We often ask our service users, visitors to the Life House and local community what therapeutic groups and activities they would like to take part in. Where possible, these are developed on an ongoing basis.

Group Work

Due to the nature of some of the groups we deliver, access will be decided on a case by case basis, which will be determined at assessment. Please call us on: 0191 417 8043 if you are interested in coming along. You will receive a referral and triage before attending these groups.

If you would like to meet a member of the team before attending groups please make an appointment via 0191 417 8043.

The group work currently provided includes:

Creative Mind

The Creative Crafts groups are an opportunity for service users to share ideas, explore artistic skills and gain confidence and self-esteem through creative work. The relaxed and friendly group offers a wide variety of crafts including drawing, painting, glass painting, napkin art and card making.  Seasonal activities and projects as well as items which interest the group are all undertaken. Groups take place on a weekly basis at The Life House and the Hetton Centre.

This poem was written by a Service User while she was at a Creative Mind session – we hope you enjoy reading it!

Moving In New Directions

I’m always moving and on the go, As I’m moving, I go with the flow.

In the middle of what I do my mind is always thinking, all the time on what to do.

New things to do, people to meet, make new friends and greet old ones and talk of pastures new.

Directions I take in what I choose to do with my life and directions on doing things new.

That’s my mind what’s yours?

Groups take place on a weekly basis at The Life House and the Hetton Centre.

Anxiety Management Group

A peer led group which offers an opportunity to meet other people who experience anxiety in a relaxed atmosphere.

Mans Space

Group for men ran by men who come together once a week to meet up, talk, play cards, do crosswords, and talk about ‘men’ things in a supportive environment

Knit and Natter

Come along to a friendly, relaxed group, enjoy knitting and crocheting, whether you are a beginner or an avid needle clicker! 

Wags and Walks - Walking Group

Wags and Walks is a peer led walking group, which leaves from the Life House building every Tuesday at 12:00pm. Walks last approximately 45 to 60 minutes, around the beautiful scenery of Washington

Brunch Club

Our brunch club gives you the opportunity to get out, meet new people and relax with a cuppa and some brunch, such as bacon sandwiches, hot dogs, or toasties, in a safe space!


Useful Links

Visit our ‘What’s On and When‘ page for more activities and to see our weekly schedules.

www.wellbeinginfo.org has a range of information about local events and things to do too!

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2021-2022

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Whilst there is no payment taken at the time of booking your fully funded space via our online booking system Washington Mind reserves the right to charge a £50.00 fee as agreed with funders for the following:

  • Cancellation of attendance within 0 - 7 days before the training session
  • None attendance on the day of the training session ( DNA)
  • None completion of all sessions that apply to delivery of the course in full.
  • An alternative delegate may be substituted by an organisation without charge for the whole course. Delegates can NOT be substituted partway through the training course.
  • The delegate is aware that Washington Mind’s mental health training programme covers emotive subjects such as suicide, self-harm, death and dying.
  • By submitting the booking form, the delegate agrees to the dates, times and the subsequent charge referenced
  • The delegate must be able to attend the training session in FULL
  • Washington Mind reserve the right to cancel a training session for operational reasons at any time
  • Please contact Washington Mind if you wish to discuss or clarify anything further before making a booking

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We take your privacy seriously and promise to never sell your data. You can find out more about your rights, how we use your personal information and how we keep your details safe and secure by reading our Privacy Policy. For more information, to update your choices or to stop us sending you updates contact jemma@washingtonmind.org.uk or 0191 4178043

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