Recovery College Groups

GROUP1Weekly on-going Groups

For registered Recovery College Clients there is need to pre-book! Just come along!

The following groups run at the same time each week throughout the year at our Devonshire Road venue.

Recovery College Prospectus Winter 2016 / 2017 PDF

Recovery College Weekly Groups Timetable

creative writingMind in Bexley’s creative writing group meets every Friday afternoon. Pen and paper are supplied.If you want to write a story, read a story, play word-games and experience gentle learning and have fun within a group of like-minded people then you are welcome to come along and join us where you can increase your word power and broaden your horizons at your own pace.

Dates: Fridays
Times: 12:15 – 14:15
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

film clubEvery week this group meets at Devonshire Road to watch a film which has been agreed by the group on the previous week.

Dates: Wednesdays
Times: 14:00 – 16:30 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

relaxationAimed at all levels, this is a gentle introduction to cardiovascular exercise to improve general fitness.
A period of relaxation is held towards the end of the session which many find useful to de-stress

£1 per session

Dates: Wednesdays
Times: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Venue: John Vianney Church, Heathfield Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 8NP

keep fitKickboxing is a great workout that is easy to pick up and quickly feel right at home.
It quickly builds your cardiovascular endurance and enables you to burn a high amount of calories.
£3 per session (unwaged)
£5 per session (waged)

Dates: Tuesdays
Times: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

Mixed social group The Mixed Social Group meets every other week at Devonshire Road for refreshments and to chat in a supportive atmosphere.

Dates: Saturdays
Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

hearing voicesA series of workshops for people who experience hearing voices or seeing visions. These supportive workshops provide an opportunity to exchange information and learn from each other.
The workshop is open to those who have experience of hearing voices or seeing visions whether past or present.

Dates: Tuesdays
Times: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

Learning to relax can help reduce stress and improve concentration along with many other health benefits. This group will explore and practise different relaxation techniques.


Practicing relaxation techniques can:
• Slow your heart rate.
• Lower your blood pressure.
• Reduce muscle tension and chronic pain.
• Improve concentration and mood.

Dates: Tuesdays
Times: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

social inclusionThis self- supporting well-being group meets at Devonshire Road for refreshments and a chat in a supportive atmosphere.

It allows the opportunity to gain information through the Mind recovery team of new services provided by Mind in Bexley throughout the year.  A minimum of four guest speakers will be invited to provide information on a range of subjects.

Dates: Wednesdays
Times: 13-00– 14:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

SE Asian group crop
Providing support for Vietnamese and Chinese residents to engage in community activities in order to reduce isolation and improve well-being.

To receive culturally specific one to one peer group support.

To gain access to Welfare Rights, Advocacy and other specialist support services connected to Mind in Bexley services that help to improve quality of life.

Dates: Thursdays
Times: 10:00 am – 13:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

Tai-Chi-smTai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
£1 per session

Dates: Tuesdays
Times: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

walking-hiking-stickman-stick-figure-matchstick-manWalking is a free, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that, combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilised stress buster.
This group meets every Wednesday at our Devonshire Road premises.

Dates: Wednesdays
Times: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

Womens GroupThe women’s group is an opportunity for ladies to come together for coffee and a chat in a safe environment where they can feel comfortable and relaxed.

Dates: Fridays
Times: 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

GROUP2Additional weekly on-going Groups that need to be pre-booked.

These workgroups take place at a range of venues. If you are interested in attending please let a member of our team know before you attend for the first time as there may be a limited amount of places attached to these Groups.

You may either do this upon your initial registration with our services, or by telephoning 020 8303 8932 (Option 1) or emailing or

art groupArt therapy is a way of expressing ourselves. For example using painting, making sculptures etc. The aim is not to produce a masterpiece but to use your creations to explore yourself and to understand yourself better.

Your art therapist will help you think about what you create and how it relates to your feelings, events or memories that may be causing you problems and distress that you are not able to talk about with anyone. Many people find art therapy can help them to learn to deal with and in some cases recover from a mental health problem. No prior skills or experience in art required to find art therapy helpful.

carers groupThis group is facilitated by the Carers’ support service at Mind in Bexley.

For relatives and friends of someone in Bexley experiencing mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems.

Please contact Carers Support on 0208 303 5816 option 7 to discuss before attending this group.

Venue: Mind in Bexley, Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a therapeutic use of movement and dance through which an individual can engage creatively using his/her body. It opens a new way to access and express emotions and feelings. DMP uses movements as a form of non-verbal communication in a safe and supportive space.

The Benefits of Dance Movement Psychotherapy

• Increased integration of cognitive, affective and physical experience
• Expressive competence
• Increases self-awareness and self-esteem
• Reduces stress and agitation
• Enhanced personal communication
• Releases the burden of past trauma
• Managing the feelings that obstruct learning
• Development of trusting relationships

Date/Time: Tuesday 18th October from 10.30 to discuss and confirm attendance.

Venue: Mind in Bexley, Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

ecotherapyGardening and Food growing has a range of benefits; it is physically active, mentally healthy, a place to meet people, builds confidence. Plus growing healthy nutritious food for you and your families.

Why not join our green spaces? Mind in Bexley has two food growing spaces and a garden. We will be arranging the following workshops throughout the growing season. Eco-therapy improves mental and physical wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors doing gardening, food growing or environmental conservation work and other activities in nature.

Mind Eco-garden will remain open all year 12 noon – 2pm (weather permitting)
Mind Allotment Alers Road is now open Monday only 10:00 am – 1:00 pm until 19th December then closed until March 2017

Please telephone 0208 303 8932 for more information.

IT SessionThis course aims to develop your IT skills.

Drop into one of our FREE sessions for friendly and informal help on the basics of using a computer and the internet.

Learn about:
• Microsoft Office
• Basic to more advanced skills
• Using email and creating documents
• Searching the internet
• Using Facebook and social media
• Filling in forms, shopping & banking online

Dates: Wednesdays ongoing – Pre-book and confirm time with the Recovery College Staff
Times: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Venue: Thamesmead Innovation Centre . 2 Veridion Way, Erith, Kent DA18 4A

exerciseMove Your Mood is an exercise class specifically focussing on getting people active, raising the heart rate and thus improving the mood. The class will take place indoors and will include a range of simple exercise and movements to music. This will be followed by cool down and relaxation. This class works with all levels and exercises adapted to an individual’s pace and alternatives are used if necessary.

Key benefits include:

• It can lift your mood and release stress
• It is fun!
• It helps boost confidence and self-esteem and you can make new friends. 
• It can lead to a better and healthier future

No prior experience is required. All abilities are welcome.
£1 per session

Dates: Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 am (1 hour) from 7th January 2017
Venue: Mind in Bexley, Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

Keep-Moving-forwardThis workgroup is designed for those who feel that they are on their final road to recovery but who feel they can still benefit from a supported transition out of the service.

Dates: Every fortnight on Tuesdays 11:15 am – 12.45pm
Venue: Mind in Bexley, Westhill House. 2B Devonshire Road, Bexleyheath. DA6 8DS

diabetesThis group is for anyone who is not physically active and may be at risk of Type 2 Diabetes (i.e. has high blood pressure or a BMI of 25 or more).

One to one support is provided by a Peer Mentor who will encourage positive lifestyle choices including how to become active and improve dietary habits
Group activities and free exercise classes are also available for members of the group.

For more information contact Emma on 0208 303 5816 Option 4 or

Date/Time: Pre-book and confirm times with Emma
Venue: Peer mentors meet with their mentees at a place and time that is convenient for both parties

pilates“Pilates, pronounced “Puh-Lah-Tees”, takes its name from Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in 1880.

Pilates believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. He immigrated to the US in the 1920s and opened a studio in New York, where he taught his method – which he called Contrology – for several decades.

Pilates mat-work classes are not only fun, they are designed to help you improve flexibility and strength.

Small equipment such as bands, toning circles and balls are used during mat-work classes to help you achieve better movement patterns and provide you with more awareness of your body – and of course to challenge you!

Our instructors cater to each individual, offering alternative movements if required so there is never a reason to feel worried about your ability.”

Date: Every Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 pm £3 per session
Venue: Pilates Body Studio, 88 the Mill, Bexley High Street, DA5 1BF

To provide support to mothers who are finding being a mum challenging, who are isolated, lonely, suffering with depression or just wanting support. Workshops will be provided from time to time to discuss such issues.


• Building confidence and self esteem
• Bonding techniques
• Making friendships with other mums
• Working on relationships between mother and child
• Identifying negative thinking

£1.50 per session and run in partnership with Danson Youth Centre
Date: Mondays between 10.30 – 11.30 am
Venue: Danson Youth Centre, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4EZ

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.  Many studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and balance.  There is some evidence to suggest that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and stress

£3 per session

Date: Tuesdays
Time: 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Venue: Dartfordians Rugby Club, Bourne Rd, Bexley,DA5 1LW