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.

Mums Matter

“This is the only mum group where I can talk about my mental health” – Mums Matter Member

Mums Matter is a group, held at The Life House, to support mothers experiencing mental health challenges.


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!

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