Northamptonshire Mind offers a variety of informal support groups that cater to diverse interests, from creative arts to outdoor activities. These groups provide an opportunity for individuals seeking mental health support to connect with like-minded individuals while participating in activities that foster personal growth and skill development. Our Mental Health Support Workers and trained volunteers facilitate these groups, ensuring that they remain accessible, safe spaces for all participants. We recognise the importance of creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where individuals can explore new interests, develop their skills, and build meaningful connections with others who share similar experiences.
This page is in the process of being updated so please bear in mind that there may be groups that are not yet listed here, or no longer running.
Our current programme of groupwork:
In our weekly peer support meetings, everyone's views and experiences are equally valued. How much support you give and receive can vary depending on what feels right for you at different times. Our sessions are peer-led, and many members have found lifelong friendships through common ground.
Fresh Minds (18-24yrs)
Our Fresh Minds groups, designed for those aged 18-25, offer a safe and supportive space to explore a range of topics related to mental well-being, life skills, and building self-awareness. These groups provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, gain valuable tools and resources, and establish a strong foundation for young adulthood.
The goal of art therapy is to utilise the creative process to help you explore self-expression and, in doing so, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills. Creative activity can reduce your stress and have a positive effect on your mental health, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
Coffee and Quiz
Do you know your Lupins from you Lapin? What is the tallest mountain in the world? Create a team, have a coffee, test your knowledge, and learn lots of new useless information. Forget about the everyday nonsense and get you competitive side out with a new topic each week.
Join our 6-week course to learn how to maintain a healthy, balanced diet without overspending. We'll explore the benefits of various vitamins and food groups for your wellbeing and mental health while providing tips to cut costs and keep your kitchen stocked.
Come join us for fun-filled end to the week, with a rotation of activities including: cooking & baking, mindful movement, creative writing, board & card games, colouring and crafts, community outings, music/dance and more! Always with a celebratory feel so you can enter the weekend with positive vibes all round.
Our Gardening groups run from both our community garden in Corby (in collaboration with The Green Patch) and the grounds of Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough. The sessions provide a wonderful opportunity to nurture and develop a green space for communal use. During colder months and bad weather, craft or cooking sessions are run so that there is something to do all year round.
Join "Welcoming Women" for brunch, conversation, and support. Connect with a fun and supportive group of women to discuss your experiences, self-care tips, and build lasting friendships. This safe and welcoming space is for women new to our service looking to connect, whether you're dealing with mental health issues or just need a listening ear.
Join us every week to reminisce about UK history and journey back in time. Our group aims to improve mood and encourage social interaction through reminiscing and sharing happy memories. Exercise your brain and connect with others. Come along and join us!
Take a step to improve your well-being and quality of life - join our weekly men's mental health group. Connect with other men who understand what you're going through in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Share your experiences, receive support, and gain valuable insights into better managing your mental health.
If you want to quiet your mind, then this group may be for you. This space is for you to feel relaxed, find techniques and tools to assist you with being mindful in your life. These skills, along with social connection with others, aims to help you find calm when going out into the wider community.
Our Motivational Mondays group offers a variety of engaging activities to inspire and motivate members. From cooking to creative writing and community outings, there's something for everyone. Our group is a supportive community where we come together to learn, grow, and have fun.
Music and Singing
Hearing music is a natural mood booster, it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional singer or never sung a note. This group is open to all levels and has a wide variety of songs to sing; from Snow Patrol and Katy Perry to Elvis and Little Mix there’s a something for everyone.
This is a group for parents who may be struggling with their mental health to connect with others in a similar situation. We aim to create a safe space where you feel comfortable to have those difficult conversations.
Your little ones are welcome to join too!
From improving your health and fitness to making new friends, walking groups have many benefits. If you’re interested in walking for your mental health, this group is for you! Walking groups provide a fantastic social aspect, where you can meet and socialise with people who share your love for walking and the outdoors.