Friends in Need

Friends in Need COVID-19 Update

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing. As such we have made important changes to our services to ensure the safety of our service users, volunteers and staff.

To ensure the safety of all, we have removed some of the aspects of this service that involve face to face groups and/or 1-2-1 meetings. We will continue to create and develop innovative ways of delivering remote mental wellbeing support that focuses on tackling social isolation and promoting positive emotional wellbeing.

As such, we are still running this service remotely, including (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Daily phone/email/text support
  • Online activities and support groups
  • Live groups via various digital platforms
  • Postal care packages- including motivational ideas, group activities and peer communication
  • Practical support, such as shopping and liaising with external services

However, due to the recent relaxation of some restrictions, from the week commencing 3rd August, we are now beginning to offer socially distanced walking groups, which will consist of 6 people max. (including a coordinator).

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.

To join us or to find out more about our Friends in Need service in your area, please call or email us:

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead: please email Tel: 07496 874882

Bracknell: please email Tel: 07914 669430

Slough: please email Tel: 07950 303832

Buckinghamshire: please email Tel: 07914 669438

We understand that you may feel apprehensive before meeting others in the group and we may be able to meet you individually for a chat beforehand. You will be asked to complete our Welcome Form and we will check that our group is the right support for you.

Some of our activities include:

  • Local walks and picnics
  • Orienteering
  • Arts and crafts
  • Yoga, tai chi and Zumba with Sport in Mind
  • Cycling
  • A gardening project
  • Social evenings eg pub quizzes, games nights, music nights, cinema nights and meals out together
  • Mindfulness for deep relaxation
  • Summer trips to the seaside
  • Guest speakers to help us in our journey to recovery
  • Bowling and cinema trips
  • Monthly day trips to local attractions such as museums, historic buildings and temples
  • Photography walks
  • Mind the Note (singing group)
  • Learning how to use technology for our wellbeing with Discovery 3
  • Fundraising

Reiki 2020 Poster
Bracknell – Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Meditation Leaflet 2020 Lynwood
Mindfulness Meditation Leaflet Dedworth Medical Practice

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 timetables for East Berkshire by clicking on the buttons below:
Bracknell – March 2020 Timetable

Slough – March 2020 Timetable

Slough – April 2020 Timetable

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead – March 2020 Timetable

You can view our timetables for Buckinghamshire by clicking on the buttons below:
East Berkshire & Buckinghamshire – April 2020 Timetable
Friends in Need Newsletter:
Newsletter April 2020

Please also contact Debbie Workman, Friends in Need Team Lead (, Telephone 07964 376951), 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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Newsletter April 2020