New self-help group stages monthly meetings in Brechin

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A NEW local self-help group called “Angus Long Term Conditions Support Groups” (ALTCSG) which was formed in 2009 by the participant’s of a “Challenge Your Conditions Course” in Carnoustie, now holds regular monthly meetings in Brechin Infirmary on the last Thursday of the month.

The group consists of local people who found attending the self management course of great help as they were able to share things about their conditions and life-style in a non-judgmental, understanding, empathetic group, which was out with their family circle.

Members found themselves able to discuss their problems freely and gain ideas from others on how to deal with them on a daily basis and offer the same support to each other in a light-hearted social meeting of new found friends.

Angus Long Term Conditions Support Group’s membership is open to anyone in the Angus area who has at least one long term medical condition, no matter which one, or be a carer of someone who has a long term condition.

The group also has a new website which can be found at and it contains lots of information about local condition specific support groups, national organisations and charities, as well as a signpost links page.

In addition to the website information the group is building a lending library of DVDs, CDs and other hard copy information which is available to members.

Meetings are also held in Arbroath on the last Monday of the month, Carnoustie on the last Wednesday of the month and Forfar on the last Friday of the month,

The next Brechin meeting is on Thursday (today), commencing at 2 pm. For more information visit the website at or e-mail

A spokesman for the group stated: “Currently we have four self-help support groups who meet regularly in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie and Forfar,.

“If you have any typ of long term condition or you care for someone with a long-term condition, check out our calendar to see the next meeting date. You are more than welcome to drop in for a social chat and a cuppa at our next meeting!

“The groups have regular speakers on various subjects, as we feel that good information and communication is important in the self-management of our conditions and the more we know what is available to us,the more we are able to cope with every day life.

“During the group sessions we also have relaxation and seated exercise sessions so there’s maybe something you can take away and enjoy at your leisure which will help you manage a little better.”