New Fundraising!

Hello all! We have decided to start a push for funding for 3 of our most in need services; Cognitive Behavioural therapy, the Under 30s Group, and the Dual Diagnosis Group.

You can donate online by clicking HERE or or on any of the pictures in this post. You are also welcome come into the centre and donate in person. If you would like to donate to a specific service simply write down which one in the ‘donation comment’ box near the bottom of the page.

Cognitive behavioural therapy at SPARC– A part of the wider mental health alliance counselling service. At the moment CBT at SPARC consists of 2 therapists that operate to very high standards and tailor therapy to each individual that they work with. As they are part of SPARC and not bound by the requirements of statutory services they are able to work with each person to identify how many sessions are needed rather than work to a fixed number of weeks. CBTs at SPARC are also able to work with staff to deliver a highly holistic intervention in order to promote sustained positive results. Funding for this group would go towards paying for our qualified therapist so that we can maintain the high quality therapy that we currently have. This service is a new direction for SPARC and we are passionate about keeping it going so we can help as many people as possible.

Dual Diagnosis Group– The Dual Diagnosis group is one of our longer running groups and is an impressive example of peer support in action. The group runs after normal SPARC hours (5-7pm). The group provides a safe place for people to discuss mental heath and substance issues. It is a supportive environment that allows people to speak with others who have similar experiences but also share different insights and coping mechanisms. Alongside this the group also enjoys social activities where people can come to relax and have fun. Money raised for this group would go towards running the group and setting up day trips/outings arranged by the members themselves. This is a very popular and unique group that  is highly valued by both members and staff.

U30s– The Under 30s group was created as here at SPARC we have a core of younger people who were missing out on a place to engage with individuals of a similar age. This group has developed into a highly social and inclusive group where members are responsible for what the group does from week to week. This put the power in the hands of the under 30s themselves and promotes debate, coordination and teamwork. Any funds raised for this group would go towards costs for the group so that they can go to more places and do more varied activities. This group has been running on a shoe string for quite a while now and we really hope we can upgrade this to a boot strap!

Womens Group: Dance Movement Therapy

Good news for the Womens Group! If you want to try a different kind of therapy that uses creativity, body senses, movement and stillness you now have the opportunity to get involved with Dance Movement Therapy at SPARC.

This therapy is for anyone who would like to develop emotionally, cognitively, physically, spiritually and in particular developing in relationship to one’s body.

Dance Movement Therapy can help with: Depression, anxiety, stress, confidence, body image, social functioning, physical functioning, creativity and focus, balance and poise and issues with loss/grief.

It will run on Wednesdays from the 25/01/17 between 11:00 and 12:00.

This group is for members of SPARC and women only, please ask a member of staff or give us a ring if you would like to get involved.

Lets look at the Day Trippers!

Have you ever been on a trip with SPARC (if not you should give it a go)? Would you like to be more involved with how these trips happen? If yes then you should get involved with the Day Trippers group!


The Day Trippers are a group who meet every three weeks on a Monday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. This group is unique in that they have the responsibility of planning trips and the holiday; events which can be accessed by any member of SPARC. The group makes decisions about all aspects of a trip such as train/bus times, coach services, when and where to meet and managing deposits.

As well as this the group also organises  fundraising for the events to help lower their overall cost. This means that more people can afford to access these great opportunities.

If you want to take on a little more responsibility and get involved working with your peers the Day Trippers is for you. The group gives you a great chance to contribute to these trips and hopefully give you a bit of a confidence boost as well.

If you are interested in joining this group just ask a member of staff or give us a ring.


Stay tuned for updates about up and coming trips!


Lets look at the Snooker group!

Snooker is a great game and this group offers a chance to get together with other members of the centre to socialise and hone their skills. The group is very relaxed and welcoming which makes it a great place if you want to meet new people or just fancy giving snooker a go.


Everyone has a different level of skill and anyone; no matter how experienced they are at the game is welcome to come along. So if you are looking for somewhere you can have a chat and a game give us a ring or ask a member of staff about attending.

The SPARC snooker group runs on Wednesdays between 12PM and 2PM, it costs £3.00, is at the crucible on Edward Street.