Birmingham - West Midlands OCD Support Group

Carrs Lane Church Centre
Carrs Lane
B4 7SX
United Kingdom
Meeting Times: 
2.30pm – 4.45pm
Third Saturday of the month
Who can attend: 
  • People with OCD Issues
  • Family members
  • Carers
  • Friends
  • Professionals
  • Minimum age 18 (We are prepared to take young people from the age of 16 if they are accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of eighteen after an initial consultation with the group's Chairperson/Vice Chairperson)
Contact Details: 

John Hinckes   

Tel: 07977 591081

Website :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Group Information:


The Group was formed in 1999 by a Consultant Psychiatrist and an OCD Sufferer following an OCD Action Conference held in London as it was recognised that there were no such Support Groups in the West Midlands and the Group has been growing strong since.The meetings are open to people with OCD, their Carers, Families, Friends and Mental Health Professionals.


We are an Informal User-Led Group of Volunteer Carers and OCD Sufferers (established in 1999) who offer a friendly welcome to all who have an interest in OCD and its related disorders and aim to help each other through mutual support and information. We recognise the importance of Support Groups in their role alongside treatment in recovery from and the management of your OCD, within a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment, where you can talk openly about your OCD, as well as giving support and encouraging others. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits are provided at each meeting.

In some meetings we have Guest Speakers on OCD issues, others we have Open Discussion Meetings, where everyone has the opportunity to share any problems or experiences in managing their OCD symptoms. We never put anyone “on the spot” and Visitors are welcome to take part as much or as little as they feel comfortable with, at a pace to suit everyone. However, the maximum benefit may be gained from actively taking part in discussion. We aim to facilitate Group and one to one discussion on OCD related symptoms. There are normally about 20 to 30 people at each meeting, some are regulars and others just attend occasionally. The meetings are open to Mental Health Professionals, OCD Sufferers over the age of 18 years and their Carers, Families and Friends.
The Group is currently working on their own “Closed Group” Facebook Page, where Members can post messages to others in confidence.
Unfortunately, due to the size of room and number of people attending, we normally occupy an upstairs room which does not have disabled access.  All that we ask is that those present adhere to our Meeting Guidelines with regard to Confidentiality, Politeness, understanding and Respect towards others.

Statement: I state that there is no conflict of interest and confirm that there is no fee to attend the Group (other than a small amount towards room hire) and that our Support Group does not promote any commercial therapy or counselling services affiliated with the Group facilitator/s and that no attempt is made to recruit patients that attend the Support Group for any private commercial service offered by the facilitator/s.

Direction to the Venue:

Meetings are held are Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX

Carrs Lane Church Centre is a Modern Building just a few minutes’ walk from New Street Railway Station, National Express Coach Station Deritend and across the road from Moor Street Railway Station. It is located opposite the rear entrance to Marks and Spencer’s Store.

It can be reached by most City Centre Bus Routes, the closest being those which terminate along Carrs Lane and Moore Street Queensway.

There are a number of City Centre Car Parks, the nearest are: Selfridges, Moor Street. Albert Street and Dale End.

Location Map can be downloaded from our website.


There is a meetings entrance cost currently at £2.00 per person, which goes towards the room hire charges, this fee is waivered for first time visitors.

Dates for 2018: