Friends in Need

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Welcome to Friends in Need, East Berkshire (covering Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, Bracknell and Slough) and Buckinghamshire.

We are a friendly peer support group who want to help you to manage your depression and anxiety by inviting you to try our uplifting, fun and free of charge activities. Come and feel supported whilst having a chat and a cuppa with others who understand how you might be feeling.


In April 2021, Buckinghamshire Mind launched new elements to the Friends in Need service in East Berkshire, in addition to our existing peer support groups:

Friends in Need  – Young Adults Group

  • Open to all people aged between 17 to 25 years old with mild to moderate mental health support needs, offering a timetable shaped by and tailored to younger members.
  • Self-referral is encouraged, as well as referrals from GPs, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) as well as voluntary and community organisations.

FiN Young Adults Group Leaflet

Friend in Need  – MHICS Peer Support Groups

  • Open to people with more complex support needs who do not meet the threshold for secondary mental health services. The groups will mirror the concept of Friends in Need, with a timetable tailored to the needs of the specific group.
  • We will offer a cohesive referral process within our East Berkshire team with referrals from the CMHT, GPs, Social Prescribers and the new Support, Time and Recovery Service.

FiN MHICS Peer Support Groups Leaflet

To join us or to find out more about our Friends in Need service in your area, please call Ansa Khan on 07496 874882 or email

Support, Time and Recovery Service

Buckinghamshire Mind and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust will also be launching a new Support Time and Recovery Service in Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  The service will replace the Recovery College and build on the model by offering individualised support in areas such as life skills and employment as well as access to peer support groups.

The Support, Time and Recovery Service, delivered by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, will work with clients from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead  to develop a bespoke 6 month Support Plan. The support plan will be based on the Mental Health Recovery Star to support clients referred from the Community Mental Health Team, Adult Social Care and MHICS.

Many people who are recovering from mental illness have found it useful to think about recovery as a journey with different stages, and client’s individual plans will be structured with agreed immediate and future goals, including support to access opportunities which will assist self-care and recovery.

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We are looking forward to meeting you, welcoming you and hearing about any activities that you would like to see on our timetable.

At Friends in Need, we know how important the five ways to wellbeing are to help us to feel better. Our Growing Your Wellbeing opportunity really encapsulates each of the five ways (to give; to connect; to learn; to be active; to notice) through horticulture in a lovely environment at the Jealotts Hill Community Landshare with others who know how it feels to have low mood. We aim to help you improve your mood by connecting both with others and nature itself. To view a short video clip about Growing Your Wellbeing, please click here

You can view our timetable for Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire by clicking on the button below:
Friends in Need – December 2021 Timetable

Friends in Need – January 2022 Timetable

Please also contact Ansa  Khan, Friends in Need Team Lead ( Tel: 07496 874882), if you are part of the NHS, a charity or community group or GP surgery and would like us to come along to meet you and tell you more about Friends in Need and our very simple referral process. Our aim is to increase community resilience and to spread the word about how powerful peer support can be.

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If you feel you require any support to access this service, for example hearing loop, translator or mobility aids, please call 01494 463364 or email and we will get back to you to discuss your individual needs.