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.

Christmas and New Year Opening

Clacton Welcome Cafe & Boxing – Open 17th December, Closed 24th & 31st December
Brightlingsea Welcome Cafe – Open 18th December, Closed 25th December & 1st January
Manningtree Welcome Cafe – Closed 20th December, Open 27th December & 3rd January
Harwich Welcome Cafe – Open 20th December, Closed 27th December, Open 3rd January
Colchester Welcome Cafe – Open throughout
Colchester Football Project – Closed throughout

Welcome Cafe’s

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.

Click here to see a list of Welcome Cafe’s in mid and north east Essex

Activity groups

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.

Click here to see a list of activity groups in mid and north east Essex

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.

We have Day Projects booked on the following Thursday’s:
27th December

For more information and to book on please call Futures in Mind on 01376 316126.

Befriending

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.

Mentoring

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.