Camden Council coordinates all of the community mental health services available to children and young people in the borough under the name Open Minded. There are a wide range of different ways to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, including advice and support for parents, a range of types of counselling and therapy for children, and therapeutic work with the family as a whole. Occasionally, if needed, medication can be prescribed.
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Abbey Community Centre - CHAPS offers group fitness and sport activities for men over 50 including:
- time banking.
They also offer a Cocaine Anonymous support group.
Free and confidential time-limited individual and group psychotherapy/counselling to people 55 and over who are registered with a GP surgery in Camden. The services are open to people of all ethnic and cultural groups, and those who identify as LGBT. Home visits can be arranged for people with limited mobility. Counselling is also offered to people with dementia in the early stages or with memory issues. Weekly regular sessions can provide valuable and confidential support where people can begin to explore any difficult feelings or concerns they may have.
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.
ALAG is a community organisation working in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector to highlight the needs of people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). We provide valuable social support to high functioning but vulnerable adults on the autism spectrum across London. This includes providing information, advice and guidance to our members and supporting them to access services and engage in their community.
The Albert Kennedy Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. Every day we deal with the effects homelessness can have on young people's lives.
We provide a range of services to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our services include developing young people's skills and providing the resources they need to secure sustainable and safe housing.
Our work includes advice, family mediation, first contact and schools work - complementing the work of Depaul's Nightstop programme which provides a bed for a night for a young person in crisis.
Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity offering assistance with finding barristers. They match members of the public who need help, with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise in deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.
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.
Bipolar UK Camden Support Group offers support to anyone affected by bipolar, including family, friends and carers. The group is run by Bipolar UK and our volunteer co-facilitators (who are affected by bipolar themselves) lead the meetings.
Black Women's Rape Action Project - or BWRAP - offer fortnightly self-help services for women and girls seeking asylum from rape and other abuse. In-depth support service is available by appointment only.
Borderline is the only organisation specifically helping homeless Scots in London, and our vision is that every Scot in London will have a home and receive the support they need to lead a healthy, independent life. Our primary objectives are:
We offer free and confidential help and advice for young people aged 12 to 24, and their parents and carers. Our work includes counselling and psychotherapy, multisystemic therapy and parenting programmes for parents and carers of 12 to 16-year-olds with difficult behaviour.
The Brandon Reach project service is for those who have lost their child through special guardianship or adoption and we offer individual therapy, group work, collective action, supportive counselling and signposting and linking to other services.
The British Red Cross Camden Reablement service provides short-term practical and emotional support to vulnerable and isolated people at home. Read about the Red Cross's work in London and its Support at Home service in Camden.
If you are a health and social care commissioner, please look at our information for commissioners.
We help refugees and asylum seekers access essential services and adapt to life in a new country. We offer short-term emergency support, advice, provisions and English classes.
The Friday Club (drop-in club) is a service run by C4WS Homeless Project and the King’s Cross Methodist Church. It opens every Friday between 11am and 2pm offering a safe and welcoming space for those people in need. This includes street homeless, those who have previously been homeless, those living below the poverty line and those who are socially isolated.
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
We provide key work sessions, group work and complementary therapies. We can plan detoxification and funded treatments. We provide support and assistance in achieving your own personal goals. Individuals can self-refer. The service is confidential and operates an equal opportunities policy.
We are a bereavement service that offers counselling for people living in Camden, the City, Islington and Westminster.
Camden Carers Service offers advice, support and activities for family and upaid carers across the borough.
Services include advice, advocacy, training, an older carers project, a younger adult carers project (18-25), counselling, health checks and workshops, social outings and groups.
We provide support, care and referral for people with mental health, substance misuse and homelessness problems who are usually engaging in street drinking. This service is run by Thames Reach.
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.
There are lots of different ways to fit physical activity into your daily 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.
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.
Camden Health Improvement Practice (CHIP) is a specialist primary health care service for homeless people and those on the verge of becoming homeless.
CHIP combines the expertise of GPs and nurses with Turning Point's values and experience of supporting people with various needs concerning substance misuse and mental health.
- Counselling for all genders – up to 15 weekly sessions of domestic abuse exploratory counselling
Camden Hub is Camden’s mental health wellbeing centre, from where our 6-8 week prevention service and personalised and recovery focused activities are run.
We also have a Floating support service where we work one-on-one to support people to live independently. We provide emotional and practical support for adults experiencing mental health problems; day opportunity services; and targeted one-on-one prevention work with vulnerable adults. The nature of this support varies hugely from person-to-person.
Counselling offers you the chance to talk to a counsellor one-to-one, in confidence and in a safe environment.
They will listen in a non-judgemental way. They will not tell you what to do, but will help you to explore the options open to you.
Your sessions with a counsellor will be once a week for 50 minutes. Initially you will come in for a free assessment and then you will be offered between 12-24 sessions.
Crisis Listening is for anyone in emotional distress or needing to off-load a problem. You can walk in off the street and talk to someone in confidence. CLCC has an "open door" policy, so if you're in need, please drop in or call us to see if a counsellor is available to listen to you now.
A service for men so that they can explore issues relevant to them, such as: relationships, loss, anger, work issues, fatherhood, stress, in a way which allows them to make progress with life's everyday challenges.
- Reduce the stigma of dementia
- Have a say in services and policies relevant to us
- Get peer support
The group's activities are very varied, with invited speakers, group discussions, taking part in research - and of course socialising together.
Camden Psychotherapy Unit (CPU) offers psychoanalytic therapy to anyone who is concerned about their emotional difficulties and either seeks therapy for themselves, or is looking for professional help to get a better understanding as to what kind of psychological help would be best for them. We aim to provide specialist comprehensive consultations and short- and long-term psychotherapy.
Our workshop offers woodwork (joinery, turning, sculpture, marquetry etc) in open sessions on Tuesdays 10-4pm (men only) and Wednesdays 10-4pm (mixed) and in a closed tutored session for people needing support on Mondays 1.30-4pm (access on Mondays is by calling Alan on 07429651676). 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.
We provide travel buddies to those who find it difficult to travel independently. Our buddies have similar experiences and will help travellers to feel more confident, developing their skills and self-esteem so that they become more independent travellers.
Activities include lunches, art, pottery, drama, craft, bingo, quizzes, massage, relaxation groups, chair-based gentle exercise, poetry appreciation, Greek Cypriot older women's group, Alzheimer's Society carers group and computer sessions and haircuts.
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
We have both qualified and trainee counsellors or psychologists working in a wide range of therapy options, including: integrative, person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and family therapy.
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a set of informal self-help groups made up of men and women with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives. CoDA is based on AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and uses an adapted version of their 12 Steps and Traditions as a central part of its suggested programme of recovery.
Support and help for those affected by postnatal depression. Services include peer support, counselling and emotional and practical support at home.
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.
Core Arts has 23 years' experience of providing best practice and best value in Mental Health Creative Day Care in London.
Based in Hackney, Core Arts promotes positive mental health and wellbeing through creative learning. We provide quality education, training, employment and social enterprise initiatives that enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfil their potential and participate fully in their community.
We offer creative education courses, and wellbeing through arts, music, sports, culture and education.
If you’re caring for someone with dementia or if you have any other concerns or questions, call or email our Admiral Nurses for specialist support and advice.
We provide homeless families, living in temporary accommodation in the London Borough of Camden, with access to services to secure the emotional and practical support they require to enjoy a good quality of life.
This involves creating opportunities as well as supporting families to make the best use of any opportunities that arise.
Doorstep provides services to families who live in the two hostels above its premises and in other temporary accommodation in the area. Our range of services includes:
We provide 12 women in mental health crisis a residential stay in a domestic setting, as an alternative to acute admission. We also offer non-residential services for women who have stayed previously, such as on-going support groups, peer support space and a range of workshops for women throughout the year. Age range treated: 18+
Support for women experiencing violence, exploitation or trafficking.
An acute service is available which offers support to women with safe house accommodation. This service prioritises those who are unable to access support from any other service.
Other services include a young women's service (for females aged 14-24), outreach supporting those over the age of 25, family advocacy and more.
We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Elefriends, from Mind, the national mental health charity, is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. You can access free, online support wherever and whenever you need it. Read more and watch the video here. Sign up using facebook or your email address
We run a range of exciting youth projects including peer education projects which give young people the opportunity to run their own awareness-raising campaigns, gain new skills and showcase their talent. We do this by developing projects that address isues that affect them, such as community cohesion, healthy living, conflict, drugs and alcohol.
Here are some videos of Fitzrovia Youth in Action.
We offer an assertive outreach service to homeless people and people in hostels, aged 18 years and over.
We will offer you assessment, triage, signposting (if appropriate) and treatment.
The team will advocate on your behalf and support you with social and practical issues. We will do everything that we can to assist you with your health, social wellbeing and physical health issues to help you on your way to recovery and resettlement to more permanent accommodation and linking to services appropriate to your individual needs.
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.
Founded to take only asulum seekers, Freedom from Torture offers counselling, training, rehabilitation, welfare, medico-legal reports, interpreting and information about policy.
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.
We are a valuable voice in health and social care in Camden, with information and advice for local people. We have the power to influence the delivery and design of local services, and we work in partnership with local organisations. We help shape local services not just for the people who use them, but also for anyone who might need to in future.
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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The Helen Bamber Foundation supports refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced extreme human cruelty, such as torture and human trafficking. We provide specialist care to meet the complex needs of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the world. We offer survivors specialist psychological and physical therapy, housing and welfare support, legal protection and creative arts and skills programmes to help people rebuild their lives.
Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, we give them the support they need to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. Our specialist team focuses on the five key areas of an individual’s life: medical, mind, body, spirit and family. We provide support to the whole family to help them all cope with the challenges they face. Long-term recovery is more than repairing damaged bodies and minds; it’s about rebuilding lives.
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.
We are the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London and have the largest team of specialists working to combat human trafficking across the capital and the South East. We help people find a permanent home, manage their finances and take care of their health. We also help access to work, training or education, as well as providing emotional and practical support to help people succeed in their daily lives. Our free mobile app Bright Sky has been developed to support victims of domestic abuse and their families.
Highbury Grove crisis centre supports those with complex needs. Crisis and recovery services provide a valued community alternative to hospital admission for people in crisis as well as short-term transition from hospital to home. Highbury Grove Crisis Centre is a flagship service and is One Housing's only crisis centre. The centre is delivered in partnership with Islington CCG, Islington Council and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust to ensure the service is fully embedded on the integrated crisis pathway.
The Highgate Day Centre is a recovery-focused centre for Camden residents with mental health conditions which provides therapeutic and educational workshops and activities. We currently run a programme of group work in conjunction with 1:1 key-work sessions to help our clients to identify and pursue their recovery goals. The centre itself offers a wide variety of activities including yoga, well-being workshops, photography, and gardening. Groups are run by trained staff, healthcare professionals or peers.
We rehabilitate people with mental health problems by supporting them into employment, work placements, training and education. We support social inclusion, confidence building and preparation for work, for example by giving members ownership and responsibility for the running of the Clubhouse together with staff (The Workday Programme) – co-producing recruitment, publicity, catering, retail, maintenance, administration and finance and other business functions.
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.
We work with people in Camden and Islington who are socially excluded in a variety of ways. Our primary work involves supporting mental health recovery and promoting the active participation within the wider community of homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers. See the Events section to read about weekly 'Open Access' drop-ins at Holy Cross Crypt, and twice-weekly group meetings for refugees and asylum seekers.
Home-Start Camden (HSC) offers free, confidential support, friendship and practical help to parents of children under five in the London Borough of Camden who are going through a difficult time. Once a family has been referred to Home-Start Camden they will be visited by a Home-Start Camden coordinator who will assess the needs of the family. The family will be carefully matched with a trained volunteer with parenting experience who can provide emotional and practical support to the family for 3-4 hours a week.
Hopscotch AWC provides support services for Asian women and other minority women and their families on a wide range of issues including domestic violence, training, employment, housing and welfare benefits. Advisors speak Bengali, Sylheti, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and French. Our services include:
We can teach you ways to help you feel more able to cope with your problems. We offer evidence-based psychological therapies as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Imkaan is a UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against black and minority ethnic women and girls.
Our work includes:
Irish Women Survivors Support Network (IWSSN) supports, advises and campaigns for survivors of the Irish institutional care system who live across the UK.
Bereavement counselling for Jewish people. There are also support groups including:
- Butterflies - for mothers or fathers who have lost a parent.
- Aftershock - for people aged 18-30 who have lost a parent,
- Stepping Stones - for those aged 40-60 who have lost a partner
- After Loss - for people aged 60+ who have lost a partner.
The service has experience in supporting people affected by loss, including suicide, disaster, holocaust issues, sudden infant death, miscarriages, still birth and abortion.
Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East. There are more than 70 centres and services, offering care for more than 7,000 people and their families every week.
Jewish Care offers:
- a helpline
- dementia service
- disability services
- services for holocaust survivors and refugees
- home care
- support and social groups
- mental health services
- respite stays.
Jobs in Mind provides specialist employment support and advice for those in Camden 25 and under struggling with work-related issues caused by stress, anxiety or mental health problems.
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.
Various activites, art therapy, exibitions, creative projects, choir, fashion projects, dance group (Parkinsons). Community services, GPs on site, free space gallery, art therapy, well-being garden, dance for people with parkinson's, aromatherapy massage, cycle maintenance workshops, drawing for people with aphasia
We provide music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for young people and adults experiencing mental health problems. Activities including music production and sound recording, songwriting, composition, vocal technique and performance skills.
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.
Offers advice and information, free clothing and some household goods. Drop-in with tea and coffee served each Monday, from 11.00am - 2.00pm; a meal on Thursday at 11.15am.
Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre (KXCSC) offers training, apprenticeships and employment advice and opportunities.
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.
Ieso Digital Health provides evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) online. Discreet one-to-one therapy is delivered in real time using written (typed) conversation, with patients meeting an accredited therapist in a secure virtual therapy room, at a time and location that is both convenient and comfortable for them.
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.
Live Music Now is a UK-wide initiative, created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker. Our musicians deliver interactive music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings. We also work in special schools, where music can make a huge difference to the lives of children and their families. Our specialist support and training provides young musicians with skills and employment at the start of their professional careers, across all genres of music.
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
Advice & Outreach
London Jesus Centre offers a wide range of activities and services – from mentoring to mums and tots, from maths to money-management, from healing groups to haircuts.
London Jesus Centre's drop-in service, ‘Welcome,’ is aimed at improving the lives of homeless and vulnerably housed people in Camden and Westminster. This is done by meeting people’s material, social, spiritual and emotional needs.
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.
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.
Learning centre with courses including business administration, payroll, project management, digital design, excel, photoshop, powerpoint, web design, digital media, art qualification courses, foundation art and design, painting and drawing, sculpture, creative writing and many more.
Mates in Mind aims to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry. It is led by and for the industry in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council, as well as with other leading organisations and charities such as Mind, Samaritans and Mental Health First Aid England.
Maytree is a registered charity supporting people in suicidal crisis in a non-medical setting. Our mission is to alleviate suffering and help people in suicidal crisis to re-engage with life and to restore hope. The Maytree Suicide Respite Centre is the only place of its kind in the UK. It fills a gap in services, between the medical support of the NHS and the helplines and drop-in centres of the voluntary sector. We offer a free 4-night/5-day stay, and the opportunity to be befriended and heard in complete confidence, without judgement and with compassion and warmth.
Our mission is to put on imaginative events for people of all mental experience. All our events seek to connect our inner and our outer world and ourselves to one another, whoever we may be.
Mental Health Champions are community workers or volunteers who aim to increase mental health awareness among Black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) groups.
They are often of a similar background or culture to the communities they work with.
Champions help to break down stigma and ignorance surrounding mental health issues by talking about mental health; delivering information, advice and guidance; raising awareness and knowledge of services through various activities including workshops, discussions and role plays.
A forum where mental health services users, carers, individual advocates and advocacy organisations can meet Councillors, officers and other workers to see how services can be improved and developed. The topics are chosen by service users.
A range of coproduced activities: peer support; goal setting; counselling; individual, practical, emotional and crisis support; mindfulness groups; access to information technology; subsidised meals; special events; trips. Also includes Hearing Voices Groups. There is also a range of workshops and social spaces available. Here is the January to March 2018 programme.
Weekly support group, helpline, counselling, withdrawal information and advice. We also offer advocacy letters and representation.
Peer support groups, creative workshops, 1-2-1 support, information and signposting, online support forum. Read about Voice Collective's weekly meetings in Camden.
In addition to the service for young voice hearers, we offer support to families and training and coaching for professionals.
Moodgym is an online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is like an interactive, online self-help book which teaches skills based on cognitive behaviour therapy
Nafsiyat offers high quality community-based psychotherapy for people from different cultural backgrounds based in London. Therapeutic help is offered to individuals, families, children and adolescents experiencing psychiatric problems, emotional strain and sexual problems. It also offers training and development of intercultural therapy, working with a number of prestigious universities, colleges and training agencies in London. Read more about our services.
If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system. We are a completely independent community-led group. Anything you tell us is confidential, and you can contact us anonymously if you choose.
Providing a lifeline for London's homeless and vulnerable youths, our day centre offers:
- free employment training
- health and fitness services
- counselling and self-development workshops to homeless youths aged 16-24.
Weekly timetabled services include women's group, family mediation, job searching and employment help (for people not currently in employment, education or training), drug and alcohol counselling, communication skills and general counselling.
The website includes videos, tips for beginners and easy to follow steps to improve your health, plus details of the 'Strength and Flex' programme, which will help your wellbeing in just five weeks.
- autism spectrum conditions and related neurodevelopmental difficulties
- learning disabilities (including borderline or unclearly defined)
- brain injury, sensory and other neurological and neuropsychological difficulties
- a sexual violence prevention service in schools
- family support providing practical support and advocacy for mothers and their children
- play therapy for young children.
Practical, emotional and therapeutic support for adolescent girls at risk in the Orthodox Jewish community
- Advice on immigration, housing, benefits and employment
- Health and counselling services
- English classes and 1-2-1 tuition, IT support and creative workshops.
Opening Doors London (ODL) provides information and support services specifically for older LGBT people in the UK. We are a membership organization providing regular social opportunities across the capital to help develop networks and communities for LGBT people, aged over 50. Members receive a monthly newsletter packed with information and listings for activities and events around the capital, to help build support and social inclusion.
We offer a floating support service for people with mental health issues who live in the Borough of Camden. The service is flexible and works within the mental health recovery model, and offers:
- Our voices - raising the voices of people aged 60+ to ensure they have a say in issues that affect them.
We provide a sanctuary for LGBTQ+ people - somewhere safe where they can be themselves, socialise free from discrimination, receive therapies to improve their mental health, learn new skills and acquire knowledge to improve their quality of life.
PPA offers counselling, family support, an addictions clinic and consultations for the Polish community.
We help people into volunteering, mainstream courses and paid work. We want to enable people who experience mental health issues to overcome barriers, fulfil their potential and feel part of the wider community.
The programme of events includes a range of activities in Camden.
Providence Row tackles the root causes of homelessness to help people get off - and stay off - the streets. We do this by providing:
We provide accommodation for seafarers - both active and retired - as well as ex-servicemen, and other adults in need of accommodation. Established as a Seamen’s Mission of the Methodist Church, Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest (QVSR) is now Britain’s largest provider of accommodation of its kind.
We offer recovery-focused courses and workshops. Self-management tools, to build up resilience and prevent wellbeing deterioration, are always part of each learning opportunity. We offer a range of courses falling into five topic areas: Introduction to recovery principles; Understanding experiences of health conditions; Physical health and wellbeing; Building self-confidence; and Returning to work and study. Check out the variety of courses on our website.
National charity offering support for women, children and men who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Refuge works closely with a number of other charities including Women's Aid. Our Helpline is open 24 hours a day, on 0808 2000 247
The Centre provides psychotherapy, counselling and associated treatments to refugees and asylum seekers in their own language. The Centre endeavours to help people to deal with and overcome psychological problems in a creative, supportive and caring environment in which they can better understand their feelings and experiences. Through this support they are able to feel more content about themselves. We offer individual, couple, family and group therapy, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy, based on an assessment of need.
Remploy is an organisation in the United Kingdom which provides employment placement services for disabled people. It is a major welfare-to-work provider, delivering a range of contracts and employment programmes, for people with substantial barriers to work.
How can Remploy help me?
A range of videos showcase the work undertaken by the company.
Advocacy. This independent mental health advocacy service in Camden supports people who have been assessed as lacking mental capacity to make important decisions and have no one to represent them. This may include people living with dementia or people with long-term mental health problems who do not have close friends or suitable support available to them. We also offer a wide range of factsheets on a range of mental health topics. Call 020 3317 7197, 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday.
We work with non-UK nationals that are vulnerable, and not eligible to access services in the UK to assist in getting them off the streets. The service is run by St Mungo’s and commissioned by the Greater London Authority.
If you are sleeping rough you can self-refer to Streetlink. There is also information on this site specifically for rough sleepers or those at risk of sleeping rough about how to return home.
The Central London branch provides emotional support round the clock for anyone experiencing feelings of distress, despair or who is in crisis. Samaritans provides a safe space. As volunteers we’re ordinary people, and keep all our conversations private. Visitors are welcome 365 days a year. You don't need an appointment and the service is completely free of charge.
SANE provides care and emotional support to people with mental health problems, their families and carers. SANE provides support in a number of ways including a daily helpline service (SANEline), a free text-based support service (TextCare) and an online supportive forum where anyone can share their experiences of mental health. Read about SANE's services and support options.
One-to-one befriending and advocacy, helping service users access services, integrate into the community and seek asylum. Many service users become volunteers.
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.
National organisation supporting girls and women affected by self-injury or self-harm.
Our Resource Hub is a collection of guidance, research and useful educational tools from many different sources and provides a wealth of information for those that self-injure, concerned others and professionals.
Self management programmes and courses for people suffering from long term conditions that affect their physical and/or mental health.
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:
The service is designed to provide focused one-to-one support and counselling to clients who are self harming. This may include alcohol and substance use or suicide issues. SHASPI aims to provide service users with access to healthier mind-sets and be informed to make better choices.
Substandard housing or homelessness can contribute to mental health problems or can make existing problems harder to manage. Shelter provides people with the best possible help to solve their housing problems. Free, accessible advice is available on our website, via the expert advisers on our helpline, and in our face-to-face advice centres.
Find out more by contacting Shelter's London Public Advice Line.
Our service supports Camden residents who are in recovery from substance use issues. We will help you explore your education, training, volunteering or employment goals and develop a personal plan to help you achieve them. The support we offer varies and is tailored to your individual needs and aspirations. We offer:
Support for people who have been affected by a bereavement by suicide. Support groups are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Helpline - 0300 111 5065 everyday 9am-9pm.
Somali-run community charity based in Kilburn. The Centre aims to create opportunity, education and support to the Somali community in London.
Spiral is an holistic therapy centre offering counselling, psychotherapy and complementary therapy, workshops and trainings.
We offer an email support service providing general information on spiritual crisis and we host a national network of local groups, including Bethnal Green in London, of people with experience, interest or involvement in spiritual crisis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the London group.
Our church is open every day to provide people with space and peace in a busy, and sometimes confusing, city.
Our vision is for St Marylebone to be a place to bring together different practices – spiritual, psychological and physical – in a common quest for healing and wholeness.
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.
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.
Studio Upstairs provides a place for people to express their talents through the arts who, for reasons of mental health difficulties or emotional distress, choose not to participate in traditional arts institutions. Providing artistic resources and education within a therapeutic community setting, we challenge the stigma and prejudice projected onto those experiencing mental and emotional distress.
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.
Based in Swiss Cottage, Overeaters Anonymous South and East England is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. Everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively is welcome to join this group.
Talk for Health was set up to teach the skills and attitudes that allow for more deeply connective talk between people. We help individuals talk more openly, listen more deeply and improve their communication skills. Our programmes are for anyone who wants to understand themselves better, become more effective communicators, enjoy greater emotional well-being, and hone their skills in supporting others.
Up to 16 sessions of psychotherapy and six sessions of link-working to community resources. We also offer GP consultation and training.
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.
The Manna is the outreach ministry of St Stephen's, Canonbury. We offer a drop-in for homeless and marginalised people, offering friendship, advice and support. Evening meals are offered on a Tuesday and lunch on a Wednesday. We have an alcohol worker and connections to the Islington Outreach team. We have a clothes store, showers, a washing machine and tumble drier (£1 per wash). Activities include gardening, cooking classes, women's group, art, choir, table tennis, pool and poetry group.
We run London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people. We welcome and treat clients with respect and dignity, and find out what they need and want.
We offer professional and appropriate advice and help according to the client’s needs and aspirations. We agree an action plan with clients which is time-limited with the aim of supporting clients out of homelessness.
Our mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. We do this by:
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. Here is the full programme. Our members also benefit from reduced priced events, tea dances and coach trips.
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.
TOP UK runs a network of self-help therapy groups for people living with phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and other related anxiety disorders. Our groups use a type of behaviour therapy which is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles and the work of Professor IM Marks. In many cases there is a long waiting list for therapy on the NHS but you should be able to access a TOP group immediately.
United Response provides a range of support services for adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs or physical disabilities. This includes person-centred support, help with job seeking, living independently, getting out and undertaking social activities, holidaying and keeping in touch with family. We help support someone to have a full life within the community.
Mentoring service where the mentor uses their experience to help their mentee through their personal recovery. Mentors may also help service users to identify and reach short-term goals that may include accessing community services, filling in forms and paperwork, and finding out more about support available in Camden.
VoiceAbility hosts Camden frontline's mental health and substance service user group. We want to make mental health and drug and alcohol services in Camden better for others and we need to hear about your experiences so that they can help shape better provision in the future. Join Camden Frontline and help improve drug and alcohol services in Camden. Read about opportunities to get involved in Camden.
Matches volunteers with organisations, helps organisations advertise voluntary positions, advises organisations about managing volunteers, answers questions about volunteering.
WAY offers a unique peer-to-peer support network to anyone whose partner died when they were young. We also have lively social groups that meet up throughout the year for drinks, meals out, walks and picnics.
If you have a question or would like to find out more about WAY, please contact us.
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.
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 run a safe and supportive space for all women, from which we offer advice, information and support across a wide range of topics. Activities include support groups for Somali and Irish women; women living with cancer; a debt advice service and support for job seekers; and classes which include computing for beginners, English, gardening and maths; and we offer aromatherapy and yoga - among many more subjects. Our drop-in support service is also available for local women who want support accessing services and information on what services are available.
Our drop in centre provides immediate services to alleviate the hardships experienced by those sleeping rough. We offer hot breakfasts, showers, laundry, clothing store, haircuts, luggage storage and mail collection as well as access to health workers.
We assess everyone individually and work out the best way to assist - our aim is to get them off the streets and back into accommodation as quickly as possible.
A specialist speech and language therapy team from Whittington Health NHS Trust offers direct help and support to adults with mental health problems who are experiencing communication and/or eating and swallowing difficulties both as in-patients and for people living in the community who are receiving services from Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust.
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.
Women and Health is a community-based health centre that delivers affordable complementary therapies and counselling to women in Camden through a range of projects and services.