Fi is a wellbeing practitioner and trainee coach, with over twenty-years experience working alongside people experiencing difficult life situations. Her career includes two years as a bibliotherapist in libraries and high schools, two years as a counsellor with Relate, and ten years in nursing and specialist liaison work around loss and change.
Fi is also a practising artist and writer with an interest in medical humanities and neurodiversity. She has an MA in Creative Writing and her published work includes case studies on group facilitation. Fi Bailey set up Write To Be Known (WTBK) in 2019 to reduce isolation and tackle stigma through reading and writing for wellbeing groups.
The writing groups can benefit anyone who would like to increase their mental wellbeing in a group setting, and would enjoy space and time to write creatively. There’s no pressure to ever share your work, nor critique any of the reading material, its purpose is just to introduce themes and start conversations; and you don’t need to prepare anything, or bring anything with you.
You don’t need to attend every session, there will often be a mix of familiar faces and first-timers when we meet.
Writing groups have proved beneficial to people having individual counselling, ending individual counselling, or exploring issues which they may later take to individual counselling. The space within the group is not intended to replace a counselling space and the facilitator’s role is a non-counselling role.
Previous group participants say:
(The group’s) given me tools to use, instead of turning to self-sabotaging behaviour
I’ve rediscovered my love of poetry & writing. It’s motivated me to write more
The groups provide a space to write and talk – and a structured approach to writing that takes the fear away
The session provided interesting prompts that have challenged my creativity
To book a place on the next Wednesday evening group at the next chapter please contact Fi at firstname.lastname@example.org