There’s so much that we can do in our daily lives to make us more resilient to life’s ups and downs. Connecting with others, taking a bit more exercise, stimulating the brain, giving, and paying more attention to the present moment all aid good mental wellbeing. And now www.mentalhealthcamden.co.uk makes it much easier to find what’s available in the borough, with details of local community centres and specialist groups, clubs and courses, workshops and volunteering opportunities. Many of these are free or low-cost, and some might be taking place just around the corner from where you live!
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The National Algerian Centre aims to provide activities and services to the Algerian community in the UK as well as promoting the unique traditions and diverse culture of Algeria to the wider public.
Ageing Better in Camden is a partnership of older people and Camden organisations, working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people. Each month we produce various event/activities leaflets for older people. Get your copy here. We have also compiled a list of befriending services in Camden.
We offer help with job seeking, housing, health, drugs and alcohol, counselling, debt and advocacy advice and services, and social events. Our team will spend time listening to you, considering what sort of support you need and how we may be able to help. Here are some videos that show some of our work. And here are some stories from people Scotscare has helped.
- Our voices - raising the voices of people aged 60+ to ensure they have a say in issues that affect them.
We serve people in Camden, 60 years and over, on low incomes, who live on their own, are socially isolated or who may be living with a long-term health condition or disability. Activities include weekly socials, computer classes, craft, signing, chair-based excecises and health talks. Our members also benefit from reduced priced events, tea dances and coach trips. We work closely with the West Euston Time Bank (a sister organisation and charity) that has members of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic origins.
We are a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and Open University. You can talk to us about anything – big or small – in complete confidence. We won’t judge you or tell you how to run your life: we’ll simply listen to whatever is on your mind.
All our volunteers are students themselves, who have undergone extensive training and who understand that university life isn’t always plain sailing.
We are an arts and health charity based at the Kentish Town Health Centre providing arts and wellbeing activities for the patients of the James Wigg and Queens Crescent Practices as well as members of the Camden community. Our services range from weekly activities such as Dance for Parkinson's and Baby Singalong to one off or termly arts workshops. Some are designed and delivered by therapists whereas others are delivered by artists and facilitators but have a therapeutic approach. Read about our projects.
With WISH Plus you can receive a package of support for Warmth, Income, Safety and Health services - WISH. Services include: energy efficiency improvements visits; advice for those who have benefits issues and need help with an appeal; home security checks; and help for those living with anxiety or stress. Read more about WISH Plus.
Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a health promotion charity based in Islington, but open to all. Our mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the support they need for better health and wellbeing. We run a variety of activities, the majority of which are free or low cost. Most activities are evening and weekend events based in and around Islington. Watch the introductory video and check-out our forthcoming events.
There are lots of different ways to fit physical activity into your routine, with many free and low-cost activities available across the borough. The Get active and healthy page at Camden Council's website is a great place to start.
The partnership aims to improve local people’s opportunities in health, employment and community life. We deliver a highly successful careers advice service that covers the London Borough of Camden. Our One Stop Shop is a safe and supportive environment with free computer access and study facilities and our wellbeing projects are a vital force for promoting health and social cohesion. Read more about our work and sign up for the monthly newsletter.
We are an amateur choir specialising in the polyphony and plainchant of the Roman Catholic church. Our home is the lovely church of Our Lady, in St John’s Wood, London. We have a huge collection of masses so music is rarely repeated within three years. This means that the members must be able to read music accurately. However, perfect sight reading is not absolutely necessary and a love of the genre is more important than encyclopaedic knowledge.
Originally set up for the over 50s in Somers Town, The Magdalen Club at St Mary’s Church is now open to all. Open each Tuesday from 1.30pm to around 3.30pm, it is a place for meeting others, playing bingo and having tea and cake. There is no charge. Just come along.
Thrive is a small national charity which uses gardening to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing. Watch this video to find out more about their work.
From Battersea Park, Thrive welcomes keen and budding gardeners of all abilities. Read about Thrive's events programme at Battersea.
Do you live in Camden? Would you like to take part in a community-based course, workshop or activity? Or perhaps you would like to get fitter, or share your skills and experiences through a volunteer scheme to help others?
Healthy Minds offers free access to a wide range of activities to help you discover an activity that’s enjoyable and just right for you. And, if you need a hand deciding, a Healthy Minds navigator or sports buddy will help.
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There are programmes for under 5s; young people and those over 55. Activities are focused around responding to local needs, and encouraging people from all walks of life to get involved in activities which will build social cohesion. The over 55s programme is run from the Millman Street Community Centre, which includes performance, arts and crafts, and excercise.
Maiden Lane is a vibrant community centre based in Camden. The Centre caters for a wide range of interests and age groups in the community. The programme of activities are particularly helpful for those residents looking to get back into work.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, improve your mental and physical wellbeing, and learn new skills whilst improving your local environment. With a relaxed atmosphere, you can work at your own pace and there are activities to suit all levels of experience and fitness. In Camden, The Conservation Volunteers - 'TCV' - work across a large number of sites in the borough, from tiny hidden nature areas, often unseen by the public, to major public spaces like Primrose Hill and Regent's Park.
Swiss Cottage Community Centre provides facilities for recreation and leisure-time activities with the aim of maintaining and improving the conditions of life for the residents of Swiss Cottage. There are activities and support for the over 60s including a social club and exercise, a dedicated play area for under 5's, language classes including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), a range of holistic therapies, room hire, and a community cafe with outdoor terrace.
The Wellbeing Club is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at Chinese Elders who wish to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Through our programme of fun and informative activities, talks and exercise classes, we wish to give attendees the awareness, knowledge and means to improve their own health and so prevent more acute problems from arising later in life. The Wellbeing Club is also a safe, friendly and open social space, giving our attendees a platform to make new friends.
Activities include: English classes, ballet, capoera, business start-up training, legal advice, massage and relaxation for over 50s, beginners' meditation, yoga, legal and housing advice.
Our aim is to improve the quality of life of local residents through the active involvement of people living in the King’s Cross and Brunswick area of Camden. We aim to do this without making any distinction on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation and race, or of political, religious or other opinions. We have a Youth Team, Community Programme and help young women - programmes are designed to support residents so that they become more independent and confident.
Kingsgate Community Centre offers low-cost activities to people who would not otherwise be able to access them. Our programme of more than 45 activities includes health and fitness, art and dance classes, and social events.
Kove is an independent community group for older people in Kilburn and West Hampstead. The group offers support for older people including local walks, multi media projects and linking people within the community.
We are part of Ageing Better in Camden, a partnership of older people and Camden organisations, working together to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people.
Offers legal and social advice in relation to benefits, immigration, family, housing, and employment law, as well as opportunities to acquire life-long skills and a place to meet people, share ideas and enjoy the rich culture of Latin America.
Wellbeing Services (Day Centre). This runs three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Kennedy Hall at the The London Irish Centre - address opposite. The service is for people over the age of 55 with low-medium support needs. We offer a warm Irish welcome and provide:
- Home cooked nutritious meals
- Healthy Living
- Day trips
- Tea dances
We are a community association offering a range of activities for all ages, including events for those 60 years and over such as bingo and yoga classes, 'knit and natter', and we also host a befriending scheme. Our priorities include reducing the impact of isolation among people over 60, promoting healthy life styles - especially through encouraging regular exercise - and creating a sense of local ownership, by giving people more say in what is happening in their community.
We enable young people and adults living on and around Alexandra and Ainsworth estates to discover their talents, passion, skills and confidence to overcome the barriers they face to social and economic inclusion.
We run two programmes:
We provide a community centre and garden which enable local people to mix, socialise and improve their quality of life. The Centre has a thriving programme which includes: Community Gardening, where you can grow some veg to take home or share with other volunteers and friends; a ‘Living Lab’, with food grown on-site for the Centre’s café; Gardening for Older People, which takes place every Friday; and a Bangladeshi Women’s Garden
A community centre which has a variety of activities, social outings and an elderly adults club.
The centre also has a personalised home care service for elderly Chinese people in Camden.
Our workshop offers woodwork (joinery, turning, sculpture, marquetry etc) in open sessions on Tuesdays 10am-4pm (men only) and Wednesdays 10am-4pm (mixed) and in a closed tutored session for people needing support on Mondays 1.30-4pm. (Access on Mondays is by calling Alan on 07429 651 676). We also offer a clay hand-building class which meets each Wednesday from 2-4pm.
In the heart of Camden Town, Castlehaven Community Association delivers a programme of group activities, sports and outings, and has a young people's project for those seeking employment.
Get fit at the same time as doing good deeds. GoodGym runners are paired with isolated older people and they run to see them each week for a quick neighbourly visit. Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life. Over a million older people are always or often lonely, going for months without seeing friends or family. You could make a massive difference to their life by dropping in for 20 minutes as part of your run.
Henna Asian Women’s Group is a community-based organisation that was set up over 30 years ago by Asian women migrating from India, Pakistan and East Africa.
By participating in the various services, women who may otherwise be socially isolated can interact and engage with like-minded individuals with whom they may share certain customs, values and attributes. Over time the group has built a strong communication network, where they have developed friendships with one another and respect for each other’s differences.
The Bengali Workers Association is a community centre offering a range of individual and group activities as well as support for the Bengalese community.
Drop in or book an activity using the contact details below.
The Community Association for West Hampstead is a 'hub' for the community to come together and take part in a range of fun and exciting activities which include a film club, yoga and art classes. For older people we offer information and support to maintain independence, and our Keeping Active Together promotes good health.