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Old 9th March 2014, 14:21
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I'd be interested in helping out. I have some experience of graphic design. Fliers business cards, logos I can do most things except code you a website.
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Old 9th March 2014, 23:54
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Great Ink, thanks for letting us know! If you would like to volunteer, please email us on: info@sashgroup.org

Thanks again Ink and everyone else who has volunteered to help out!
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Old 8th May 2014, 05:52
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Any news on how things are progressing with the charity?
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Old 12th May 2014, 23:36
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Hey Seagull, we have organized a talk on Mindfulness and Yoga for Social Anxiety Disorder on Friday the 23rd in London at Cass Business School. More details in the next post!
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Old 14th May 2014, 12:49
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Talk: Practising Mindfulness (23rd May at Cass Business School, London)

A talk by Kathy Osborne, yoga teacher and psychotherapist

Social anxiety can leave us isolated and set apart from the world around us. The sensations that become social anxiety begin in relationship to our environment at a time when we have little or no ability to move away from danger or towards safety. This results in us finding ways of adapting ourselves to manage difficult experiences and to survive. These adaptations, such as withdrawing, becoming shy, deciding we don’t need anyone or that we are ‘loners’ or ‘outsiders’, can start to create difficulties in themselves not least as questioning, self-aware adults.

In this experiential talk, Kathy will discuss and lead the group through examples of mindfulness meditation exercises, yogic breathing and other simple and low key practices that are suitable for everyone to provide tools to manage everyday stressful situations and environments. Kathy believes these techniques can help us all towards reconnection with ourselves, allowing us to become more centred and self-aware in turn facilitating reduced social anxiety. The talk will take place within a relaxed and open environment that encourages honest and frank discussion of the lived experience of Social Anxiety and allow sharing of experiences and solutions across the group.

The talk will last one hour and a half, including Q&A.

Kathy Osborne is an experienced Yoga Therapist specialising in Mental Health. She is also an Integrative Counsellor and is currently a finalist for a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Minster Centre. She has a private practice in both Moorgate and Docklands and also works for The Terrence Higgins Trust. Through her background, Kathy is particularly interested in the ways in which yoga, mindfulness and psychotherapy can help us to feel more comfortable in relationship with ourselves and consequently with others.

When: Friday 23th May, 6.45pm

Where: Cass Business School (106 Bunhill Row, EC1Y 8TZ London)

Cost: £5 if pre-booked (via email), £6 without booking

To book a ticket, please email bookings@sashgroup.org

This event is organised jointly by SASH and SAF (Social Anxiety Foundation). All ticket sales proceeds go to the charity.
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Old 27th May 2014, 05:06
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This is really helpful.

Thanks for posting everyone
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Old 14th June 2014, 03:25
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Great idea, it's a shame that it's too far away from myself in Lancashire, though are still tempted to come to a event. Would anyone be interested in setting up a SA charity serving areas like Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire etc?
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Old 11th July 2014, 14:10
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Hi everyone, on Thursday the 10th of July 2014 there was a talk by Professor David Clark and Richard Layard. Professor Clark is an psychologist and specialist on anxiety disorders (including social anxiety). They interview was conducted by Andrew Marr. I've not had a chance to listen to it myself, but if you're interested, there is a podcast of it:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/vi...r.aspx?id=2551
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Old 23rd December 2014, 23:31
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Hello all!

On Friday the 30th of January the Social Anxiety Foundation (SAF) will be screening the film Romantics Anonymous. It is a French-language film with English subtitles (original French title: Les émotifs anonymes).

What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker he has just hired. But being pathologically timid does not make things easy for them. So whether they manage to get together, join their solitudes and live happily ever after is a guessing matter.



The film will start at 6.30pm and will end at around 8pm. Afterwards we would like to invite you all to join us for a drink at a nearby pub.

The venue is Cass Business School (106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ). Nearest tube station is Old Street on the Northern Line.

There is a £6 attendance fee, payable at the entrance. All the money will go to the newly created social anxiety charity, to be used for future events and activities.

If you would like to attend but are concerned that you may feel too anxious on the day, please email us - we may be able to help you. For example, we will have volunteers who can meet you at the underground or at the bus stop and walk with you to the venue.

The email address is: info@sashgroup.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Stefano and the rest of the SAF team
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Old 28th January 2015, 13:45
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Hope to see some of your there for Friday nights SA-themed film, Romantics Anonymous! (see above post for details)
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Old 10th February 2015, 15:06
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UPDATE! (February 2015)

A belated happy new year to everyone on SAUK! We would like to wish you all the very best for 2015.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the progress that the charity, the Social Anxiety Foundation (SAF), has made over the past year.

First of all, we would like to say how grateful we are to everyone who has offered to volunteer for the charity and especially to those who have already been able to contribute in some way, whether by writing articles, helping with the website or responding to survey questions.

Thanks to you we have been able to accomplish quite a lot, though it will still be a while before the charity can be fully launched. We are 6 members on the charity committee and we have all been juggling our jobs, families and other commitments – in fact, 2 babies have arrived since we started working on this project!

One of the most popular projects is the buddy scheme. Unfortunately we have discovered that there are various legal hurdles that have to crossed before the scheme can be launched. We appreciate your patience and hope that we will be able to get the buddy scheme up and running in another year or so.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, we really need help in the following areas:

URGENT: Website developer – someone who can build and/or design websites.

- We would like to post stories on the charity’s website of your personal experiences with social anxiety. If you are happy to share, please send us your stories - your personal details will of course not be revealed (unless you would like them to be). Your stories can be as long or short as you wish and about any aspect of your social anxiety.

- Legal advice. Volunteers with practical experience of legal matters (Ideally, but not necessarily, charity law).

- Welfare / Benefits. Volunteers with experience / knowledge of the UK benefits and welfare system.

- Volunteers with professional fundraising experience, to contribute to setting up the charity’s fundraising strategy.

- Digital copywriter. Volunteer with experience designing and optimizing website content.

Your role will be supported by the permanent members of the charity. Face to face interaction is not necessary for any of these roles.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact info@sashgroup.org

Thanks again everyone!

Best wishes,
Stefano, Catherine, Pete, Tom, Michaela and Mary
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Old 27th February 2015, 23:30
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I would be interested in helping in any way I can.
Considering SA is apparently one of the most common mental health issues it is almost painful to realise that myself and I'm sure many others spent years suffering before they found information relating to SA and self diagnosed before seeking professional help.
When professional help is finally sought it is woefully lacking even by experienced mental health proffesionals who seem to lump SA into the same bracket as many other panic disorders when it seems the pervasiveness of this condition should require real recognition.
If I had been taught about SA in school, I'm sure it could have have saved me years of trauma and bad decisions. I could have focused on recovery and coping and wouldn't have felt so disconnected and alienated while not even knowing what was wrong with me.
Awareness seems to me to be key, everyone has heard of and is aware of depression, so why not SA? The impact it has on the lives of sufferers is hard to quantify as it effects nearly every part of your life. It is time people know about this and take it seriously, I am 26 now and have been suffering with SA since the age of about 10.
The thought that there are children all around the world that are confused, angry, lonely and petrified by their lives fills me sadness and despair, when by simply knowing what is wrong with them they or their parents could take steps to address their feelings and not suffer in silence.
Like I said if I can help in any way I will
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Old 2nd April 2015, 13:26
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I'd like to help with the buddy scheme.
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Old 4th August 2015, 20:22
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Id be interested in the buddy scheme
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Old 12th September 2015, 20:46
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I would be interested in volunteering. Does this charity have its own website?
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Old 6th October 2015, 21:52
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I hope to have a meeting one of the leaders this friday (have known of stephano a long time) - i will encourage him to post an update on way things are
Thanks
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Old 5th November 2015, 19:43
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Anything....?
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Old 5th November 2015, 20:07
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Hi sorry for delay and thanks for your reminder. Will write to Stephano right now and ask
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Old 10th November 2015, 17:20
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UPDATE! (February 2015)

A belated happy new year to everyone on SAUK! We would like to wish you all the very best for 2015.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the progress that the charity, the Social Anxiety Foundation (SAF), has made over the past year.

First of all, we would like to say how grateful we are to everyone who has offered to volunteer for the charity and especially to those who have already been able to contribute in some way, whether by writing articles, helping with the website or responding to survey questions.

Thanks to you we have been able to accomplish quite a lot, though it will still be a while before the charity can be fully launched. We are 6 members on the charity committee and we have all been juggling our jobs, families and other commitments – in fact, 2 babies have arrived since we started working on this project!

One of the most popular projects is the buddy scheme. Unfortunately we have discovered that there are various legal hurdles that have to crossed before the scheme can be launched. We appreciate your patience and hope that we will be able to get the buddy scheme up and running in another year or so.

If you are interested in volunteering for us, we really need help in the following areas:

URGENT: Website developer – someone who can build and/or design websites.

- We would like to post stories on the charity’s website of your personal experiences with social anxiety. If you are happy to share, please send us your stories - your personal details will of course not be revealed (unless you would like them to be). Your stories can be as long or short as you wish and about any aspect of your social anxiety.

- Legal advice. Volunteers with practical experience of legal matters (Ideally, but not necessarily, charity law).

- Welfare / Benefits. Volunteers with experience / knowledge of the UK benefits and welfare system.

- Volunteers with professional fundraising experience, to contribute to setting up the charity’s fundraising strategy.

- Digital copywriter. Volunteer with experience designing and optimizing website content.

Your role will be supported by the permanent members of the charity. Face to face interaction is not necessary for any of these roles.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact info@sashgroup.org

Thanks again everyone!

Best wishes,
Stefano, Catherine and Mary
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Old 10th November 2015, 17:34
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Hi everyone, thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately progress with setting up this charity is taking much longer than planned. At the moment we are down to 3 permanent committee members, though we are hoping to recruit some more soon.

Unfortunately we have zero funding and us 3 committee members are working full time and have family and other commitments eating into our time.

We desperately need volunteers who can make a serious commitment to help us in creating this charity.

I can hear that the buddy scheme is very popular. Unfortunately, we have discovered that all buddies will need CBR (I think they may be called something else now) checks and training, which involves money and a venue, neither of which we possess.

We have therefore decided to concentrate on creating a website. Then we need to look at registering the charity and seeking fund raising.

We are doing our best, but you will have to be patient a bit longer - it will probably be several years before the charity is up and running properly.

I'm sorry I can't give you a better update than that, but please rest assured that the three remaining committee members are 100% dedicated to seeing this charity become a reality one day in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

Meanwhile we'd like to wish you all the best in your struggles with social anxiety - as well as the many coexistent problems that we know many of you have, such as depression.

Thanks again for you patience!
Best wishes,
Stefano, Catherine and Mary :-)
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Old 19th December 2015, 08:02
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Even though I have just joined this site I would be very interested in the buddying scheme, I have a lot of spare time and am fine on a one-one basis.
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Old 19th December 2015, 23:10
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Hi EliB - thanks for your message. We need help actually setting up the buddy scheme, so you (and other people too!) would be very welcome to help us on that! Unfortunately, we have discovered that all buddies will need DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly known as CBR) checks and training, so we need people to research all this while we focus on other aspects of the charity (such as registration, website and funding). Thanks!
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