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Activities Brochure- July 2021-June 2022 Out Now       brochure 5                     

Lots of fantastic activities to join in with York Mind and our great partners-KYRA, York LGBT Forum, York Theatre Royal, TCV-The Conservation Volunteers, The Wilberforce Trust, York Travellers Trust, The Friends of Rowntree Park, York Carers Centre, Dandelion Arts and Better York.

Why not have a look now........


Mental Health and Well-Being Activities Programme- Year 5 Brochure



York Mind Activities 2021/22:

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 Year 5

For further information, or for support to refer, please contact the York Mind Activities Team on 01904 643364-Option 5, or email


New: Well-Being Workshops- for self development

York Mind will be facilitating a range of well-being workshops over the Summer/Autumn 2021 period. All topics chosen by our clients.

Workshops include:

Workshop 1- Building a Better Relationship with Yourself.  Wednesday 14th July 2021, 1-3pm.

Workshop 2- Assertiveness... or how to say what you actually mean.  Wednesday 28th July 2021, 1-3pm

Workshop 3- Yoga and Relaxation Taster.  Friday 10th September 2021, 4-6pm.

Workshop 4- Coping with Change.  Tuesday 28th September 2021, 1-3pm.

Workshop 5- Dealing with Emotions. Thursday 21st October 2021, 1-3pm.

Well-Being Workshops Summer-Autumn 2021


Sunday Coffee Club                      York Mind Virtual Sunday Coffee Club

Our Sunday Coffee Club is an on going weekly group. Every Sunday 3-5pm on Zoom. 

The club offers a place to chat, meet others and get involved in quizzes and fun games, just as we would face to face. But you wont have to leave your sofa!

Don't worry if you do not have access to the internet. If you have a phone, you can dial in to the conversation. If you need help to access, please let us know and we will talk you through it.

Venue: Initially online via Zoom. Contact 01904 643364-Option 5, or email to access the Zoom instructions.

Cost: Free to attend




Mindful Photography Project       Winter Self Care                             

Our Mindful Photography Project combines photography, nature and awareness. When we are mindful, we are more aware of our surroundings. Photography can support us in slowing down our minds and really noticing things.

Over 5 weeks, you can be part of an online community and  support each other to build confidence, rediscovering the beauty of nature on our doorstep. You will receive tasks, and respond by taking as many photographs, as you like on your chosen device, and sharing them with the group, via online platforms.          

(This project is delivered in partnership with Mindful Photography UK)


Dates: Monday 7th June-5th July 2021

Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free


Pathways to Health and Well-Being 

Has lockdown affected your health and well-being? Would you like to explore ways to look after yourself better?

Mindful Practice Group

Our Pathways to Health and Well-being course offers a range of information and skills sharing, to support positive well-being.  Over 6 weeks we will explore topics including: food and mood, physical and mental activity/ exercise, managing stress and anxiety, mindfulness, sleep and relaxation, and connecting with others. You will have the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with other participants, and support each other to take positive steps towards better self care. Lets grow together!!

Dates: Tuesday 8th June 2021-13th July 2021

Time: 1-2.30pm

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free


Well-Being Peer Support (Evenings)   Wellbeing Peer Support July 2021  

Our well-being peer support groups offer a safe space to connect with others, share experiences and work on topics chosen by the group members. Offered on an evening, the group is confidential and facilitated by a member of York Mind.

The group operates as a closed group. This means no new members will be added after the start date. This enables members to build trust, rapport and connect. Our groups are non-clinical, non-therapy groups, offering a real space to support each other.

Date: 13th July-14th September 2021

Day: Tuesday evening

Time: 6pm-7.30pm 

Venue: Delivered on Zoom Platform

Cost: Free



Hula Hooping in Homestead Park     Hula Hooping            

Our 6 week Hula Hooping class provides participants with a new, unique way to exercise and socialise, all at the same time!  Our talented instructor Jen, has never failed to get even the most disbelieving person hooping.

Classes have a fun, friendly and supportive feel. Jen aims to make sure every person leaves feeling proud of themselves for what they have learnt and achieved.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing, shoes which cover your feet (no sandals), and bring a drink!

Dates: Wednesday 21st July-25th August 2021

Times: 11am-12.30pm                    

Venue: Homestead Park, Water End, York YO30 6WP

Cost: Free


Mindful Walking  Mindful Walking August 2021

Are you looking to improve your health and fitness? Would you like to be more active, meet new people and explore York as a group?

Our group is all about getting out and about in the local York area, focusing our awareness on our surroundings, improving our physical and emotional health and making new friends.

We will engage in short, relaxed walks in various locations across the City.  

Date:  Tuesday 10th August-28th September 2021

Time: 1:45-3:15pm (including refreshment break)

Meeting point: York Explore Library, York, YO1 7DS 

Cost: Free



Managing Anxieties  Managing Anxieties Sept 2021

We all experience stress and anxiety at times. It is a normal part of life.

But too much can adversely affect our health and well-being. Our 8 week course looks at coping strategies to help manage these feelings and help you to identify your personal triggers.

Date:  Wednesday 8th September-27th October 2021

Time: 1-2.30pm

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free


Creative Writing and Poetry Creative Writing September 2021

Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to learn a new skill?

Our 6 week course will help you unleash your imagination, and put pen to paper to bring your stories to life. Creativity is clinically recognised, as beneficial for mental health including recovering from depression and anxiety. Why not give it a go and see what you can do?

Date:  Friday 17th September-22nd October 2021

Time: 1-2.30pm

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free


Evening Mindfulness  Mindfulness Evening Sept 21

Mindfulness is a technique, which involves paying more attention to ourselves in the present moment. Mindfulness can offer positive health benefits helping people to feel calmer, manage stress better, reduce anxiety and help prevent depression.

Over 8 weeks we will explore Mindfulness together. Why not join us and start really living in the here and now!

Date:  Monday 20th September-8th November 2021

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free



Men's Well-Being in Action Group (Peer Support for Men)   Men's Well-Being in Action Group Sept 2021

Talking about our struggles in life isn't always easy. For Men speaking up can be made harder by social expectations and traditional stereotypes on gender... For Men to be strong, courageous, in control and in charge of their emotions. We say " No need to Man up, Just Speak Up".

Our 10 week group will focus on Men's mental health and well-being, providing a safe and supportive space for members to come together and share experiences.

Date:  Wednesday 22nd September-24th November 2021

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free


Zoom Hatha Yoga at York Mind   Zoom Hatha Yoga

An 8 week course in Hatha Yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques

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:  Friday 1st October-29th November 2021

Time: 10.15am-11.30am

Venue: Zoom platform

Cost: Free


Building Confidence and Resilience              Building Confidence and Resilience OCT 2021

Our facilitated 8 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.

Date:  Tuesday 5th October-23rd November 2021

Time: 1-2.30pm

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

Cost: Free


Autumn Arts and Crafts    Autumn Arts and Crafts Sept 21

We are returning to York Mind for our fantastic Arts and Crafts Group. We are focusing on the Autumn season to inspire us and help us create some fantastic pieces of work.

Dates: Thursday 16th September-11th November 2021

Times: 1-2.30pm

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

Cost: Free

More to come- watch this space!








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.) We are also able to accept limited referrals for those living within a 25 mile radius of York, but priority will be given to York residents if groups are oversubscribed.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for the programme please check your postcode area here: 

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: , to request a form by email or post.

7How do I access activities via Zoom?

Due to COVID-19, a number of our activities have moved to being delivered online instead of face to face. York Mind and our partners are committed to ensuring the safety of our participants and our staff during this time, and will be adhering to all government guidance and social distancing guidelines.

We are using Zoom online platforms to deliver activities. Participants will require equipment such as a laptop, PC computer, tablet, I- pad, or a smartphone, and access to the internet, to access the full online groups. For those without the necessary equipment, there is a dial in function, which means you can access the group via the telephone. You will not be able to see the rest of the group, but will be able to hear the content of the group.

If you require support accessing Zoom, York Mind can offer some basic training support. Please enquire at your enrollment assessment.

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