Revival Café

The Mind in Bexley Revival Community Music Café is almost ready to open. Over 2 years in the planning,  the Revival café is a dynamic, creative community space which will host special events.

The café is located on the Broadway and we have worked very hard to create a family friendly, eclectic café alternating between making great coffee, serving delicious fresh bites from local farms, the Mind allotment and the carers groups and from spinning vinyl from an eclectic music collection.

The café is a creative hub for Bexley and, as well as being a café, it will enable people recovering from mental health opportunities to gain skills and  work experience.

The café is also an innovative way of signposting  individuals with mental health issues to Mind services. The café which will open 6 days a week Monday – Saturday will also include a sandwich delivery round to the local area.


Grow Well, Feel Well Day

Mind in Bexley Eco-garden, 240a Broadway, Bexleyheath, DA6 8AS.

Saturday 9th July, 10.30am – 2:00 pm

• Workshops including:

• Nutrition and benefits of growing your own

• Make your own herbal tea

• Explore the bug house

• Mindfulness session @12 

Fresh fruit and veg will be available.  Plus hear about our new community café.

All are welcome


Mind in Bexley’s research on young former unaccompanied asylum seeking children in East Kent

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) come to the UK to escape war or persecution in their home countries. They enter the UK Care system but many find that they have limited rights to remain in the UK when they reach adulthood.

This Mind in Bexley project interviewed young people to establish their perspectives on their experiences in the UK with a view to making recommendations for how services could be improved. All but one of the research participants (n=8) have been refused refugee status so find themselves threatened with destitution, detention and deportation. They describe moving from feeling part of the UK, in Care and legally resident, to marginalisation and disentitlement as migrants facing immigration control, detention and deportation. The eight male participants in this study originally came from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka and have lived in the UK between three and eight years.

The interviews reveal their perspectives on their experience in the UK and identify specific threats to their mental health and wellbeing.

These threats are:

• Being an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child and accordingly having suffered the loss of family and home at an early age

• An often-dangerous journey and traumatic experiences in country of birth. 

• Living within the Care and asylum systems in the UK

• Age assessment and asylum seeking processes, especially Immigration appeals, that young people have found confusing and punitive

• Rejection of asylum cases and adult immigration controls which include reporting, detention, destitution and the threat of deportation.

Mental health and wellbeing

• The young people describe their poor mental health and wellbeing detailing how they live with anxiety, loss, sleeplessness and uncertainty about the future.

• They describe feeling unsupported and a lack of on-going treatment and care

• We make recommendations for how services could respond.

To accompany this research, we had produced an oral and visual exhibition and a video has been made by an independent film maker with the young people from the KRAN mentoring project in Canterbury. Along with selections from the interview transcripts and the young people’s artwork, this video will be used in the Exhibition that is an additional output of this project.  Throughout this Project we have begun with the testimony of the young people to foreground their experience and opinions. The interviews were clearly difficult for most of the young people but they were motivated by a desire to improve services and the experiences of new arrivals.

The project will be exhibited at the University of Kent w/c 17TH July.


Low-Cost Counselling

Mind in Bexley are now offering low-cost counselling services for people experiencing mild to moderate Depression and Anxiety. All adults (over 18) registered with a Bexley GP are eligible.

The service is open to individuals who have completed a course of treatment with the Mind in Bexley IAPT service and require extended sessions. The service may also be open to those who do not meet the suitability criteria for the IAPT service.

Low-cost counselling is delivered by qualified and trainee counsellors. The service is available to clients by arrangement in the daytime, evenings and Saturdays (subject to availability); operating from a central hub location at Mind in Bexley

For more information call 0208 303 5816 Option 1, email info@mindinbexley.org.uk or visit the web-page.


Social Prescribing Pilot 

The Social Prescribing Pilot has just reached its initial 15 month term at the end of June  and has been extended for a further nine months until the end of March 2017.  The study is now under evaluation and we are working with Christchurch University to find out the impact on clients that have taken part in the first eight months of the study.

The participants suffer from a wide range of long term conditions (LTC) or they are a carer for a person that meets these criteria. The youngest referred by GP’s was 20 years of age and the oldest client was aged 93.  Unsurprisingly, the mean age of those in the pilot was approximately 77 years old and there were twice as many women involved than men.

In excess of 185 clients are now involved in the study with 82 of these clients forming part of the evaluation which included 49 interviews with clients.  69.4% of these clients had a significant to major impact of being involved during that time and carer’s wellbeing appears to have increased too.  Social isolation is still the main reason for referrals from GP practises.

The evaluation will also be looking at A&E attendance pre and post referral date along with primary care appointments to examine the reviewed cost to the CCG.

 For more information call Jacqui on 0208 303 5816 Option 3


Mind in Bexley’s Alers Road Allotment


Mind in Bexley would Allotment is now open on Mondays and Thursdays.

Through our partnership working with Capital Growth, KEATS from Welling completed a site visit to provide support, looking at how best to manage our one and a half plots. We have lots to do, sowing needs to be done and the weeds are growing. We need to prepare a runner bean trench for planting, sow beetroot, carrots and salad leaves and in our raised bed start sowing cabbages Kale and broccoli. We have finished planting onions and shallot sets. Our first early potatoes are in the ground and our main crop will be planted by the end of the month.

If you would like to volunteer at Mind Open Space please contact pfisher@mindinbexley.org.uk or call 0208 303 8932 Option 1 for our Recovery Service. 


Big Dig Day

Mind in Bexley working in partnership with Capital Growth registered to take part in the Big Dig Day which took place on Saturday 16 April 2016.

We opened the Mind Eco-Garden and invited all to come and help our local community open space, get ready for the new growing season.

It was a great way to meet new people, get some fresh air, tea and coffee was provided to keep us warm as the day was a bit chilly, those who attended enjoy our open space, met the team, help us generally tidy the garden and got involved with developing and planting our flower beds.


Carers Support Service

Mind in Bexley Carers Support service continues to offer 5 different support groups across the Borough in a variety of settings for relatives and friends caring for someone experiencing Mental distress and/or drug and alcohol use. We are delighted to have organised future well-being events over the next 5 months offering free complimentary therapies to Carers helping relieve stress and anxiety relating to the caring role. We recently celebrated Carers week 2016 by holding a social event at Crayford community centre where Carers and students from Bexley college Health and social care course created a collaborative Art piece (The tree of kindness) representing the love and kindness that Carers share.

For more information about all our Carers services please call: Imogen or Andy 020 8303 5816 opt. 7 or alternative please see our web-page.

Oxleas Bexley Adult Community Carer Event.


Mind in Bexley Carers Event for Carers Week


Carers week 2016 Event

A huge thank you to all the Carers who attended Mind in Bexley Carers event 2016 your continued care and support to each other is a shining light whenever we find ourselves in the dark. Thank you to all those who made the day so special by helping us create our tree of kindness (representing Carers love and kindness) and for those who made cakes to share!! They were truly amazing and delicious!

Thank you also to Bexley National Autistic Society for your continued help and support and a huge thank you to Bexley College Health and Social Care students 2015/2016 for creating an art project that both inspired us and made us smile.

Quotes from the day:

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted”

“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have”


Sandie Clarke joins our Advocacy Team

My name is Sandie Clark and I joined Mind in Bexley in April. My role as Mental Health Advocate involves providing advocacy for patients who have been detained under the Mental Health Act across the borough. An important part of my job is empowering patients to speak up for themselves, which is satisfying to witness as the advocacy relationship develops. My background is one of medical administration and I completed the BSc Psychology degree whilst working as a Genetic Research Project Support Officer at Guy’s Hospital. Following a volunteer role in the Recovery Service at Mind in Bexley and a Support Worker post for adults with learning disabilities, I decided to change my field of work to one in mental health and look forward to the challenges my new role brings.     


Mental Health Surgery

Mind in Bexley are running a Mental Health Surgery every week from Tuesday 19th July, it will be from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Lakeside Medical Practice, Yarnton Way, London SE2 9LH

For more details please contact:

Sue White on 0208 303 8932 Option 1


Beat Project

Free Exercises and Support for Bexley Residents

Beat offers Bexley residents who are at risk of type 2 diabetes one free exercise class per week until September 2017. There are many activities to choose from including dance, swimming, badminton and more!
*To join you must be inactive and have at least one of the following risk factors: 

• BMI <25

• High blood pressure

• Over 40

• Live in the north of the borough

To find out more about the project and whether you can join please telephone 020 3457 1965 or email intothebeat@bexley.gov.uk

Beat is also looking for active adults who can volunteer as mentors or buddies, if you would like to train to become an excellent mentor/ buddy and believe you can make a positive difference to others please get in touch. Read more about our current volunteers here.

Watch Beat Peer Support-Barbara and Joanna having fun at Danson Park!