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Befriending

Befriending is a service that provides companionship to vulnerable people finding living in their community difficult. It offers the opportunity to develop new relationships and participate in social activities. Omagh Support Group provide a befriending service to all its members.

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to members who would otherwise would be socially isolated. The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.
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Complementary Therapies

Omagh Support Group offer complementary therapies to its members. Members can avail of treatments such as Aromatherapy Back Massage, Swedish Massage, Neck & Shoulder, Neck, Shoulder & Scalp, Back Massage, Hot Stone Back Massage, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology. All treatments take place in our fully equipped therapy room located downstairs at the Omagh Support premises, Bridge Centre, Omagh. We have disabled parking, and disability access and toilets. Service users are required to complete pre and post therapy questionnaires to assess the extent to which the treatment has assisted them over the course of treatment. Service users are also reminded that there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Only in exceptional circumstances will they be able to redeem the treatment session.
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Social Support

Omagh Support Group aim to provide Social Support to its members to reduce social isolation levels and enhance confidence levels, as outlined in the recent Needs Analysis and Strategic Plan of Omagh Support Group 2010-2013. This includes offering Befriending Training, Social Outings and Respite Trips. It is important for us to adhere to our mission statement which is: to allow our members to embark on a personal journey where they can recover, grow and sustain a sense of wellbeing. Members of the Omagh Support Group will be at the centre of all activity and the focus will be on moving forward into a shared future. Therefore, by creating opportunities for our members to interact socially, this will enhance a range of social skills, and with the overall aim of helping members on their personal journey towards healing and recovery.
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Transgenerational Activities

Omagh Support Group strongly believe that if we are to effectively help our members in their transition and journey of recovery this cannot be done by isolating the individual and only working with them. We need to work with the wider family circle as all have been affected by the trauma. Young people are extremely perceptible and research indicates that trans-generational trauma affects 3 generations. For this reason we believe it is vital we deliver activities that are focused on young people and the family. Within this plan of work is a series of training and development opportunities in areas of active citizenship and peer support, underpinned by activities promoting social interaction and cultural diversity.
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Advocating for Truth & Justice

Omagh Support & Self Help Group is involved with the Historical Enquires Team and the Police Ombudsman and many other state agencies in the pursuit for Truth and Justice for over 13 years. We have firsthand experience of the process involved and the impact that can have on a family, individual and community. We can identify with, relate to and empathise with those who decide to take this journey. It is our goal to assist them in this process by attending meetings, researching, advocating and providing support throughout and after this process is complete.
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Welfare Advice

Many individuals and families affected by the Troubles experience financial difficulties. Our welfare advice service is designed to offer specialist information and advice.
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Counselling Service

Counselling is an opportunity to look at concerns or issues that are creating difficulties in our lives and to explore what we might do to change our lives in a safe and supported environment.

Sometimes it's really good to talk with someone outside the situation. Counselling lets you work through your experiences. The counsellor will listen and help you make sense of things and you will learn new ways to cope or change.
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* Omagh Support & Self Help Group - Omagh Victims Group
Bridge Centre| 5A Holmview Avenue | Omagh | Co. Tyrone | BT79 0AQ
Tel: 028 8225 9877 | Fax: 028 8225 9877
Registered charity number: NI100554
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