What is a support group?
Support Groups are informal gatherings of TM-ers, that come with their family or friends, which enable you to meet others with experience of TM. Support Groups provide opportunities to find solutions to problems from others who have experienced them before. Just meeting someone else who 'just knows' how it feels, is a great experience.
Who should go to them?
Most members are apprehensive about coming to a Support Group meeting for the first time, and most people bring a friend or family member for support. However despite the initial fear, almost everyone who comes along to a group for the first time is very pleased they did.
Will I be able to get there easily?
Normally the meeting is held in a convenient place, easy to reach by road or rail where parking is easy and there are provisions for wheelchairs.
What happens at a meeting?
Each Support Group runs a bit differently depending on how big that group is and quite often depending on whether there is a speaker or a guest. All groups have a Support Group Leader (or Co-leaders) and there may be one or two people who are also helpers. There will be members who attend regularly and will know other members and there will be new members coming to a meeting for the first time. It’s up to the individual Support Group to run their meeting as they think best. The London Support Group, for example, always starts the meeting with some refreshments, then they often have a speaker giving a talk on a relevant subject. After tea, there is what is best described as a ‘forum’ at which point everyone is able to discuss whatever topic they like concerning TM and it’s issues. Conversation never seems to lag and there is always plenty of time for individual questions and discussion.
If you have never been to a support group and cannot afford the transport costs, the TMS operates a discretionary fund to enable members to attend at least one meeting. This is done by getting in touch with the leader of your local group.
Where are the groups located?
How can I find out more?
You can find information about individual UK Support Groups (i.e. next meeting date, venue, directions, minutes of previous meetings, general information) by clicking the links below.
Can I start a group?
If there doesn’t seem to be a Support Group in your area, why not consider starting one? The TM Society has funds available to assist with venue hire, refreshment costs etc. From experience, as soon as a new Support Group is announced, new members come forward to help and participate – many of them have never met anyone else with TM! Drop us an email if you are thinking that you might like to start a group and would like to talk to someone about it in more detail.