Getting out and improving quality of life
Futures in Mind
We help people to keep in contact with us and others in similar situations to themselves and to take part in social activities with our Futures in Mind service that’s run in partnership with West Essex Mind and Phoenix Futures. It is a service designed for adults (18+) across Essex who are looking for support with recovery from mental health problems and/or substance and alcohol misuse. There are a number of elements to the service from befriending to peer led activities and groups to mentoring an overview of these is below and more information can be found at www.futuresinmind.org.uk.
Futures in Mind has absorbed our Social Inclusion Service. The peer support groups that were part of the Social Inclusion Service are all still running as part of Futures in Mind.
Our Welcome Cafe’s are open to everyone recovering from a mental health problem and/ or substance or alcohol misuse. They are an opportunity to have a cuppa and a chat with people in a similar position who are also looking for support. They are free to attend with the option of purchasing a refreshment if you wish. You are welcome to drop in for a bit of stay for the whole session. Before you come along please call Sue or Jess on 01206 764600 for more information about the cafe you are interested in attending.
In addition to the Welcome Cafe’s we offer a number of activity groups including walking, football, craft and book groups. Most of these groups are free but for some there is a small charge. Before you come along please call Sue or Jess on 01206 764600 for more information about the group you are interested in attending.
Essex Wildlife Trust Projects
We are delighted to announce we have teamed up with Essex Wildlife Trust on a brand new project. Our Wildlife Projects are a great opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Activities may include building a nest box for the local birdlife, fence painting or coppicing woodland.
The days take place on:
Thursday 15th February
Thursday 15th March
For more information and to book on please call Futures in Mind on 01376 316126.
British Wildlife is running out of places to live and nest. These groups are an opportunity to make some homes for mini beasts and learn some clay skills. Cobnuts will be running Clay Workshops at some of our Welcome Cafe’s during February and March.
Brightlingsea Welcome Cafe – Tuesday 20th February
Colchester Welcome Cafe – Friday 16th February and 2nd March
Harwich Welcome Cafe – Thursday 8th, 15th & 22nd March.
Often living with a mental health or substance misuse problem can leave you feeling isolated and lonely. A befriender is a volunteer who can help you get out and about more, this could include having a coffee together, going to the cinema or an exercise class. For more information please visit the Futures in Mind website.
Through Futures in Mind we provide support for people who are in early recovery from drug and alcohol misuse and/or mental illness by matching them with trained volunteer peer mentors. The peer mentors use their own experience, either direct or indirect, of recovery to support their peer and help them to realise their potential. For more information please visit the Futures in Mind website.