Community Groups & Activities

We run a wide range of Community Groups & Activities. You can find the details below. If you’re interested at all, please get in touch with us!

ArtSpace

What is ArtSpace?

ArtSpace is an exciting arts-based project which offers a safe space for people with mental health issues to work towards recovery and good wellbeing through art activities and peer support.

You don’t need to have any previous experience or artistic skill. The aim isn’t to produce a great work of art, but to use what you create to understand yourself better. Through your artwork, you will learn to build on your personal strengths and natural abilities and with the support of peers to become well, stay well, and make the most of life.

Our aim is to support people so that they can move on to greater independence, and possibly education or employment opportunities. However, there’s no rush and we will work at a pace that is right for you.

Hereford groups: Tuesdays, 10:45am - 12:45pm and 1:30 - 3:30, Thursdays 10am - 12pm and 1:30 - 3:30

ArtSpace meets at Heffernan House. You don’t need to be referred, just drop an email to artspace@herefordshire-mind.org.uk to see when you can come in. On your first visit, the group will welcome you and have a brief chat about your needs and expectations & to make sure that we are the right service for you.

We will be using a range of media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass painting, masks, mixed media, collage, charcoal, wire work and plaster of Paris. Each session costs £2.50, to cover the cost of materials.

Well Springs Song Writing

What is Well Springs?

Herefordshire Mind and Encore have come together to bring you this new song writing course. You’ll be in good hands with workshop leader Aidan, who has years of experience and loads of enthusiasm.

Who is it for?

Well Springs is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to improve their mental wellbeing and is interested in expressing themselves through song writing.

Do I need to bring anything?

Each session is £2.50, hot drinks are provided.

When is it happening?

Each session happens at Heffernan House, Hereford, on Fridays between 1pm and 3pm.

How do I sign up?

Please drop us an email to info@herefordshire-mind.org.uk to register your interest!

Poetry

We are running free online poetry workshops in partnership with Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Community Programme. Whether you want to start writing poetry or develop your interest, these workshops will give you the opportunity and confidence to do just that. Open to all with no experience necessary!

Segments: Poetry and heritage meet in these popular workshops which use artefacts and everyday objects as starting points for poetry and discussion.

Segments

Poetry and heritage meet in these popular workshops which use artefacts and everyday objects as starting points for poetry and discussion. This workshop meets online via zoom on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm. Upcoming dates – 8th December 2021 & 19th January 2022.

Poetry and Pictures

Join these workshops to explore poetry inspired by pictures with gentle encouraging discussion. This workshop meets online via zoom on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm. Upcoming dates – 15th December 2021 & 26th of January 2022.

Please email manager@poetry-festival.co.uk for the zoom links.

Mind Gardening

What is Mind Gardening?

Mind Gardening is a group of people working together to maintain Heffernan House’s well-loved wellbeing garden, so everyone can enjoy the green space.

Who is it for?

Mind Gardening is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

Do I need to bring anything?

Just your enthusiasm – all equipment is provided (please wear suitable footwear and clothing though).

When is it happening?

Mind Gardening takes place every other Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Heffernan House, Widemarsh Street, Hereford – to book to come in please either ring 01432 271 643 or email info@herefordshire-mind.org.uk to check when the next session is.

Shared Reading

The Reader Organisation is a national charity that is bringing about a Reading Revolution so that everyone can experience and enjoy great literature, which we believe is a tool for helping people thrive and live well.

Everything we do builds warm and lively communities by bringing people together and books to life. You don’t need to read, just come and listen to a great story.

When and where is it happening?

Shared reading takes place at Heffernan House, 130 – 132 Widemarsh Street, Hereford HR4 9HN. Shared Reading dates change frequently so please either ring 01432 271 643 or email info@herefordshire-mind.org.uk to check when the next session is. These sessions are free to attend and open to all.

Walking Football

What is Walking Football?

Walking football is a regular exercise group held in partnership with Herefordshire FA. Meet like minded people in a safe and fun environment, refreshments provided after the football.

Who is it for?

This group is open to anyone over the age of 16! No previous experience of football is necessary, come and give it a go.

When and where is it happening?

Walking football is held at Herefordshire FA, Country Ground 3G, Widemarsh Common Hereford, HR4 9NA, every fortnight on a Monday 5pm – 6pm. This group is free to attend. Please contact scott.russell@herefordshirefa.com / 01432 342 179 for more information.