What We Do
Social CHATs are what we are calling our get-togethers. Where we can meet new friends and contacts in a friendly social occasion and drink a cuppa or two. We can also play a few board games, bring your crafts along too or join in a quick exercise lesson from our Personal Trainer.
If we decide we need to chat some more we can do this at a time and place convenient to both of us.
At our new base, The Henry Cook Centre, we have a dedicated room where we can go off and talk in private every week. Just call us before so we can arrange or text to make sure we are not overbooked, 07450028410. Remember we can always call you back!
As you know the last year has been difficult with an on/off situation; one minute organising all that is needed to be Covid confident – taking online courses, purchasing PPE equipment and preparing posters/leaflets etc to cancelling some of or all of our operations.
CHAT2Us Gosport are still continuing to support the people that need one-to-one help and visiting those with physical and poor mental health in their own homes.
We are finding many need support with housing, filling in benefit related forms and support at health assessments and even going to medical and court appearances.
CHAT2Us have helped with British Citizenship, moving meters, neighbourhood disputes, debts, and sourcing disability aids as well as the above.
What we do is essential for the people who call us and for their referral agencies.
The people who come to our meetings and need support may come with poor mental health, physical or learning disabilities, elderly or isolated, parents or workers. They come to enhance their wellbeing, making friends and talk through any problems over a smile, a coffee and a chat. They can join in gentle exercise with our Personal Trainer or learn a new craft. And once a month stay for a nutritious buffet lunch.
During the warmer weather we meet down the beach for a picnic or take a walk and do a spot of litter picking too.
We are looking forward to commencing our weekly support group and the monthly lunch group and looking towards the future. Our members are key to how we run our group. Bring us an idea and let's see what we can do!
'Promoting Supportive Decision Making' - we guide and advise but you make the decisions!
We will be able to restart these very soon, look out for the date...
We like to support our community and if there is a Litterpick across our area we like to join in.
Our members are free to select an area near them that isn't looking at its best and feel that we can go and clean. Well controlled children and dogs are welcome.
Our Litterpicks are always a good social event. Getting in contact with your neighbours and at the same time care for our environment.
There's no need to worry about 'picks or bags either, we have a very supportive council who will provide these for us. Just bring along your gloves and wear comfortable supportive shoes/ boots (for safety / you never know where you might stand).
CHAT2US Friendship Group
Life at chat started as a monthly lunch group. The ladies enjoyed each others company so much they wanted to get together more often.t When I informed them that CHAT (our prior name) didn't have the finances to hire the hall weekly. One of our members, Julie D'Arcy, jumped in with'" You can use my shop!" 'One of a Kind Studios' in Whitworth Road. So that's what happened, a weekly slot at her shop and the third Monday of the month back at Thorngate for our lunch group. A big "THANK YOU JULIE!!" from all of us.
However times move on, and better accommodation was found at The Henry Cook Centre, South Street. This is on direct bus routes from all of Gosport making it more accessible for most people. We have always provided transport for those who need assistance with taxi's otherwise we know many who would not be able to attend, mainly the elderly and disabled.
Most of us ladies like to do knitting or some sort of craft. To support local groups and organisations we get our fingers busy by knitting tiny hats, and cardi's for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital. We also knit fidget sleeves for those suffering from nerve conditions and are donated to the Adult Services or local homes.
Our members lead our decisions and we are happy to discuss any changes and suggestions of what we do week to week with you.
If you enjoy anything crafty come and join us next Monday! (Though it is not compulsory! If you would just like some company and a chat we would love to see you).
Our groups are open to anyone from 18 - 90+