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Friends in Need is a way for people to meet online and in their local area. It’s free to join and a great way to share support…

Kensington and Chelsea Mind Friends in Need is a peer to peer social support and wellbeing community for people affected by depression and other mental health problems.

The service is available to adults over 18 who live in Kensington and Chelsea and the Queen’s Park and Paddington areas of Westminster.

Friends in Need is underpinned by the Five Ways to Wellbeing. These are a set of evidence based actions which promote people’s wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.

There are three ways to get involved with Friends in Need: social meet ups, FiN online and our Stay Well workshops.

Joining the Friends in Need social network can be an important step towards recovery, friendship and wellbeing. Friends in Need is not just for people who have experience of depression, family, and carers can all benefit from joining.

We have some regular activities that take place each week – you can find the details below – and then many more one-off events that we update our members about in our newsletter and by phone.

If you would like to become a member of the West London Friends in Need Community and join us at our meet ups please phone: 020 3011 0433 and leave your name and number or email: friendsinneed@kcmind.org.uk we will call you and arrange how to join.          

MONDAYS

Connect

Monday Social Club | Connect with others at the weekly Monday Social Club where you can chat and participate in one or all of the activities available:

Community Cooking
Want to share your favourite meal with friends who understand? We provide a small food budget and fantastic location for you to come and cook a meal for others, and then sit down socially to eat your masterpiece amongst a supportive and friendly community. You don’t have to be Gordon Ramsey to join us and cooking is taken in turns so if you’re more of a foodie than a chef and you’d rather have a cuppa in your hand than a collider then please come along.

This is a great meet up to join whether you’re new to the community or have been coming for a while. If you’re interested in coming and cooking for others then get in touch as space in the kitchen is limited. Space for eating is however not, so come and chat, eat and connect.

Games Club
Connecting with other people is such an important part of wellbeing and this is an opportunity to do this through games. If you’re a fan of chess, cards, scrabble or other board games then this might be the perfect place for you to connect with other people who have experience of mental health problems. In a relaxing and welcoming environment people have the opportunity to share their experiences and relax with new friends. New members are always welcome to attend.

We love to Sing
We invite you to come and sing with us.

The singing group meets each week and is open to all abilities. You don’t have to have operatic pipes to join in. There’s no audition to join, no one will be forced into singing a solo and there’s no obligation to come every week.

Singing together in a group is an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. Group singing has been shown to have a positive effect on our mental health. People feel more hopeful, relaxed, and have a greater sense of togetherness and feel less alone after singing together so come along and join in.

*Watch the video above on how singing can affect mental health.

GiveGrowing Minds | 1pm – 3pm | If you enjoy nature and the outdoors then what better way than to start the week at our growing minds garden. Help to create our very own nature oasis in North West London by planting and maintaining plants and shrubs, growing food in our vegetable patch – and not forgetting – helping to harvest and eat our spoils.Led by experienced horticulturalists there will also be the opportunity to contribute to the growing minds photo diary project, capturing changes in the gardens flora and fauna over the seasons.Being able to connect with nature has positive mental health benefits. It has been shown that being more active in green environments can boost our mood and self-esteem far more than simple exercising alone, so pop along to the garden and join our growing minds.

 

TUESDAYS
LearnFiN Arts: Painting and Drawing  | 10:30 – 12:30pm | Participation in the arts can have a real positive impact on our mental health, contributing to an increase in self-esteem, motivation and relaxation.This group is not just about creating our own art but about learning and appreciating the art and culture of others. Each week we will expand and develop our own artistic abilities at a creative group. We will also visit art galleries and museums to learn about art from other time periods and cultures.

Join us for any or all of the FiN arts meet ups and discover ways in which making and viewing art in the company of others can be a healing experience that helps improve and sustain wellbeing.

NoticePoetry: Words and Healing  | Reading and writing poetry for many people helps them to feel calm and relaxed. There’s also some scientific evidence that poetry changes the way we think. The arrangement of poetry is different from that of other types of writing. It challenges us and gets our brains working differently. Concentrating on poetry together can work in a similar way to mindfulness. It forces us to be in the present.Robert Frost describes a poem being like a ‘momentary stay against confusion’

We invite anyone with an interest in poetry to come along to this meet up, be it reading, listening or writing. Each week members will bring a poem – something they’ve found or written themselves, to share and discuss with others.

ActiveWeb Team  | Our Friends in Need community is not limited to those people who attend the meet ups. There is also an online community who are looking for support. Physical or mental health problems could prevent a person from attending the FiN face to face peer support groups, however this does not mean that individuals should feel alone and isolated. Our online community is a place where people can access free 24/7 peer support safely and anonymously.Can you be there to support others online? If you have an interest in Friends in Need online then this could be a way in which you could help. Chat to members within the West London group. Help others from the site to find the West London group. Support and be there for people to talk to and get support in return. Come along to the monthly information evening to find out how to get started, share how it’s going and be part of FiN Giving.

 

WEDNESDAYS
ConnectCoffee Break Club | 5:30 – 7pm | Connect with others over a weekly coffee, tea, hot or cold drink of your choice. We encourage a warm and welcoming environment to come and meet others and have an uplifting interaction. Meeting others who share a similar experience in a relaxed way with no pressure on you is a good way to improve wellbeing.
LearnFiN Crafts  | 2 – 4pm | Social knitting and craft groups have been popular for decades but have enjoyed a massive resurgence since the early noughties. Our FiN Crafts group is a casual group of knitters, sewers, crocheters, and craft-makers who meet together to chat, relax and share advice.At this group you can share your talents with others in the group, learn from one another and also create items for sale at local events*. Our group is open to all abilities, so come along and try it for yourself.*all money raised from the sale of items from FiN Crafts will go directly back to the group.

 

THURSDAYS
LearnJewellery Making  | Join us as we make jewellery together. Learn a new skill and increase your wellbeing.

“It relaxes me, relieves stress. When I get in the mode, I can tune out everything else around me, go off into my own little world, and forget, at least for a while, any worries of the day.”

 

FRIDAYS

Feel Good Friday
Connect
 | This is a fun, friendly and creative groups. Come and end the week (or start the weekend!) with a cuppa and a board game, make a piece of jewellery, try mindfulness colouring, have a massage or join in the knitting group!
GivePark Life | Move your mood with our eco-therapeutic park life walks. Most of us know that physical activity can increase happiness but not as many of us might know how important it is to be exposed to the natural environment in boosting mood. Join a group of Friends in Need members as they explore the beautiful parks in West London. Connect with others; take notice of nature and the changing seasons and increase your mental health and wellbeing.New members to the group are very welcome to come along.
GiveCity Walkers | Staying physically active can help recovery from depression, improves sleep, mood and self-esteem. Plus walking together in a group can help us to stay motivated. Add in local historical landmarks and our city walkers groups becomes a fantastic way of improving our wellbeing.During each of our city walks we’ll explore new areas and discover new facts about the borough, improving our knowledge and our wellbeing.

 

OTHER MONTHLY MEET UPS
New Members Meet UpPub Quiz

Come Dine With Us

Stay Well Workshops


If you would like to come to any of the above groups please call our messaging service on: 020 3011 0433. Leave your name and number and we’ll call you back.

Alternatively you can send an email to: friendsinneed@kcmind.org.uk we will call you and arrange how you can join.

If you’re not feeling ready to meetup with us but would like to join our online community Friends in Need you can join below. Make sure you search for our West London Network in ‘groups’ and keep up to date with our activities. We look forward to meeting you.

 

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