Guitar Workshop at Wickford Community Centre

We are very lucky to offer a Guitar workshop every Tuesday, 2-4pm at the Wickford Community Centre. We have a fantastic, enthusiastic and welcoming tutor to guide you.

If you have ever wanted to learn guitar or develop your existing skills, then please contact your Service Coordinator or call us on 01376 316126.

Photo Credit: New York Guitar School

Author: Laura Balerdi
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Winner of two awards at the Phoenix Futures New Year Honours event!

Our inspirational staff and volunteers were recognised at an annual achievement awards on Tuesday 5th of February, as part of the New Years Honours awards, organised by Phoenix Futures, who are our partner charity.

We saw over 100 people attend a heart-warming and joyful ceremony at the St Bride Foundation in London. Staff voted for their colleagues to receive the awards on an online poll, and 12 trophies were presented to individuals and teams for a wide range of categories.

Futures in Mind were very excited to win two out of the four nominations: Unsung Hero award- to the person who works diligently behind the scenes and Partnership award, for their work with Essex Wildlife Trust, using nature to support recovery. Jane Slocombe, Service Manager for Futures in Mind said ‘We are massively proud…Our achievements are down to the dedication and hard work of all the team and volunteers’.

Karen Biggs, Phoenix Futures’ Chief Executive said at the event ‘We give the very best of ourselves to achieve our purpose…We use our inner strength, drive, passion, resilience and optimism, in order to support those who need it most in our communities’.

The event included performances from Running wi’ Scissors, in which ballads about overcoming addiction and personal challenges were sang amongst staff members in a sign of solidarity to shared goals within the organisation.

We are super excited about future plans for Futures in Mind! Well done all.

Below are just some of the photos of the event, including our ‘Unsung Hero’ Astra, Jane, our Service Manager, Jim our Lead Volunteer who works with Essex Wildlife Trust and our brilliant Service Co-ordinators Lyndsay and Annabelle.







Author: Laura Balerdi
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Futures in Mind Celebrates their Second Birthday

Service users, Volunteers and Co-ordinators in and around West Essex, joined forces to celebrate Futures In Mind’s second birthday.

They met in a number of locations, in particular Harlow and Colchester, in order to share success stories over the past two years, as well as eat plenty of cake! The atmosphere was full of cheer and hope for the charity’s future.

Volunteering for us

If you would like to volunteer for us, please get in touch by calling 01376 316126.

We need a variety of volunteers in many different areas, no job is too small and any amount of time you can commit would be greatly appreciated.


A volunteer wishes us happy birthday

Author: Laura Balerdi
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Saffron Walden Women’s group

Meet Penny, Ellie and Claire. These lovely ladies meet every second Thursday morning between 11am and 12.30, at the Temeraire pub in Saffron Walden.

They really want to grow their group even bigger so please get in touch if you would like to join them for a coffee! They said that meeting regularly has been a ‘life saver’ in keeping their mental health stable.

One person in the group recently had a back operation, meaning that she found it hard to get out. Claire their Peer support was able to ensure she kept her routine. They said that the group were now mutual friends and never saw their meet up as a chore, but something as part of their weekly routine to look forward to.

You can find out more about this group in the Peer Led Activities page of the website.

Author: Laura Balerdi
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Christmas Opening hours across the festive season

Please see below the Christmas opening days for Futures in Mind.

We want to make sure we can keep you feeling happy and contented even without us here.

Monday 24th December – Normal Opening Hours

Tuesday 25th December – Closed

Wednesday 26th December – Closed

Thursday 27th December – Normal Opening Hours

Friday 28th December – Normal Opening Hours

Monday 31st December – Normal Opening hours

For emergencies please contact:-

The Samaritans – 116 123

NHS ( non-emergency) – 111

Emergency Services – 999

SANEline – 0300 304 7000 ( 4.30pm – 10.30pm)

Alcoholics Anonymous – 0800 9177 650

Narcotics Anonymous – 0300 999 1212

Author: Laura Balerdi
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Christmas Closure for Tuesday Guitar Group

Unfortunately the ever popular guitar group is now closed for Christmas. However it re-opens on the 8/1/19.

This group runs every Tuesday 2-4pm, by an experienced tutor who supports and teaches all abilities. It is a great way to make new friends, refresh or learn new skills in a fun, relaxed environment.

We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Photo Credit: New York Guitar School



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