. Our Contact Us page has all of the details you need.
- When you make initial contact with us here at The Ripple Pond, we will arrange to talk with you over the phone about the support we have on offer.
- We will then email you our confidentiality agreement. Please read this carefully, sign and return to us.
- Once we receive your signed agreement we will introduce you to another member, usually from your local Ripple Pond group. How much you divulge and how often you talk is entirely up to you. The support is there when you need it.
We take confidentiality very seriously. When joining us you will be asked to electronically sign our confidentiality agreement – you will not be made a member until this is done. All members are reminded that they may only share their own journeys and not those of any others, and all information shared at meetings, via telephone or on Facebook is kept strictly confidential.
Any breaches in confidentiality should be brought to The Ripple Pond Hub’s attention as soon as possible and it will be dealt with appropriately.