Thursday Self Help Group

B.1.617.2 so called "delta variant" symptoms.

Official NHS guidance is still continuous cough/fever/loss of taste/smell. However there is a large body of evidence growing that the symptoms for B.1.617.2 are different according to the ZOE symptom tracker run by Imperial College London and resemble a cold. See if you are unwell please at the very least take a lateral flow test, stay away or take a PCR test.

Headache, runny nose or sore throat = do not attend

Drop in face to face sessions 10am-12pm every Thursday throughout July 2021 Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, S1 2EW. 18+ only.

Room capacity has been increased so we can now offer drop in face to face sessions without booking and without a high risk of turning people away. There is a room capacity and it's around 11-12 members and is a first come first served basis. The highest number of members we've had since April is 7 and 6 another week. All other weeks have been 3 or 4 members.

By attending you are agreeing to

  • do a referral form as soon as possible, preferably before the session which you can do by downloading a referral form here and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • wear a face covering and inform us in advance if you cannot wear one and show the venue exemption status.
  • do your best to stick to rules imposed by the venue such as distancing. 
  • sign in to track and trace using a QR code at reception or fill it out manually.
  • not attend if unwell


These meetings are face to face in the city centre at Quaker Meeting House. The rooms are well ventilated, if you come to a session it is advised to wear extra clothing or bring a blanket. We need the cooperation of all members to make it as safe as possible so sessions never stop again. These have run for several weeks already.

All chairs will be 1.5 metres apart (picture is 2 metres apart), If you cannot wear a face covering please inform us in advance. It is strongly advised to wear face coverings - we believe this and ventilation reduce aerosol transmission by about 70% allowing us to run sessions. The venue will ask for evidence of exemption on entry. 

Please be respectful of other members and of volunteers, they are volunteers and they do not make the 'rules' that is imposed by the venue and mostly as a result of government laws.

Tea and coffee, usually at 11am, are £1 to be paid in cash to the venue if you would like one during the break.


Meeting Topic Capacity
Thursday 17th June  Uncertainty  8 members 
Thursday 1st July  Disclosure (open/drop-in 1.5m distancing and masks) 11 members 
Thursday 8th July To be confirmed 11 members
Thursday 15th July To be confirmed 11 members
Thursday 22nd July To be confirmed Subject to government review on 19th July


" I just wanted to say that yesterday's face to face meeting was fabulous. The facilitators were very knowledgeable and helpful, as was the input from my peers.

Yesterday's focus was perfect for me and it helped me immensely. I can not thank you enough. I look forward to all future sessions." new member.


Some of our members will not yet have been vaccinated. In Sheffield on 23rd June, 73.4% of over 18s had received one vaccination and 53.0% two vaccinations.

The NHS app from 17th May will allow users who've had both vaccinations to show covid status. Members are free to use the app to show to other members or volunteers they have been vaccinated if they wish.