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The Pain Café Posted or Updated on 23 Feb 2024

  • Group activities
  • Peer support
  • Mindfullness
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Guest speakers
  • A safe space

A platform for people to connect, learn and share experiences about living with chronic pain.

For more information contact livingwell.darlington@nhs.net 

PHD Pain Cafés 

We all know Cafés are informal spaces where people can pop in, get some sustenance, and chat with people around them. Pain Cafés are the same with a focus on talking about our experience of pain and how we manage it. It is a chance to talk about pain and lots of other things – we are not defined by our pain.

We can share ideas, develop new tools to help other people understand our experience and just chat about everyday life. 

Cafés are supported by;

Baristas – people who have training and knowledge about pain (like making coffee).

Menus - of activities and strategies to wet your appetite.

Come-and-go atmosphere

Lots of relevant conversations with some banter and fun thrown in.

The Cafés will meet every week to offer everyone across Darlington the chance to meet, share, and develop skills and methods of managing pain, sharing experiences, and helping other people understand what it can feel like.

We can improve experience education and environments to help us all and those around us.

Who's invited?

Anyone living with pain in the area. The baristas have been trained in the 10 Footsteps and welcome anyone. These groups should grow organically by word-of-mouth.

How often do you meet?

We aim to meet weekly to start with and assess the demand. 

Where do we meet?

Tuesday Mornings 10.30am to 12pm 

EDGE Centre
Darlington Baptist Church
Corporation Road
Darlington
DL3 6AR

Thursday Mornings 10.30am to 12pm

Firthmoor Community Centre
Maidendale House
Burnside Road
Darlington
DL1 4SU 

Is it free?

Yes! Until we have built numbers up and to get the cafés running. You might want to buy some coffee and a cake though.

We may ask for a small donation for any activities we put on.

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