Futures In Mind

About the service

Futures in Mind is a service designed for people from across Essex who are looking for support with recovery from mental health problems and/or substance and alcohol misuse.
Futures in Mind run in partnership with West Essex Mind and Phoenix Futures. It is a service designed for adults (18+) across Essex and 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.

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. Click here to find your nearest Welcome Cafe.


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. To see a full list of all our activity groups please click here.


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.

Please check back for the latest dates for this project.

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


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.