Workshops and Groups


Find details below of SMART Recovery Group, BlackChat, Cutting Through the Noise, and LGBTQ+ drop-in sessions led by Birmingham LGBT.

Groups held in the Beale Room, Aston Webb Building (opposite the Student Hub) can be found at R7 on the campus map

SMART Recovery Group

*SMART has now finished for 2023 and will run again from Wed 17th January*

You can also access SMART online via Zoom meetings every Monday from 4:15pm to 5:45pm. These are just for UoB students and to receive the access details, please email from your student email address and she will send you joining instructions.  

You are very welcome to just turn up. If you would like to ask any questions about SMART Recovery, just drop us an email on

You can read more about SMART Recovery and what to expect at the meetings by reading the blog entry 'Getting help with addiction the SMART way'.  


Time to take back control with SMART Recovery at UoB! 

Struggling with addiction? To alcohol, drugs, phones, social media, porn, shopping….or anything that feels like it’s getting in the way of living your life.

SMART stands for Self Management and Recovery Training and is a group programme for anyone who is struggling with addiction. It provides science-based tools and techniques to help people in the 4 main points of SMART recovery – Building and maintaining motivation, Coping with Urges, Managing Thoughts, Feelings and behaviours and Living a Balanced Life.

You can find lots more information on SMART Recovery on their website.

The University has a recovery programme called Better Than Well which also offers support for recovering from addiction. Please visit their website for further details of their work and timetable.


BlackChat is a therapeutic talking group which allows students to engage with each other in a safe space to connect, share, and together find helpful ways to manage mental health & wellbeing whilst at university through group discussions. If you are interested in attending future sessions of Blackchat please email

Cutting Through the Noise

Cutting Through the Noise is a six session group designed specifically to address the experiences of men and mental health.

Cutting Through the Noise will be running in Spring 2024 – please check back nearer the time for more details or email who will be in touch when details are confirmed. 

Grounded Cafe

Grounded Cafe in Selly Oak run a whole range of free wellbeing events and workshops. Please see the link to have a look at what they offer: Events – grounded. (


Are you LGBTQ+ and a student at UoB?

Led by Birmingham LGBT and supported by Umbrella, please feel welcome to drop-in for free sexual health and rapid HIV testing, wellbeing support and signposting. No appointments necessary; this is a drop-in service.

Each session will be held at the Lodge, near North Gate, B15 2SB (off Pritchatts Road).

The sessions will be run on the following dates:

  • Monday 9th October  
  • Monday 30th October
  • Monday 20th November
  • Monday 11th December

You can contact Birmingham LGBT on their website and by calling 0121 643 0821.



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