Timetable January to March 2024

Monday

  • 10:00 – 13:00 Open Spaces Allotment In person Group
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Women’s Group (Bexleyheath) In person Group and Online Group
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Goal Setting Online Group
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Creative Writing Online Group
  • 18:00 – 19:00 The Self-Care Hour – Fortnightly Online Group NEW

Tuesday

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Breath & Meditation Online Group
  • 09:30 – 10:30 Tai Chi Online Group
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Job Club – Re-Instate In person Group
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Men’s Group Online Group
  • 12:00 – 12:45 Pilates Online Group
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Employment Briefings Online Group (Monthly)
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Women’s Group (Belvedere) In person Group
  • 13:30 – 14:45 Young Adults Project In person Group
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Positivity Course Course online 3 Weeks
  • 10:00 – 11:30 Stitch the Mind In person Group
  • 18:00 – 19:30 Menopause Group In person Group
  • 18:00 – 18:45 Yoga Online Group
  • 18:00 – 20:00 Stress and Anxiety Course 3 Weeks

Wednesday

  • 09:30 – 10:30 Photography For Fun Online Group
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Job Club – Re-Instate In person Group
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Mend, Make and Motivate Online Group
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Digital Hub in the Community – Blackfen Community Library In person Group
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Hearing Voices Group In person Group
  • 13:00 – 16:00 IT4Work – Re-Instate In person Group
  • 16:00 – 17:30 Together We Can Online Group

Thursday

  • 12:00 – 12:45 Pilates In person Group
  • 10:00 – 12:00 COURSE – Confidence and Assertiveness Course online 4 Weeks
  • 10:00 – 13:00 Open Spaces Allotment In person Group
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Art Club In person Group
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Stress and Anxiety – Thursday Course online 3 Weeks
  • 13:30 – 15:05 Coping with Depression Course online 6 Weeks
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Walk and Talk In person Group

Friday

  • 09:00 – 09:45 Yoga In person Group and Online Group
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Test Your Brain Online Group
  • 12:00 – 14:00 Open Spaces Eco Garden Friday In person Group
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Music For Fun Online Group

By appointment

Digital Hub (support with all things digital) – Bexley

Wellbeing and Physical Health Checks

Workshop Timetable January to March 2024

  • 26/02/2024 MON 10:00 – 11:00 Routine builders
  • 26/02/2024 MON 18:00 – 19:00 Money Management
  • 27/02/2024 TUE 10:00 – 12:00 Low Mood & Depression
  • 29/02/2024 THU 14:30 – 16:30 Avoiding Scams Workshop In-person at Devonshire Road
  • 04/03/2024 MON 18:00 – 19:00 Money Management
  • 05/03/2024 TUE 10:00 – 12:00 Emotional Intelligence
  • 06/03/2024 WED 10:00 – 11:30 Journaling
  • 06/03/2024 WED 14:00 – 15:30 Mental Wellbeing with Nutrition and Lifestyle
  • 11/03/2024 MON 10:00 – 11:00 Healthy Mind and Body
  • 11/03/2024 MON 18:00 – 19:00 Routine builders
  • 12/03/2024 TUE 10:00 – 12:00 Understanding Self-Harm
  • 18/03/2024 MON 18:00 – 19:00 Money Management
  • 19/03/2024 TUE 10:00 – 12:00 Body Image (week 1)
  • 20/03/2024 WED 10:00 – 11:30 Visualising Intentions and Affirmations
  • 25/03/2024 MON 10:00 – 11:00 Routine builders
  • 25/03/2024 MON 18:00 – 19:00 Money Management
  • 26/03/2024 TUE 10:00 – 12:00 Body Image (week 2)
  • 28/03/2024 THU 17:00 – 19:00 Understanding Anxiety & Panic

Information on Activities

Face-to-Face Groups and Support

The Art club meets every Thursday from 11:00 am -13:00 pm at Devonshire Rd, Bexleyheath.

Bring along your own arts and crafts to make progress on
your project while socialising with like-minded peers.

We are a relaxed and friendly group and we enjoy connecting with each other and sharing creative ideas, tips and
techniques. We find the creativity and connecting helps to
improve our wellbeing.

This group is not the same as Art Therapy.

Please contact us to book or to be put on the waiting list.

Grow your digital skills at Mind in Bexley’s weekly session in Blackfen Library. Meet new people and find out about how computers work in a safe and friendly space.

Each week will have a different theme and include time for a coffee and connecting with others. Activities are suitable for all abilities. Complete beginners welcome. We also offer 1-2-1 digital support sessions at our Bexleyheath office on a Monday.

Wednesdays 11:00 am – 13:00 pm at Blackfen Community Library, 7-9 Blackfen Parade DA15 9LU

Gardening and food growing has a range of benefits; it is physically active, mentally healthy, a place to meet people, and 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 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.
Please register and book your place online.

Days and Times: Monday, Thursday 10:00 – 13:00, Friday 12:00 – 14:00

A support workshop group for people who are experiencing hearing voices or seeing visions.

These supportive workshops provide an opportunity to
exchange information and learn from each other. These are held weekly in a comfortable and confidential space.

The workshop is open to those who have experience of hearing voices or seeing visions whether past or present.

Days and Times: Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00 Duration: One Hour

Aimed at everyone to improve specifically their IT skills for the workplace, building up confidence to use Word/Excel and other applications from basic or a refresher.

Wednesday 13.00 to 16.00pm

Our friendly Job clubs are designed to give you the skills to research and apply for employment opportunities.

An employment specialist or one of our valued volunteers is always on hand, maybe helping with CV,s. introduction letters, and helping with some of those IT challenges that applying for a role can bring.

These sessions run for up to six weeks for each individual, building up your all-round skills to find that role that suits you.

Tuesday 10:30am to 12:30pm

Wednesday 10:30am to 12:30pm

The Menopause Group is an informal and friendly group giving you the opportunity to connect with other women from Bexley who are also going through the stages of the menopause. Different symptoms of the menopause are discussed and practical solutions and ways of coping are shared. Women attending the group also feel emotionally supported and affirmed through their shared experiences of the menopause.

To register your interest for the Menopause Group, please email: recovery@mindinbexley.org.uk

Tuesdays 18:00 – 19.30pm The Pantry 301c, Broadway, Bexleyheath ,DA6 8DT.

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.

Days and Times: Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45pm, Duration: 45 Minutes

There is small fee of £3

Held at The Pilates Studio – Bexley Village DA5 1BF

Are you a keen knitter?

Perhaps you like to crochet or stitch? This face-to-face group incorporates stitching with connecting with others. It is held at a variety of locations in and around Bexleyheath.

Please bring along any projects you have and we can socialise over a cup of tea while working on our creations. A lovely
social group and setting to get creative and improve your wellbeing.

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30am

Come along to Danson Park every Thursday afternoon for our Walk and Talk group (weather permitting).

The Walk and Talk is an opportunity to get some physical exercise walking round the park while also socialising and meeting new people. Being physically active improves our mental wellbeing as well as our fitness. The activity causes chemical changes which can help to positively change your mood. Connecting with others builds good relationships which are important for our mental wellbeing.

Every Thursday afternoon 14:00 – 15:30pm

The Young Adult’s Project (YAP) is a person-centred informal social support group which allows those aged 18-28 to express themselves and to also gain the skills and confidence to empower themselves and others.

The group is facilitated by a Mind in Bexley staff member with lived experience and is held on a weekly basis at various locations in Bexleyheath. This can include visiting different cafes, doing activities such as bowling, visiting exhibitions and also guest speakers from various organisations. The group
decides where they would like to go and collaborate on ideas.

Please register first.

Tuesdays: 13:30 – 14:45pm

The women’s group provides a safe environment where women feel comfortable to connect and talk together over a coffee. This group helps to build good supportive relationships which are important for our mental wellbeing.

These friendships can build a sense of belonging, give us opportunity to share and provide emotional support.

Please register online.

Days and Times: Monday in Bexleyheath 10:30am – 12:00pm (also on Teams)

Tuesdays at Belvedere Community Centre – 1pm-2.30pm (starting on Tuesday 13 February 2024)

A gentle but energising all levels practice. Focusing on mindful movements, connection to breath, refreshing stretches and some strengthening poses, this practice will set you up for whatever your day brings. Open to all, including beginners.

The benefits of practicing Yoga include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduction in anxiety, stress and worry
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Take time for yourself
  • Increase focus
  • Prepare the body and mind for your day
  • Connection to breath and calming techniques

Please register and book your place online.

Fridays 9:00 – 9.45am

Bexley Studio

1-2 Bourne Parade, Bexley, DA5 1LQ

This service offers Recovery Service clients the opportunity to have their blood pressure and weight recorded and will be completed by a Mind in Bexley staff member. At the health checks, our staff can offer advice and signpost to other services which may be beneficial to the client’s wellbeing needs.

The information gathered can also be sent to the client’s GP – if consent is given – so that their records can be updated.

The health check appointments are available every other week, on either a Thursday or Friday morning between 10:00am and 12:30pm.

Online Groups

Learn a breathing technique and understand the points of breath on the body followed by a guided body scan meditation.

Weekly 9.30 – 10:00am Tuesdays

Mind in Bexley’s creative writing group meets every Monday from 12 noon to 1.30pm

Would you like to experience gentle learning and give time to developing your writing skills? Maybe you sense you have a short story or poem you would like to write. Learning new skills can improve our mental wellbeing giving us a sense of purpose and helping us connect to others.

In this group, there is guided learning such as an inspiring thought or theme or discussion and a variety of activities to help us express ourselves. These may include reading a story, sharing a poem or playing word games.

This is an online group so, for our own writing, either have pen and paper or laptop at the ready.

Days and Times: Monday 12:00 – 13:30pm Duration: 90 Minutes

A themed briefing takes place each month, this can be how to disclose in the workplace, the equalities act and what support should look like, and a variety of other employment related subjects.

From time to time we occasionally host workshops in person at our office in Erith. Subjects can vary generally are employment related.

Monthly on a Tuesday 13:00 – 14.30 pm

Join goal setting to build on changing your week.
Together we will turn your goals into plans and your plans into actions by thinking big but acting small.
You will be asked what it is you would like to achieve over the coming week and then through discussion with your peers, we will find what method would suit you best. So, you can come back the next week for the celebration of:

“YOU DID IT”

Monday 11:30am – 12:00pm

This group is your time to put aside two hours for arts, craft, making, mending and DIY. Grab a cup of tea and the project you are working on to meet likeminded crafters for inspiration, tips and giggles. Don’t know what to bring? Still come along to get the motivation.

Creating is a form of selfcare, it benefits you and those around you. It can help you feel more able to cope with situations.

Days and Times: Wednesday 11:00am – 13:00pm Duration: One Hour

The men’s group is an informal, friendly and supportive group where you meet others to talk about a range of topics
including your own wellbeing.

This group helps to build good supportive relationships which are important for our mental wellbeing. These friendships can build a sense of belonging, give us opportunity to share positive experiences and provide emotional support.

Please register and book your place online.

Days and Times: Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:00pm Duration: 90 Minutes

Music for Fun is an opportunity for people to come together and pick a piece of music.

Every participant gets a chance to select a song of their choice to be played to the group and are given time to talk about their selection.

This is a relaxed group with great discussion.

Please register and book your place online.

Fridays – 14:00 – 16:00 pm

In this group, we encourage each other to take notice of what is around us by taking photos on a theme. Taking notice
enables us to be in the moment and can help you to feel more positive about life.

Each week we start by looking at the photos those attending the group have taken during the week. We enjoy talking about the photos, where these were taken and
exploring the different styles.

Then a different theme is suggested for the next week such as animals, doors, weather, ‘why is that there’, food. During the week you notice what is around you and take photos on the theme.

No photography skills are needed and you can use a camera or your mobile phone. Please register and book your place online.

Wednesday 9:30 – 10:30am

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.

Days and Times: Tuesday 12:00 – 12:45pm, Thursday 12:00 – 12:45pm Duration: 45 Minutes

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that 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.

Please register and book your place online.

Days and Times: Tuesdays 9:30 – 10:30am

This group will run every 2 weeks, it is your time to learn new and exciting way to care for yourself.

You will be shown a variety of different method and ways to add them into your routine all the while having the support and encouragement from other group members.

Monday 18:00 – 19:00pm

You are Invited to join us on Online for Quizzes, Memory Games, spelling tests, boggle, spot the difference, math’s problems and much more…

All you need is a pen and paper. No scores are read aloud, this is all for Fun!

Please register and book your place online.

Days and Times: Friday 10:00 – 11:00am Duration: One Hour

In this group, we are going to encourage each other to get those jobs done!

Whatever is on your To Do List bring it along (with a cup of tea) and get tips from your peers on the best way to achieve what you want, as you are doing it!

From sorting your bills/benefits, decluttering, craft projects, homework from another group or a course you are doing, DIY, selfcare/glow ups, housework, journaling, planning, creative writing, gardening, shopping lists and so much more…
Please register and book your place online.

Days and Times: Wednesday 16:00 – 17:30pm

The women’s group provides a safe environment where women feel comfortable to connect and talk together over a coffee. This group helps to build good supportive relationships which are important for our mental wellbeing.

These friendships can build a sense of belonging, give us opportunity to share and provide emotional support.

Please register online.

Days and Times: Monday in Bexleyheath 10:30am – 12:00pm

A gentle but energising all levels practice. Focusing on mindful movements, connection to breath, refreshing stretches and some strengthening poses, this practice will set you up for whatever your day brings. Open to all, including beginners.

The benefits of practicing Yoga include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduction in anxiety, stress and worry
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Take time for yourself
  • Increase focus
  • Prepare the body and mind for your day
  • Connection to breath and calming techniques

Please register and book your place online.

Days and Times: Monday 9:00-10:00am, Tuesday 18:00 – 18.45pm, Fridays 9:00 -9:45am

Workshop Descriptions

This workshop helps people to understand the cycle of anger and when certain types of anger become problematic.

During this workshop you will identify the causes of anger, the e­ffects of anger on your health and your relationships and most importantly a variety of coping strategies to deal with anger. We help promote the use of self-awareness and self-reflection to aid anger management. Sometimes the simplest coping strategies are the most effective!

The workshop also promotes group participation and interaction with discussion points aimed to encourage participants to grasp a better understanding of the thoughts and patterns that surround anger.

This workshop has been designed to explore and understand how an autistic person.

Experiences the world, in ways that a non-autistic person doesn’t. It will help give a better understanding of those differences and the challenges autistic people can face as they navigate through life.

As scams become more sophisticated, it is important to be aware of them and to know how you can keep yourself safe. Our workshop will provide you with information and knowledge to be better equipped to recognise when a person or company is trying to scam you online, over the phone, or in person. You will learn what to do to help keep yourself and your finances safe, and avoid the stress and anxiety of being scammed. This is a basic level workshop designed to improve awareness and safety around scams.

Devonshire Road Office, Bexleyheath

Thursday 29/02/2024 14:30 – 16:30

This workshop will run over a two-week period, split into two two-hour sessions. It will try to adjust your way of thinking about body-image and challenge the images of idealised bodies shown throughout the media that can negatively impact people’s perceptions of themselves.

The course aims to help you achieve:

  • An improved self-image
  • A more realistic approach to body-image

During the course we explore:

  • Body image and how it is affected
  • How external/internal factors influence how we think and feel
  • Body image in men and women
  • How to accept your body and not aspire to unrealistic ideals
  • How not everything in the media is as it seems
  • How body image affects mental health
  • Ways to overcome negative body image
  • Body image and eating disorders

 

This workshop aims to give you the ability to distinguish between helpful and unhelpful thinking patterns and how to manage negative emotions effectively. The hoped outcome is that you will become more self-aware, be able to regulate your emotions more effectively and to develop your social skills including empathy and understanding different perspectives.

Overall, the suggested tips and coping strategies should help you to start challenging your learnt behaviours; become more in tune with your emotions and in time build up your resilience.

This workshop promotes group participation and interaction with discussion points aimed to encourage participants to grasp a better understanding of emotional intelligence.

 

In this one-hour workshop, you will be given ideas, inspirations and encouragements to help you live a more balanced lifestyle. Achieving optimal health and wellbeing requires taking care of both your body and mind.

We will look at what we can do and can avoid doing to bring balance into our lives.

We all need to exercise, eat well, get enough sleep and practise self-care and in this workshop we will help you discover what methods suit you best.

 

In this workshop, we can learn to journal by expressing thoughts, feelings, inspirations or emotions through writing.

We will look at different journaling methods and how to get started.

You will need a pen and notebook to journal in.

 

This workshop looks at the key differences between low mood and depression and the psychological, physical, emotional, social and behavioural symptoms linked to both.

The main focus is looking at the many causes of depression and understanding them fully and the most effective coping
strategies to help manage depression in daily life.

The workshop promotes group participation and interaction with discussion points aimed to encourage participants to grasp a
better understanding of low mood and depression.

 

We can achieve so much for our mental and physical health with just a few diet and lifestyle adjustments, without too much effort or drastic changes. The workshops look at the impact of our food habits and what more nourishing simple choices we can integrate to support mental and physical wellbeing.

Diving into our human nature to gain a better understanding of some fundamental internal interactions and what can trigger a disharmonious state in order to have more control over our health. Full of practical tips, easy to implement for long-lasting changes, working with the greatest gifts nature has to offer.

Each monthly workshop has a different focus:

  •  The impact of the gut on the brain and how to optimise the connection
  •  The importance of calming the nervous system in order to heal mentally and physically
  •  How to improve our energy levels and the effect on our mood and mental wellbeing

Mindfulness is a way to incorporate calmness into your life to support your wellbeing. This mindfulness workshop encourages a positive mindful approach.

Through practical tools to gain understanding, it helps us develop an open mind and forgiveness of and acceptance towards ourselves and others.

The workshop includes a short guided mindful breathing meditation which can be used as a coping strategy when under stress or pressure from life, work or relationships.

In this amazing workshop you will learn the importance of knowing where your money goes each month.
We will look at many ways to save on spending, how to budget our money, how to manage debt and where to seek help.
We are living through “the cost-of-living crisis”, Mind in Bexley would like to offer you the information you need to get your money in order and control your debts

Want to start making the most of your time?

But don’t know how or where to start?

This workshop is for you

You will be shown the benefits and importance of having a routine. We will then discuss methods for building and sticking to the routine that you really want

Researchers have found that sleep and relaxation are important for us because it can support us in achieving

  • Better productivity and concentration ● Lower weight gain risk ● Better calorie regulation ● Greater athletic performance ● Lower risk of heart disease ● More social and emotional intelligence ● Preventing depression ● Lower inflammation ● Stronger immune system

Aims of the Workshop

  • simple relaxation methods, that promote health and general well-being ● the scientific background of why we sometimes can’t sleep ● practical implementation in daily life ● how to relax yourself

This workshop is for those who would like to learn more about anxiety and panic.

We learn about different types of negative thinking patterns and share our own experiences of how we can relate to these.

We will explore different ideas on how we can turn negative reactions and thought patterns into positives by incorporating different healthy ways to wellbeing into our lives.

This workshop is a group where you will learn to use visualising skills to set intentions and affirmations using practical tools and guided meditation.

What do you intend to change in your life?

In this workshop, you will look at tools and meditation to help you set intentions and choose affirmations to help bring about positive change.

This service offers Recovery Service clients the opportunity to have their blood pressure and weight recorded and will be completed by a Mind in Bexley staff member. At the health checks, our staff can offer advice and signpost to other services which may be beneficial to the client’s wellbeing needs.

The information gathered can also be sent to the client’s GP – if consent is given – so that their records can be updated.

The health check appointments are available every other week, on either a Thursday or Friday morning between 10:00 am and 12:30pm.

Courses

A positive self-image is key to living a happy and healthy life.

Research shows that people who feel confident in themselves can problem solve and make better decisions, take more risks, assert themselves and strive to meet their personal goals.

Aims of the workshop:

  • Provide the participants with a better understanding of what is positive thinking, how it impacts and how to develop it
  • Enable a greater self-awareness
  • Equip the participants in effective techniques for changing attitudes
  • Support wellbeing

Course content:

  • What is positive thinking?
  • Why is positive thinking the key to a successful life?
  • How to develop the skill of positive thinking

Days and Times: Tuesday 14:00 – 16:00pm

Anxiety and stress cause more sick days, illness and presenteeism than physical ailments. Discover the difference between stress and anxiety and why in combination they are the single biggest cause of concern for the working population.

Aims of the workshop:

  • Provide the participants with a better understanding of what is positive thinking, how it impacts and how to develop it
  • Enable a greater self-awareness
  • Equip the participants in effective techniques for changing attitudes
  • Support wellbeing

Course Content:

  • Typical causes of anxiety
  • How to become familiar with triggers
  • How to select coping strategies that work specifically for you

Days and Times: Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00pm Thursday 14:00 – 16:00pm Duration: Two Hours

The course aims to increase group members’ self-awareness, coping mechanisms in stressful situations and teach techniques to enable individuals to plan positively for the future.

The course is in modules and covers:

  • Building Confidence
  • Self-awareness and building positive self-image
  • Stress management
  • Assertiveness
  • Goal planning

The course runs for six weeks. Thursdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

The course will help you develop a better understanding of depression by looking at the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that can cause depression. You will be able to identify warning signs and risks of depression; identify the effects and symptoms of depression, and learn coping strategies.

Participants will develop skills that will help them to change their emotional cycle and learn how to effectively use a range of cognitive coping tools and mechanisms to deal with times when they are feeling low.

The course involves group work and exercises that look at identifying the cause of their own depression and how this can be positively managed, with the
aim of working towards sustained recovery.

Thursday from January 11th 13:30 – 15:00pm