MEMBERS' EVENTS

We host regular livestreams and events for our members, in collaboration with other organisations, charities, support agencies and guest speakers.

We know all too well that free time can be a rarity to carers, which is why we always save the talks to our channels, to give Members the freedom to catch up in their own time.

If you’re a member of The Ripple Pond and would like to catch up on an event that you’ve missed, let us know and we will send you a link:

help@theripplepond.org

MENTAL WELLBEING

THE LIFE HEALER

Spiritual healer, Clare, has been offering ongoing support to our members, providing regular guided meditation sessions. Often focussing on a particular theme or issue, Clare's sessions a combination of talking and energy healing.

the warrior programme

The team behind The Warrior Programme understand the unique challenges and demands faced by Forces families, and offer spouses, partners, adult children (over 18), siblings, parents and extended family members the opportunity to learn the skills to develop their self-reliance, confidence and self esteem. Rebecca Gallimore joined us to talk about everything from how to improve our self-awareness, communication and relationships, to how we can manage our negative emotions, and even how to introduce self-care.

keeping families in mind

Delivered by Sheffield Mind, Doncaster Mind and Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, 'Keeping Families in Mind' is a service that offers support and therapy to the families of serving and veteran Armed Forces personnel. We were joined by KFiM's Project Manager and Psychotherapist, Sam Mulholland, to discuss the importance of wellbeing.

KELDA WOOD | CLIMBING OUT

After a serious leg injury in 2002, Kelda Wood lost her Olympic dream, her confidence and herself-belief. Since then, Kelda has represented GB at the Paralympics, become the first para-rower to solo row over 3,000nm unsupported across the Atlantic, and founded Climbing Out, an incredible charity that focuses on helping people to rebuild confidence and self-esteem after life-changing injury, illness or trauma.

CARON SANDERS-CROOK

Journaling can have a significant impact on your mental health and your stress management, but sometimes the thought of putting pen to paper can be daunting... unless you've got a professional author to show you how it's done! Caron Sanders-Crook is the best-selling author of 'Behind The Smiles: An Army Veteran's Wife's Personal Guide for Supporting Families with PTSD', a Registered Nurse with over thirty years of health and social care experience, an Integrated Therapist and PTSD counsellor, and a veteran.

MATT PRICE

"I’ll help you to understand why you do and think the things that you do. Together we’ll look at what you really want from your life, what’s holding you back and, most importantly, how you can start making changes and taking ownership of them." Veteran turned lifestyle and wellness coach, Matt Price, shows us how to reframe our thinking and embrace the power of being outside amongst nature.

SHEFFIELD MIND

“When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. It makes us better able to deal with life's ups and downs.” Improving our own self-esteem is no mean feat, but we’ve got the expert advice that you need to get you started on the right path, from Qualified Psychotherapist and Clinical Lead at Sheffield Mind, Richard Brocklehurst.

PHYSICAL WELLBEING

claire willsher | DR ME

Qualified PE teacher, Claire Willsher, is the founder of DR ME, as well as being a registered health coach and speaker. Claire is passionate about the benefits of whole-body health, and firmly believes in inspiring others to become the best they can possibly be.

defence gardens scheme

“I’m very used to teaching people how to grow their own veg, and just getting started with growing your own, without any experience whatsoever…” If you’ve ever fancied the idea of growing your own produce, but haven’t got the first clue how to get started, we’ve got just the expert for you! Lucy from Defence Gardens Scheme joined us to share all of the hints, tips and ideas you need to kick off your ‘growing your own’ journey.

CAREER ADVICE

rfea

Lee and Joanne from RFEA Families Programme joined us to talk to our members about job-hunting, recruitment, self-esteem, confidence-building skills, and the Families Programme's focus on empowerment.