York - Seek Solace OCD Support Group - Due to COVID-19, the group is now meeting on an alternative online format (Skype, Zoom & Facebook messenger), new members welcome so please get in touch with the facilitators (see below)

Tesco's Meeting Room
Tadcaster Road
Askham Bar
YO24 1LW
United Kingdom
Meeting Times: 
One Friday per month
Who can attend: 
  • People with OCD
  • Parents
  • Carers
  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Professionals
  • Minimum age 18


Contact Details: 


Tel: 07599784023

Email: rachelebailey1990@gmail.com


Tel: 077024 21770

If we cannot answer at the time of the call, please send a text message.


Social Media: Please request to join our closed Facebook group to receive updates about meetings . Search Seek Solace OCD Support, York, on Facebook. 

York - Seek Solace OCD Support Group - Due to COVID-19, the group is now meeting on an alternative online format (Skype, Zoom & Facebook messenger), new members welcome so please get in touch with the facilitators 


Group Information:

This is a brand new group in York for people with OCD and others affected by it. Once the group is up and running, I hope to invite guest speakers to the group.
Tesco kindly offer teas, coffees and juices as part of their service, but I will of course strive to provide alternatives if necessary.
During my battle with OCD, I have accumulated extensive literature on CBT for OCD, which I can bring along to group sessions and go through with you.
Please be reassured that your first visit will be anything but scary!! The group setting is very discreet- the Community Room we use is located upstairs at the back of the Clothing Department in Tesco, so it is easy to just slip away into our friendly group under the guise of shopping!!
Any revelations you make will be totally confidential and you can say as much or as little as you like.
I am friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and most of all I am here to help you!  I will be reachable between sessions on my mobile if you are struggling.                                                                                           

We occasionally organise social events as a group too.

Directions to the Venue:

  • Tesco's is located at the top end of Tadcaster Road, directly opposite York Technical College
  • Park and Ride is directly outside and there are other regular bus services also
  • Parking is free for the time of the meeting

Suggested donation:

Donations taken (of whatever people can afford)

Meeting Times:

Support group meetings are normally held on the last Wednesday of every month, from 7:30pm-8:30pm, at Tescos Askham Bar Community Room, York. However, this is not 'set-in-stone' and may change. Please do check with us before you turn up! As the meeting is held within Tescos, parking is free. 

About the facilitators:

Matty - Co-Facilitator and Registered Mental Health Nurse

Hi, I'm Matty. I'm 31 and a newly qualified mental health nurse. I like to laugh with my mates, have deep conversations and eat good food. My OCD first came around when I was 17. For the next 7 years I kept thinking I would kill everyone who was closest to me. I was also obsessional about existential stuff, relationship stuff and loads of other horrible stuff. Now I aim to keep my focus on recovery and on building strong mental health. I think we still have a long way to go in regards to moving the conversation towards "growing-out" of this disorder, rather than just managing it. I am passionate about spreading this message and living a life full of health and positivity.

Rachel - Facilitator and Founder 

Hi, I'm Rachel and I facilitate the York group for OCD. In 2015, I recognised a relative lack of peer support for people dealing with OCD in York . In response to this need, I founded Seek Solace OCD Support, York. In my capacity as lead facilitator, I support OCD Action in their mission to help sufferers become less isolated and better understood. Matty and I strive to create an inclusive, non-judgemental atmosphere where members can talk freely about any concerns (i.e., including Pure O and intrusive thoughts) and still feel a valued part of the group. Like Matty, I also have personal experience of OCD and am working towards a career in the helping professions. I am due to graduate this November with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology with Counselling and my ultimate goal is to become a mental health advocate, CBT therapist, or similar.

Dates for 2020: