WLSinfo has a number of support groups, run by volunteers operating throughout the UK.
These groups first started in Liverpool and Leeds seven years ago and have since grown into a lively vibrant network of groups right across the British Isles.
They provide unique peer-led information and support resources, which offer individuals the chance to share their experiences in a safe and friendly environment.
WLSinfo support groups are open to anyone who has had, or considering weight loss surgery, regardless of where you had, or are having your surgery, whether you’re private or NHS funded.
A friendly and supportive group will warmly welcome you, where empathy and a listening ear are guaranteed. You will meet people with whom you can share your journey and identify with - people who truly understand. You will be in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Many of our members report that they have experienced loneliness and isolation. Belonging to a group really helps. The whole process is made easier by sharing.
Each group is autonomous and sets its own agenda. I spoke to some members to see what they get from attending a group. Here are a few examples of what they had to say...
“I like the speakers, in the past we have had a surgeon, a psychologist and a dietitian. Hearing their points of view helped me see things about myself and my journey” - Annie from Central London
“It’s great to see people changing over time and hearing how their lives have improved. I felt a bit strange coming to the first meeting but I needn’t have worried, after 10 minutes I felt like a regular.” - Mary from the Isle of Man.
“At 3 years post op I stopped going to the group for a while and went off track, I started to gain weight and I felt despondent. One of my friends I made at the group encouraged me to return and I’m so glad I did – I’m back on track and feel so much better knowing I have people behind me, giving me a helping hand when I need it the most.” - Sue from Cardiff
“I gained so much information and support from WLSinfo that I decided, with their help to set up a support group in my area. I wanted to give something back. I really enjoy the monthly meetings and it feels great to help others.” - Mike, group co-coordinator in Sussex.
All our groups are held in accessible venues, welcome relatives and friends and are free to attend, although voluntary donations are always gratefully received.
WLSinfo Support Groups make a real difference to the outcome of your weight loss surgery and help you to understand what to expect. You will appreciate the value of information received and meet people who will offer you support and friendship.
Use the following directory to locate your nearest group – If you need help then call our helpline on 0151-222-4737 and leave a message with your contact details and one of our volunteers will get back to you. Alternatively you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cannot find a group in your area, contact Bianca Scollen on email@example.com who will point you in the right direction.
Please check with the group that the meeting is still going ahead before attending.
Location: Wintergarden room, St Martins Hospital, Bath, BA2 5RP
Meeting day: Wed or Thurs Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Frequency: Every 2/3 months
Facilitator: Cheryl Richards
Location: The Princess Grace Hospital 42-52 Nottingham Place London W1U 5NY.
Please go to reception and ask for The Boardroom (which is at 40 Nottingham Place) and a Porter will take you there. Access is not permitted without a Porter.
Meeting day: Saturday Time: 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Frequency: Monthly- Third Saturday
Location: Gartnavel General Hospital, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 0A
Meeting day: Saturday Time: 10.00am - 12 noon.
Frequency: Monthly - Last Saturday
Location: Weetwood Hall Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS
Meeting day: Monday Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Frequency: Monthly - Second Monday
Location: Bridge Chapel Centre, Wilberforce Room, Heath Road, Liverpool, L19 4XR
0151 287 9716
Meeting day: Tuesday Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Frequency: Monthly - Third Tuesday
Location: Brookers Oast Brewers Fayre. The Hop Farm, Beltring, Paddock Wood Tonbridge TN12 6PY
Meeting day: Thursday Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Frequency: Monthly - First Thursday
Location: The Red Lion, Lion Hill, Stone Cross, Pevensey, BN24 5EG
Meeting day: Monday Time: 7pm onwards
Frequency: Monthly - Second Monday
Location: The Mile Oak Pub, Mile Oak Road, Portslade, BN41 2RB
Meeting day: Thursday Time: 7pm onwards
Frequency: Monthly - Third Thursday