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Sign up for the Queen Mary Independent Students Support Group

The Advice and Counselling Service are providing an Independent Students Support Group which will start in semester 2 (from 25 January 2022) so there is still time to join if you are interested.

  • Are you care experienced or estranged from family and studying without family support?
  • Do you feel that others struggle to understand your situation?
  • Do you feel independent yet also isolated at times?
  • Do practical and/or emotional issues sometimes affect your studies?
  • Do you try to manage everything on your own?
  • Would you like a safe space where you can talk to others with similar experiences?

Who is the group for?

If you are care-experienced or estranged from family and you would like a safe, confidential space to talk to others with similar experiences this group is for you.

What is the group?

Independent students, who study without family support, can sometimes feel isolated. Support groups, in which members both give and receive support, can help participants to feel more connected and more resilient. We will provide a confidential, facilitated space where students can share the challenges of university life, listen and support each other.


This group is provided by the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service for Queen Mary students who are care experienced and/or estranged. The group will be facilitated by Ben Priest, Counsellor and Jill Belnikoff, Welfare Adviser and will take place online.

The group will run for twelve weekly sessions on Tuesdays at 10-11am from Tuesday 25 January until Tuesday 19 April 2022 (no session on Tuesday 12 April) on MS Teams, with a maximum of eight participants. You are expected to attend all twelve sessions and we will need you to attend a 30 minute individual appointment before you join the group. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

How to sign up

If you would like to join the group please complete this short form.

The facilitators will then be in touch shortly to arrange an appointment with you.



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