Activity Groups (Aylesbury)

Activity Groups

All of our groups are currently held at Granville Street Church Hall and are supported by experienced Wellbeing Workers and fully trained volunteers. The social aspects of the groups are as important as the activity and enable people to try new things in a supportive environment with others who have had similar experiences. All standard materials and resources are provided. A full timetable for easy reference is available here.

Members Drop In

Our Drop Ins are social groups for Buckinghamshire Mind members, offering a safe, comfortable and fun place to socialise, share experiences and receive support.

The groups are primarily intended for people with more severe and long standing mental health issues who need structure and support in order to stay well. We maintain a recovery focus, but do not pressure our members to engage in activities they are not comfortable with.

We offer:

    • Board Games & Puzzles
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Discussion of current events (sometimes heated!)
    • Pool
    • Trips into town
    • Bingo

Members can choose to have staff to support them to prepare a healthy lunch.

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter is exactly as it sounds – a very sociable knitting group!
Group members of all knitting abilities are welcome to join, the most important thing is to have fun working towards a goal in a supportive environment.

We provide everything you need to take part. The only charges for Knit and Natter are for tea/coffee, and for any exceptional items you might need to do a special project (eg Christmas jumper or socks!?)

Arts and Crafts

A chance to take part in and develop new skills in a wide range of arts and crafts.

Regular activities include:

    • Painting (watercolours, chalks, painting by numbers)
    • Drawing
    • Flower Arranging
    • Photography
    • Model Making
    • Seasonal Crafts such as Christmas cards & Easter decorations.

The social experience of the group is intended to be as important as the activities themselves – you don’t need any special talent to join in, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try new things.

Singing

It’s official, singing is good for you! Our group is simply aimed at having fun through singing with other people. There is no pressure to perform in front of others, though it’s surprising how quickly nervous beginners start thinking about getting on stage.

We provide accompaniment and lyrics, all you need to bring is enthusiasm and to be willing to give it a try. The singing group is a great place to meet other people, have fun and get the boost to your mood that only singing can bring!

Ability is not important – we believe everyone can sing, whether they think they can or not and we’re willing to try to prove it to you!

Friday Art Group

The Friday Art Group is something we are really proud of at Bucks Mind. Facilitated by local artist, Tony Ashton, the group suits people who are keen to develop their artistic skills so it has a clear focus on drawing and painting, rather than the social/art mix of our other art group.

You don’t need to be a great artist to join, but you do need to be keen and serious about wanting to learn and benefit from the excellent tuition on offer. The results the group produces are fantastic, and are exhibited around Bucks Mind, at all events we organise and in small local exhibitions.

Job Club

This group is for people who are looking to be working in some capacity – volunteering, part-time, full time, or support in staying in their current employed work.

Everyone’s journey towards employment is unique to them, but everyone can also expect to experience some common challenges. With a strong emphasis on peer support and encouragement, we aim to support you to overcome these challenges through offering a variety of activities, training and support including:

    • Setting and achieving goals
    • Identifying and maximising your skills
    • Practical job search using local papers and internet
    • Workshops on specific issues such as disclosure of
      Mental Health issues, CV writing and managing stress
      at work and skills for a healthy working life
    • Interview practice
    • Guest speakers from local organisations eg Benefits, Colleges
      & Community Groups
    • Strong emphasis on Peer Support, Motivation and Encouragement

Explore Aylesbury

This is a new group inspired by ‘Take Notice’, one of the Five Ways to Well Being. The aim of the group is to explore the local area, find the interesting and unusual which can become hidden when we know an area well. We aim to explore local facilities, visit places of interest, research local history and meet people who give the area its character. We will be taking photos, having guest speakers and building up a catalogue of information about the local area which can be used by other service users. We hope that this can inspire new interests, open up new opportunities and support clients to really make the most of the area in which they live.

Creative Writing

Writing stories and poems can be a great outlet for creativity as well as enjoyable and therapeutic. A facilitator will guide each session where themes and projects can be suggested by members – these could be a story or passage about a particular subject, a poem expressing a feeling or a particular experience, or perhaps a longer term project such as your first novel! We provide all equipment and always aim to inspire your creativity!

Healthy Eating

With tight budgets and low mood it is often a challenge to make healthy eating a priority, however we know that it is one of the most important ways of improving and retaining good mental health.

Within this group we will have fun preparing food, while learning:

    • How to make healthy choices within a budget
    • Menu planning
    • To experience new foods
    • Cooking skills
    • Tips on storage, food hygiene and being thrifty
    • Strong emphasis on Peer Support, Motivation and Encouragement

Buckinghamshire Mind provides all equipment for the group and ingredients up to an agreed budget. Additional costs of ingredients are agreed and are shared between the group.