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York Mind Activities 2019/20:

Below is a list of our upcoming activities at York Mind. If you would like to enrol on any of these activities please complete our enrolment form. 

MHWAP Enrolment Form

For further information, or for support to refer, please contact the York Mind Activities Team on 01904 643364-Option 5, or email activities@yorkmind.org.uk

Move The Masses-Pop up Fitness Groups (Day and Evening Sessions)

Are you trying to improve your fitness? Are you looking for a weekly outdoor group to join?

Circuits

Our fantastic partner Move The Masses are delivering weekly afternoon and evening fitness sessions, in a number of community locations. Please see the Move The Masses page-LEFT for full dates and locations. If you are interested in joining please give us a call on 01904 643364 option 5, or drop in to a session.

Mindfulness Practice Group

Have you attended a Mindfulness course at York Mind? Would you like to refresh your practice, or keep on practicing?Mindful Practice Group

We are offering a monthly practice group to meditate, discuss challenges with being mindful and practice mindfulness skills together as a group. This group is open to anyone who has attended a Mindfulness course before.

Start Date: Ongoing

Date: Second Tuesday of every month

Time: 5:15pm for coffee and a catch up. (The group starts with meditation at 5:30pm – you won’t be able to join the group during this, please arrive by then)

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York YO30 6BP

Cost: Free  

Assertiveness Skills

Do you find yourself saying YES when you really mean NO? Would you like to communicate your views and ideas in ways that enable you to feel heard and respected?Assertiveness

Our 8 week Assertiveness course will teach you techniques to help you speak up for yourself, with confidence, whilst communicating in an honest and respectful manner with others.

The content of the course will look at dealing with conflicts, making compromises and achieving better communication.

Becoming more assertive can boost your self-esteem and respect for yourself, as well as having a positive impact on your relationships.

Date:  1st May-26th June 2020 (no class 8th May-homework week)

Day:  Fridays

Time: 10.30am—12noon

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York, YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

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Sunday Coffee Club

Looking for something to do at the weekend? Fancy a hot drink and a chat with others?Coffee Club

Join us at 30 Clarence Street for our weekly Sunday Coffee Club!

Our Coffee Club offers a friendly and welcoming space, where you can drop in for refreshments, meet new people and have a chat. We will also be running a few fun-themed events too and a monthly quiz!

Socialising with other people can help reduce isolation and be beneficial for mental health and well-being.

No initial referral necessary. Just pop along and see us!

Come along, we look forward to meeting you!

Date: To be confirmed

Day: Sundays

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: 30 Clarence Street, York YO31 7DE

Cost: Free to attend (charges are made for refreshments)

Well-being Art and CraftsEaster crafts

Come along to our friendly group and have the opportunity to learn or practice your skills

You can do your own thing, or follow a set project! 

  • Celebrate rebirth and new beginnings by sewing, wet or dry felting an Easter egg
  • Get back to basics and create a simple papier-mache bowl
  • Look to the small things we are grateful for in life, to inspire a Nature- sewn or felted brooch
  • Mix wonderful colours, in an imaginative acrylic landscape painting 

Dates: To be Confirmed

Day: Thursdays

Time: 1:30-3pm

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York YO30 6BP

Cost: Free 

Spring Social WalkSpring Walk

Come and join us on our social walk along the scenic River Ouse. Walk lasts between 45mins-1 hour, and we will then stop for refreshments in the Reading Café.                                                                              

The route is accessible by the river and over Millennium Bridge.

To book a place, or for more info, please contact York Mind Activities on 01904 643364 option 5, or email; activities@yorkmind.org.uk

Date: To be Confirmed

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Starting at Clifford's Tower (YO1 9SA), finishing at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe (YO23 1JU)

Cost: Free 

Sunday Coffee Club Quiz

Join our friendly, fun and interactive Monthly Quiz at the Coffee Club.Quiz

Each month we have new quiz questions and set themes, ranging from music and films, to history and famous people.

There is a prize for the best team!

No referral is necessary to join the club or quiz.

Why not pop along and give it a go!

Date: To Be Confirmed

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: 30 Clarence Street, York YO31 7DE

Cost: Free to attend (charges are made for refreshments)

Confidence and Resilience

Would you like to feel more confident and in control of your life? Do you feel that you are missing out and not able to move forward?C and R

Our facilitated 6 week course will look at practical ways of managing emotions by exploring how we think and behave. In doing this we will be able to reflect on how we could change our thoughts in order to feel more confident, resilient and connected.

As a group, we will look at the barriers we face, and explore coping strategies to support positive well-being.

Come along and take a step on the path to a more confident life!

Date:  Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

Creative Writing

Unleash your imagination; invent characters to light up your short stories, explore the poet within, or write about your life experiences. Creative Writing

All explored in a relaxed atmosphere, which is designed to share ideas and make writing fun. Creativity is clinically recognised as being beneficial for mental health, including recovering from depression and  anxiety.

Why not give it a go? Set your inner storyteller free and sign up today.

Date: Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

Food and Mood

Gain Healthy Eating tips and nutrition information. Learn how to improve your health and well-being by what you eat. Feel confident cooking quick and easy, low cost healthy recipesFood and Mood

Our Food and Mood group explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, including tips on how to include healthy eating in your life.

Through both theory and practical cooking lessons, the group aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of diet and nutrition and how the food you eat can affect your mental and physical health.

Date:  Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: Location to be confirmed

Cost: Free 

Gardening

Do you like gardening and being outdoors in nature? Would you like to support a local community project?Gardening

No experience of gardening is necessary to join, as we will work and learn together as a group. All equipment is provided. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors. You may get dirty!

Gardening can have positive benefits for health, including reducing stress levels and promoting better sleep.

Date:  Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: Location to be confirmed

Cost: Free 

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At our baking group, you will have the chance to meet others and whip up some healthy baking and treats to enjoy.

We will be making a range of healthy treats, cakes and much more- all reduced fat or sugar free recipes!

Part of each session will focus on Peer Support. Sharing similar experiences and supporting each other, as we bake together.

Date:  Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: Location to be confirmed

Cost: Free 

 

MindfulnessMindfulness

Mindfulness is about living in the moment and learning to be more present in life. It can help you learn to accept thoughts and experiences, just as they are, without judging or worrying about them. Mindfulness is clinically proven to reduce depression and anxiety, improve your well-being and support physical health. Our 8 week facilitated course will provide you with practical strategies and techniques to live your life more mindfully.

Date:  Further dates to be confirmed

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

Poetry and Motivation

Do you like reading? Are you looking to meet new people? Then our Poetry and Motivation course could be for you!Poetry and Motivation

This is an informal, interactive course where participants will read short pieces of poetry, quotes or verse and reflect as a group and individually on the meaning of the words.

The 6 week course looks at the responses we have to what is written, the meaning we take from it, the common threads that we share in the group and whether it helps us process feelings and thoughts internally.

Research suggests that reading and processing the written word may help reduce stress, boost concentration and improve low mood.

Dates: Further dates to be confirmed

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York, YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

Peer Support Group

Are you looking for ways to improve your well-being? Do you want to meet and share with people in a similar situation to you?4Y1A5594

Our Peer Support Groups meet weekly and give members a chance to share their feelings and experiences with others, in a safe space. Over the course of the groups, members can explore different topics i.e, ways to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing, coping strategies, etc, alongside people they can relate to. 

The groups are facilitated by a member of York Mind staff.

For further information please see our Mental Health Peer Support Page.

Dates: Further dates to be confirmed

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York, YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

Singing Group

Would you like to engage with others while expressing  yourself through festive song?Sing

Then come along and sing with other people in a relaxed and friendly session. Come along and join in singing group!

The songs will leave you feeling good and help you to grow in confidence and express yourself. The session will include all the lyrics and music for the songs.

No previous experience of singing needed, and the tutor is experienced in working sensitively with people with a range of needs.

So don’t be shy, sign up today!

Date:  Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: Location to be confirmed

Cost: Free 

 

Structured Peer Support Group

Are you looking for ways to improve your well-being? Do you want to meet and share with people in a similar situation to you?Day Peer Support

Our Well-being Peer Support Group provides a structured weekly space, for members to share their feelings and experiences with others.  

Over the course of the 9 week group, members will work together and explore ways to improve their self-esteem, manage emotions and learn techniques and strategies to boost their health and emotional well-being.  The group is facilitated.

It is all about You!

Start Date: Future dates to be confirmed

Day: Mondays

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York, YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

Yoga

An 8 week course in Yoga, breathing and relaxation techniquesYoga

Yoga is a gentle form of exercise, which helps to unwind the stresses; mental, emotional and physical, that we experience from day to day life.

It helps us to move mindfully, listen to our bodies, can improve flexibility, strength, and can have a positive effect on our mood and general well-being.

Date:  Future dates to be confirmed

Venue: York Mind, Highcliffe House, Highcliffe Court, York YO30 6BP

Cost: Free

1If I don't live in York, can I still access York Mind Activities?

The Activities programme is funded for residents of the City of York Council boundary. (This means that you pay your Council Tax to City of York Council.)

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for the programme please check your postcode area here: www.york.gov.uk/wards 

2How many activities can I join?

You can enrol on as many activities as you wish. However, we ask that you prioritise the activities you would like to access by putting the most important one first. We will try and meet your first preferred choice, where possible. However, this is dependent on a number of factors including:

  • If you are new to the project and haven't accessed anything before;
  • Spaces available

3When will I know if I have a space on my chosen activity?

We aim to allocate places 2 weeks before the activity start date (please note: If you have not accessed our activities programme before your enrolment will be prioritised). This is to ensure we have sufficient enrolments for the activity and to check that you are still interested and can attend. In some cases, you may hear from us quite close to the start date for example, if a place has become available due to someone else being unable to attend.

If you do not hear from us by the course start date please assume you have not been successful in obtaining a place on the specific activity.

4What if I can't attend every week of an activity?

By accepting a place on an activity you are committing to attending all or most of the sessions.  however, if you are unable to attend (due to illness/prior appointments) then please let us know by calling 01904 643364 Option 5- Activities

As activity places are in demand and we often have people on waiting lists, regular attendance is important.

5What facilities are available at York Mind?

York Mind’s activity rooms are on the first floor of the building, there is a lift available. We have a downstairs accessible toilet and two upstairs toilets near our activity rooms. There is limited parking close to the building and although we do not have any designated disabled spaces we may be able to reserve a space outside the building if you have access needs.  however, this may not always be possible. 

Free teas, coffee and water are available during activities (with the exception of the coffee club). You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you require these.

We also have free public WiFi  available

Please make the Activities Team aware if you have any access needs and we will try and assist. 

6Do I have to enrol online- or are there other options?

If you are unable to enrol on-line you can call the Activities Team on 01904 643364 Option 5 Activities to complete the form over the phone, or ask for a copy to be sent to you. You can also email the team at: activities@yorkmind.org.uk , to request a form by email or mail.

Upcoming events

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2ndAug

2nd August 2020, 8:00 - 12:00

York 10k 2020

We’re delighted to be an official partner charity for the York 10k for the fifth year!
Find out more about running for York Mind at the York 10k here. Read more

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