Peer led activities

Our community groups and activities are open to adults 18+ who would like to meet others on their journey of recovery from mental ill health and/or substance/alcohol misuse. We want you to feel included in friendly, sociable activities and events, at the groups you can talk through any difficulties you have and socialise with people who will be empathetic and supportive.

The Volunteers who run these activities and groups are all people who have been affected by mental ill health and/or substance/alcohol misuse and provide a friendly welcome and give support to others.

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Foodcycle - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Trinity Church, Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1NJ

Mondays 12-2pm Come along to meet people and have lunch. For more information call 01376 316216

Welcome Café Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Quaker Meeting House, Colchester

Fridays 1-3pm
01206 764600
Staffed

Welcome Café Clacton - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Salvation Army Café, 103 Old Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1HN

Mondays 2-4pm
01206 764600 Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information cal 01376 312126.

Pool and chat Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Mondays 2-4pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Brunch with friends Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Saffron Walden Baptist Church, Saffron Walden, CB10

Tuesdays 10am-12pm 
cost: £1.20
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Coffee and Chat Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton, IG10 1RB

Tuesdays 10am-12pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Welcome Café Brightlingsea - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea, CO7 0LG

Tuesdays 11am-12.30pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information cal 01376 312126.

Welcome Café and Arts Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins United Reform Church,New St, Great Dunmow CM6 1BH

Wednesdays 10am-12pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Women’s group Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Temeraire, Saffron Walden, 55 High St, Saffron Walden CB10 1AA

Alternate Thursdays 10am-12pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Coffee and Chat Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Sun Street Café, 11 Sun St, Waltham Abbey EN9 1ER

Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Welcome Café Manningtree - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Crown, 51-53 High Street, Manngingtree, CO11 1AH

Thursdays 11am - 12pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information cal 01376 312126.

Welcome Café Harwich - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Park Pavilion, Barrack Lane, Harwich, CO12 3NS

Thursdays 12.30pm-2pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 312126.

Butterflies with Barnardo's (Parent's Group) - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Ormiston Centre, School Road, Monkwick, Colchester, CO2 8NN Wednesday 1.30-2.30pm A chance to meet others and have a chat. Bring your children along for a play at the same time. You can also call 01376 316 216 or 01206 578978 for more information.
Welcome Cafe Chelmsford Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Quaker Meeting House, 114 Rainsford Rd, Chelmsford CM1 2QL
Wednesday
1pm - 3pm
Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 312126.
Welcome Cafe Braintree Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins First Stop Centre, 29 Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9AE

Tuesday 2pm-4pm
Come along and find out more about our service and make a self-referral, pop in for a cuppa or chat to staff and volunteers. Take part in activities and crafts. Call 01376 316126 for more information.

Welcome Cafe Rochford - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins 82 West Street, Rochford, SS4 1AS

Tuesday 1-3pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 312126.

Welcome Cafe Brentwood - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Brentwood Library, New Rd, Brentwood CM14 4BP

Wednesday 1.30-4pm Come along for a cuppa, peer support, chat with volunteer/staff, play games, knitting, crocheting and to find out more about other activities and support we have to offer and make a self referral. For more information call 01376 316126.

Welcome Café Colchester - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High St, Colchester

First Saturday of the month 10-11am Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 312126.

Approved Welcome Café Chelmsford Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Chelmsford Catherdral, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1EH Tea, coffee (£1) and scones (60p) 1st Saturday of every month This is an approved Futures in Mind Cafe, pop along for a cuppa and a chat.  
Welcome Cafe Laindon (Closed until 2nd October) - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Motivated Minds-Happy Hub, Laindon shopping centre, Laindon, SS15 5TF

Tuesdays 10-12pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 312126.

Young People's Welcome Cafe (ages 18-30) Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins FirstSite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH First and Third Tuesday in a month 2-4pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 316126.
CRC Multi agency drop in - Referral not needed Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins St Martin’s Church Hall, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DX 1st Thursday of every month 10am-12pm Drop in for a cuppa and chat. Find out more about what Futures in Mind have to offer. Opportunity to meet other agencies and find out what support you can receive.
Welcome Café - Starting September Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins St Andrews Church, Personage Street, Halstead, CO9 2LD First Wednesday of the month 10-12pm enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you are interested in attending. You can also call 01376 316126
Open Space Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins WithamURC Church, 90 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 1AH

Second Tuesday of the month 10-12pm enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you are interested in attending. You can also call 01376 316126

Welcome Café - Maldon Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Octagon, St Mary’s Church, Maldon, CM9 5HP

First Monday of the month 10am-11am. Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information call 01376 312126.

Welcome Café - South Woodham Ferrers Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins South Woodham Ferrers Library, Trinity Square, CM3 5JU

4th Wednesday of the month, 10am-12pm. A chance to meet others and have a chat. Bring your children along for a play at the same time. You can also call 01376 316 216 for more information.

Badminton Sports Leisurezone, Second Ave, Harlow CM20 3DT

Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Football Project Colchester - Referral needed Sports Leisureworld, Colchester

Every Thursday 3.30-4.30pm
Please email fim.enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you are interested in attending. You can also call 01376 316126.

Boxing and Fitness Colchester - Referral only Sports Adrenalyze Leisure, 259 Greenstead Road, Colchester CO1 2SJ

Friday 9.30am-10.30am fim.enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you are interested in attending. You can also call 01376 316126

Box fit - Referral only Sports A Tribe Called Sweat, 16 Russell Way, Chelmsford CM1 3AA

Mondays 11am Transport provided from Chelmsford and Braintree. Please email fim.enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you would like to attend. Call 01376 316126 for more information.

General Fitness and Circuit Training - Referral only Sports 16 Russell Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3AA

Wednesdays 10.30am – 11.30am Transport provided from Chelmsford and Braintree. Please email fim.enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you would like to attend. Call 01376 316126 for more information.

Boxing Clacton - Referral only Sports Unit 1, Pump Hill, St Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea, CO16 8HE

Thursdays 9-10.30am Please email fim.enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if your are interested in attending. You can also call 01376 316126.

Guitar Group - Referral only - On hold until 11th September Arts, Crafts & Music Wickford Community Centre, Silva Island Way, Wickford SS12 9NR Tuesdays 2-4pm Experienced tutor supports and teaches all abilities with varying degrees of experience. Make new friends, refresh or learn new skills in a fun, relaxed environment. Guitars supplied. Please email enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator or call 01376 316126.
Music, art and craft Arts, Crafts & Music The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Tuesdays 2-4pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Crafty group Arts, Crafts & Music West Maldon Community Centre Sunbury Way Maldon Essex CM9 6YH

Last Thursday of the month 10am-12pm
01206 764600
Staffed

Craft Group Arts, Crafts & Music The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Fridays 12-2pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Welcome Café Colchester, Crafts and Art withing the cafe - Referral not needed Arts, Crafts & Music,Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Friends Meeting House, 6 Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF

Fridays 1.00pm-3.00pm Come along to find out more about our service and make a self-referral, or just pop in for a cuppa, chat to staff and volunteers. For more information cal 01376 312126.

Craft and social group Arts, Crafts & Music,Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Saturdays 11am-1pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Peer led reading Reading Groups The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Tuesdays 10am-12pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Discuss the day’s papers Reading Groups The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Wednesdays 1-4pm
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Reading Group Reading Groups Chelmsford Library, County Hall, Market Rd, Chelmsford CM1 1QH

Tuesdays 11-1pm fim.enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk

Family Support group Others The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Last Thursday of each month 10-12pm
lois.sparkes@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed. 

Breakfast Club (Specialist Psychosis Team) - Referral only Others,Welcome Cafe's and Drop ins Wetherspoons, Colchester Every Thursday morning 9.30-11.30am Please contact your coordinator for a referral.
The Harlow Allotment Outdoors The Wellbeing Centre, Bushfair, CM18 6NZ

Mondays 12-2pm
Meet at The Wellbeing Centre
martin.baker@futuresinmind.org.uk
Peer volunteer staffed

Walk and Talk Harwich - Referral not needed Outdoors Churchill Court, Parkeston Rd, Harwich CO12 4NU

First Tuesday of the month at 10am
Meet at: Churchill Court, Parkeston rd. Walk along river to Castle Park and back
Come along to have a relaxed walk and talk to others, and enjoy some fresh air and gentle exercise. For more information please call 01376 316126.

Walk and Talk - Colchester - Referral not needed Outdoors Tesco, Greenstead Rd, Colchester CO1 2TE

First Tuesday of the month at 2pm
Meet at: Hythe Tesco car park. Walk along river to Castle Park and back
Come along to have a relaxed walk and talk to others, and enjoy some fresh air and gentle exercise. For more information please call 01376 316126

Walk and Talk Clacton - Referral not needed Outdoors Clacton Pier, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QX

First Friday of the month 10am
Meet at  Clacton Pier - Walt to Holland on Sea or Jaywick and back
Come along to have a relaxed walk and talk to others, and enjoy some fresh air and gentle exercise. For more information please call 01376 316126.

Wildlife Trust - Referral only Outdoors Langdon Nature Reserve/Third Av, Basildon SS16 6EB

Wednesday and Fridays 10-2.30pm
Enjoy being outdoors, making new friends, building peer support, learning new skills or working on existing skills? Coppicing, building & erecting fences, digging planting and much more. Opportunity to work towards a John Muir Conservation award. Please email enquiries@futuresinmind.org.uk or talk to your coordinator if you are interested in attending. Alternatively cal 01376 316126.

Essex Wildlife Trust Project Outdoors Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, C05 7RZ

Dates:

  • Thursday 20th September 
  • Thursday 11th October
  • Thursday 15th November
  • Thursday 13th December 

Come along for a day outdoors helping the Essex Wildlife Trust maintain their head site.

Please talk to your coordinator if you are interested in attending. You can also call 01376 316216 for more information.

Free mini bus going from Quaker Meeting House, Colchester

Colchester Allotment Outdoors Colchester CO1 1YH Allotment project 10am – 12pm Meet at open road – Colchester for 9.45 or at the allotment for 10am Allotment is at the back of leisure world. Bring your own drinks as not provided. Suitable clothing for digging and getting dirty

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