The Life House is the home of Washington Mind and is a much needed wellbeing resource centre in our local community. Within The Life House we offer a wide range of activities and services.

The Life House

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.

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.

Pet Therapy

The Washington Mind Pet Therapy Group enjoy their weekly visits to
Bryson’s Animal Refuge.  The group have found that walking the dogs who are waiting to be re-homed, petting the cats and dogs is a two way therapy; the animals benefit from the groups time and contact, this gets them used to human company and therefore they are more approachable and easier to re-home.  The group gain from the calming influence of the animals and the therapeutic benefits of being with the animals and out in the fresh air.

Due to the nature of this group, the physical aspects and level of responsibility regarding animals and their welfare, access to this group will be decided on a case by case basis.

Book Club

This group runs in partnership with Sunderland City Libraries and meets monthly (first Friday of every month) at The Life House. Books to read are decided by the group and then once read active discussion and  a review of both the book and the author takes place.

Anxiety Management Group

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

Stepping Stones Creative Minds

This smaller craft group meet at The Life House weekly in the Creative Minds room and is aimed at people  who would like to build their confidence in group situations.  This could be your ‘stepping stone’ to progressing to other groups and activities in the future.

Open Mind Sessions

Open Mind sessions give you the opportunity to get out, meet new people and relax with a cuppa in a safe space!

Groups take place on a weekly basis at The Life House.

Knit and Natter

Come along to a friendly, relaxed group, enjoy knitting and crocheting, whether you are a beginner or an avid needle clicker!  This group takes place in Our Space, along-side the Open Mind session.

NB. All courses and activities are subject to funding, please contact us to confirm availability.

Useful Links

What's on and when

Visit our ‘What’s On and When‘ page for more activities and to see our weekly schedules. has a range of information about local events and things to do too!