Pause drop-in sessions



Current service announcement

Please note that during the current national lockdown period, Pause@UoB are continuing to offer a telephone support service, please see information below. We hope to return to face-to-face services as soon as we are able to. We will keep this page updated. 


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Need a space to talk about your feelings? Pause@UoB is here for you, providing a listening ear and offering space to explore any issues that may be causing you worries. 

Pause@UoB is a drop-in service, that was originally in The Library Lounge, and is now providing support both virtual face to face through Zoom, and through phone support. You can talk to us, wherever you are in the world. 

Available up to your 25th birthday, you can talk to one of our friendly team of qualified therapists, practitioners and trained volunteers.

The service is available Monday - Friday, 10:00 – 17:00. You can register here.



Group Work Programme - Spring 2021 (PDF - 1.01MB)

Wellbeing Boost with Pause@UoB

Have you been feeling anxious, low in mood or concerned about your mental health recently? Maybe you have been struggling for a while.

This session will provide you with an awareness of some common mental health challenges. You will learn how to check your own wellbeing and where to go if you need more support.  

For session dates and to sign up, visit Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Mind Craft 2.0 with Pause@UoB

This session will offer you a brief insight into the practice of Mindfulness. It will focus on why and when we can use Mindfulness to support good mental health in addition to tackling some myths associated with it. We will also practice two Mindfulness exercises which can be used at home (or indeed anywhere!) to help develop your own practice. 

For session dates and to sign up, visit Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Let's Read Together with Pause@UoB

Taking time out to read together, whether that be short stories or poems, is something we don’t often do, and positive benefits of doing this are often overlooked. Designed in collaboration with the Birmingham International Academy, this session is tailored for international students as an opportunity to connect with others and help develop your spoken English language. 

For session dates and to sign up, visit Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Resilience Tree with Pause@UoB

A creative workshop where students get to draw their own 'Resilience Tree', to help recognise their strengths, wishes and goals and increase their emotional resilience. You do not need any art skills to join in!

For session dates and to sign up, visit Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Fuel your Fire with Pause@UoB

An informative workshop aimed at improving wellbeing by looking at energy. Relying on tools to manage energy levels, particularly when life gets tough and practical ways to support an improved lifestyle with enhanced wellbeing. A pen and some paper needed. 

For session dates and to sign up, visit Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

State of Balance with Pause@UoB

Reflect on principles, actions and mindsets that you can integrate into your life that help you feel emotionally satisfied and balanced in your life. All you need is a notebook and pen.

For session dates and to sign up, visit Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link before the event. 

Craftivist with Pause@UoB


Enjoy getting creative? Pause@UoB’s in house artists are here to offer you an escape from reality with this craft workshop. It’s time to stop.create.relax. If you are based in the UK and would like to request a free craft pack and craftivist instructions, please send your full address to  with 'Craft Pack' in the subject box. You can sign up to the workshop via Eventbrite

Meet the team

Jane Thakoordin 

jane - Pause team memeber

Jane is Service Manager at Pause@UoB. Jane’s background is in social work and art therapies and has managed mental services across the city.  She has always been committed to ensuring people receive the best quality services and help, and is passionate about creativity and recovery.

Jacqueline Maloney 


Jacqueline is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, she has a strong background in mental health and care, and has worked in a variety of settings since 2005, including disability and empowerment, addiction and concurrent disorders, violence against women,  dementia and long-term care. Jacqueline’s interests include counselling, she enjoys helping people unpack their experience and interpretation of things and find ways to better navigate the world.

Rebekah Woodhouse 

Rebekah - Pause team memeber

Rebekah is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, she enjoys meeting and supporting students and hearing about their studies. Rebekah is also interested in spirituality's impact on emotional wellbeing, as well as the effect of cross-cultural transitions.

Ellyse Rafferty 

ellyse - Pause team member

Ellyse is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause, her interests are making mental health as much of a priority as physical health and suicide prevention. In her spare time Ellyse also enjoys crocheting.

Alice Miller 

Alice Pause team member

Alice is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause,  she enjoys meeting new students and hearing about their university experiences. Alice is an advocate for ensuring that everyone has access to the appropriate support, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

Zarina Hayes


Zarina is a Wellbeing Practitioner at Pause she has a background in Youth Work and is a qualified Play Therapist. She is very passionate about her work empowering students to make informed decisions and positive changes in their lives and promoting creative ways of doing this. She enjoys nature and being outdoors.

Naomi Thompson 

Naomi is the Clinical Team Manager with Pause @UoB and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in mental health services to the team. She thinks it’s really important that whilst we try to maintain positive mental health, that we also consider our physical health and how we treat our bodies. She is  particularly interested in how our diet and physical activities can affect our mood and wellbeing, and promoting awareness of how the food and substances we put into our body can also affect our thoughts and feelings.

More about Forward Thinking Birmingham

Forward Thinking Birmingham is the provider of mental health services for people up to the age of 25 in Birmingham.  The service offers support, care and treatment, making it easier for you to access the right support at the right time.  It is a partnership of organisations that have come together to support children, young people and families in Birmingham, and also works closely with the voluntary and community sector.

More about The Children's Society

The Children’s Society changes the lives of the country’s most disadvantaged children and teenagers by delivering frontline support services and campaigning for change. It works closely with a wide range of community and voluntary organisations to tackle poverty and neglect and is a lead researcher in the field of children’s emotional well-being.




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