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 a charity supporting arts and community initiatives within Kentish Town Health Centre. We work in partnership with the James Wigg Practice, 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 community workshops and projects. Have a look at our website for more information. http://freespaceproject.org/
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.
Service update: To ensure the safety of our members, staff and volunteers, the Healthy Minds Community Programme has suspended all of its fact-to-face services for the time being, but we are far from inactive. Over the past three months, we have worked together with the Camden Resilience Network to develop the Healthy Minds: Digital Collective your one-stop-shop for the very best FREE online events, activities, courses, peer support groups and socials the borough has to offer.
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.
During the coronavirus outbreak affecting the UK, Maiden Lane Community Centre management has decided to close the Centre and suspend Centre-related activities until further notice. In response to the COVID- 19 outbreak Maiden Lane Community Centre is working with a range of partners to re-open our Food Bank.
As expected and regretfully, our normal Camden Green Gym volunteering opportunities for health, wellbeing and conservation have had to be suspended! To keep in mind for post corona virus times: New volunteer referrals will be welcome once the social isolation period ends!
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 offering support and linking people within the community. We run local forums, bench to bench walks, a film club and other activities. All older people welcome.
We also campaign on local issues facing older people.
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 immigration, European Settlement Scheme, English classes, and general support in how to navigate life in the UK.
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 bingo, singing, yoga exercises, and "knit & natter", plus Stay & Play sessions for parents/carers and pre-school children. Our priorities include reducing the impact of isolation among people over 60, promoting healthy lifestyles 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.
Due to government advice regarding Covid-19, we have made the tough decision to close the Community Centre and halt all our activities. Our staff and volunteers work face to face with hundreds of vulnerable people each year, to continue our reach we have moved our work to email or over the telephone, until it is safe to return to normal working practices. Please regularly check our website and social media for Castlehaven news. We are currently developing measures to help the community during this difficult time. Please stay safe and healthy.
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.