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

The Life House is a community building, with lots going on for everyone to get involved in.

Our partners deliver alternative therapies, beauty treatments, exercise classes, and slimming classes.

Alongside Café Life which provides super tasty food.

Washington Mind’s Group Work is also held within The Life House – Click here to view.

The Life House building currently holds:

Slimming World

The freedom to enjoy healthy takes on the food you love – like curry and rice, burgers, pasta dishes and still lose weight. The freedom to make your own choices – to eat in or to eat out, and to take control. The freedom to get more active in a way that suits your lifestyle. And best of all – freedom from the habits and pitfalls that used to hold you back. We’ll help you to understand yourself as a slimmer, giving you the know – how and the power to develop healthy new habits for life. All this in a community of new friends who’ll motivate and inspire you all the way to your dream weight.

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga is for anyone and everyone. It’s the world’s most widely practised method of yoga. Iyengar yoga teachers are well qualified and experienced in helping each student to find their own level in each pose. Props are useful here to make each pose accessible to all.

Because Iyengar yoga focuses on postural alignment, you may discover that it is particular good for postural and structural problems. And the fact that you have to give all of your attention to the precise details of each pose requires effort and concentration which can relieve stress and anxiety. Iyengar yoga is all about quality of movement rather than quantity, to encourage safety throughout your practice.

Spa Treatments

The Life House is home to the fabulous Lisa on Thursdays and Fridays, who provides Spa Treatments such as Back Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. For more information, call us on 0191 417 8043

Washington History Society

Washington History Society is an informal group of people who work together to keep the history of Washington alive. We collect and preserve photographs, documents and memorabilia, while taking an active part in raising awareness of the town’s heritage through talks and exhibitions.

The Society’s aims are to communicate information about Washington’s past, to preserve items of historical import- such as photographs, and to to form an archive for present & future generations. 

MEETINGS The Society holds talks & meetings in the MIND Building, Grasmere Terrace, Columbia, Washington, Tyne & Wear. NE38 7LP (1.30pm – 4.00pm). These talks are held on the first Monday of each month, excluding August and January. A full programme of the talks is published during the year. See the EVENTS page for further details.

MEMBERSHIP is open to all and if you wish to join the Washington History Society the subscription for one year or part of a year is £5. There is a meeting cover charge of £2 that includes refreshments.

Clubbercise is a fun full body workout for anyone and everyone! It’s exercise with a funky soundtrack that gets great results. The routines combine dance, toning and combat moves with options to suit all fitness levels

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

Café Life

Café Life is now open in The Life House!

Café Life hosts a weekly programme of wellbeing activities including brunch and lunch clubs, healthy eating courses and opportunities for social healthy-lifestyle activities.

We a light bite menu with a range of hot and cold drinks. We have both indoor and outdoor seating, including a covered area and three private dining pods! Plus a dog friendly area of our garden!

Our garden area includes a play area for children and young people with additional needs, as well as an allotment area, chill out relaxation spaces for adults, market place area, and community barbeque. If you’d like to volunteer in Cafe Life, or in our allotment, please get in touch.

Café Life is all about the community, volunteers work within our café and also in our allotments ready for us to grow and produce our own fruit and vegetables.

Click here to see what events we have coming up at Cafe Life and book your space online.

Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow our Instagram page to keep up with Cafe Life and our specials. 

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!