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Mental Health

Activities for People with MH Needs at Grove Resource Centre
The centre offers a variety of physical fitness programmes, computing, pottery, recovery groups, a safe space (drop in), subsidised lunches, walking group, a badminton & table tennis group, gardening and a women’s group.

Opening hours:
Office – Monday to Friday: 9am-5pm.
Drop in hours: Monday 10am – 1pm; Tuesday 10am – 1pm; Wednesday 1pm – 4pm; Thursday 1pm – 4pm; Friday 10am – 1pm

Delivered by: Grove Resource Centre
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea

Advocacy For Older People with MH Needs
Free, independent and confidential IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy) and Mental Health Advocacy. This is available to older people with a mental health issue in hospital and in the community.

Delivered by: The Advocacy Project
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster

Better Life Befriending
This new family befriending programme will focus on helping the parents of our children heal, build friendships and develop confidence to enable them to pursue their life goals through 1-2 hour weekly befriending sessions, often using activities such as yoga, art gallery or volunteering as a platform.

Delivered by: Solidarity Sports
Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea

Community Living Well
Community Living Well is a new service for people aged 16 and over who need support with their mental health.
It’s for people registered with a GP in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, or the Queen’s Park and Paddington areas of Westminster.
Community Living Well offers a different kind of mental health support. It makes it easy for you, and anyone who cares for you, to access a wide range of clinical and well-being services.
The services on offer include talking therapies, support groups and help with employment or housing issues

Delivered by: Community Living Well
Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea

Counselling – Help Counselling Centre
Help Counselling is based on Portobello Road in central London. We offer one to one individual counselling to a wide range of people over the age of 18.
We can be accessed by anyone residing in the Greater London area.

If you would like to register for an appointment, please call between 10am and 5.30pm on weekdays.
When you refer yourself to Help Counselling, we will take some details, including your name, contact number, and times when you’re available to attend, as well as asking you a few questions about your mental health history.

The more flexible you can be in terms of your availability, the quicker we can usually offer a session. There tends to be a longer wait for evening sessions. Sessions are available Monday to Friday from 10am, with final sessions at 7:30pm (8:30pm on Thursdays). We also have sessions on Saturday from 11am, with final sessions at 2pm.

If your mental health history seems very complex, we will most likely consider it in your best interests to seek counselling with a qualified therapist. If this is the case, we will suggest other services that provide such support.

If you are offered therapy at Help, your first appointment will be an initial assessment. This provides an opportunity to meet with your counsellor and discuss what you are seeking counselling for. If after the initial assessment both you and the counsellor are happy to work together, then you’ll sign an initial contract for 6 sessions. There may be the possibility to extend following a review. Your appointment will take place at the same time, on the same day, each week.

Delivered by: Help Counselling Centre
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

Counselling – Woman’s Trust
Woman’s Trust is a charity that provides free counselling and therapy for female survivors of domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and other forms of domestic abuse.

Employment Training & Support Services for people with MH needs

Delivered by: SMART
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster

LGBT Mental Health Advocacy
One to one mental health advocacy and support with self care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people 16+. The project will also provide awareness training to local professionals and agencies

Like the Old Days Club for Older African Men
The “Like the Old Days” Club meets fortnightly and brings older African men together to enjoy traditional hot meals in each others company; access information, and to share experiences. The club also supports members through telephone support, outreach, days out and drop in sessions.

Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea

Mental Health Project – Al-Hasaniya
One to one support for WOMEN; practical (information and advice) and emotional. Increase mental health awareness through monthly group work/talks.

Delivered by: Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea

Mental Health Project – Midaye
The project gives support to people from BME communities experiencing emotional upset and distress, but without a formal mental health diagnosis; face to face sessions in clients own mother tongues by volunteers trained to be active listeners and to offer non-judgemental support

Delivered by: Midaye Somali Development Network
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea

Online Peer Support: Elefriends
Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard

Delivered by: Kensington & Chelsea Mind
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham

Positive Steps: Peer Information and Advice Service
Mind is often the first port of call for people suffering or affected by mental health issues. This peer support I&A service aims to improve access to advice, information and services, signposting people affected by mental distress, including family members, partners/spouses, neighbours and friends to the appropriate services and support

Delivered by: Kensington & Chelsea Mind
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea

Queens Park Community Theatre
A weekly mental health community theatre project, with a focus on a different aspect of mental health each quarter. The project will support people to build their confidence and reflect on ways they can manage and take action on their mental health, with the group doing four performances over the year

Delivered by: Paddington Development Trust
Where we work: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster

A mindfulness group for older people that gives service users the tools to re-connect with the present moment, and be more in control of their health and wellbeing

Delivered by: K&C Forum for Older Residents
Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea

Seated Massage
Centre based (at SMART and ADKC) massage sessions and a limited number of home based sessions. Options will include seated massage, Indian Head massage, reflexology, or Reiki. By appointment on The 4th Thursday of the month, 1-5pm at SMART AND the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:15-5:15pm at ADKC.

Delivered by: SMART
Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea


SMART is a charity supporting people affected by mental illness on their path to recovery. Mondays – discussion group and light refreshments, 6-9pm. Wednesday – Film Club and popcorn 6-9pm Thursdays – Quiz Night, 6-9pm. Saturdays – Scrabble club and home cooked meal, open 10-4pm, live music once a month Sundays – Sunday roast and Creative space twice a month, open 10-4pm

Delivered by: SMART
Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea

Volunteering on Prescription
A client-led programme developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of 40 volunteers with stable mental health needs, enabling them to exercise more control over their health and well-being and support others to do the same. A wide-range of activities will be co-designed and co-delivered by the volunteers.

Delivered by: Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea
Where we work: Queen’s Park & Paddington, Kensington & Chelsea