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Join our Research Focus Group: COVID-19 recovery research

If you are a facilitator or attendee of a creative writing for wellbeing group - currently or pre-COVID- we would like to hear from you!

Lapidus International is working with Professor Tony Wall at the University of Chester on a new research project that looks at the changes in provision of creative writing for wellbeing groups in England during COVID-19.

Examples of groups that fit into this category are:


words for wellbeing, writing groups, poetry therapy, therapeutic writing, writing for health, journaling, story, life writing and autobiography, social prescribing groups.

Across the first few weeks of July (up to the 17th), we will be running a series of focus groups where attendees will be asked a series of questions about how Covid-19 has affected their practice, or ability to attend events of this type.

Due to the nature of this research, we are looking for focus group participants who are from specific regions of England only (see the form below).

We will also be running a free event after this research is complete to encourage networking and sharing in the therapeutic words community. If you join in with our focus group, we’d love to invite you to that event too.


If you’d like to sign up to one of our focus groups (list of locations and times below), please fill in the form by clicking on this button:



Below is the list of locations in England, and the date and time of the focus groups (note: some have yet to be set, but please don't let that stop you from signing up!).

Cheshire & Wirral

Focus Group: 13th July, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Liverpool & Merseyside, Knowsley, Sefton, St. Helens

Focus Group: 14th July, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Lancashire -Barrow-in-F, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Copeland, Lancaster, Wyre

Focus Group: 15th July, 11:00am to 12:30pm

North Manchester- Bolton, Burnley, Hyndburn, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Wigan

Focus Group: 15th July, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Manchester Central & South- Manchester, Salford, Stockport

Focus Group: 17th July, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Sheffield & South Yorkshire- Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield

Focus Group: 16th July, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Leeds, Bradford & West Yorkshire

Focus Group: 15th July, 10:30pm to 12:00pm

Hull & East Yorkshire- East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull (City of)

Focus Group: TBC

Birmingham & Western Midlands, Stoke-on-Trent 

Focus Group: 15th July, 10:00am to 11:30am

East Midlands - Derby, East Lindsey, North east Lincolnshire, Chesterfield, Leicester

Focus Group: 15th July, 12:15pm to 13:45pm

North East- County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle

Focus Group: 16th July, 10:00am to 11:30am


Focus Group: 13th July, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Oxford & South East- Brighton and Hove, Medway, Oxford, Swale

Focus Group: 10th July, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Bristol (City of)

Focus Group: 17th July, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

South West - Plymouth, Etc.

Focus Group: 14th July, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


East Anglia

Focus Group: 15th July, 2:00pm to 3:30pm



Thank you for helping us with this important research!

Sign up to a focus group:


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