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!


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, Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30 and 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 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 £3.00, 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?

There is no charge for these sessions and hot drinks are provided.

When is it happening?

Each session happens at Heffernan House, Hereford, on Fridays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

How do I sign up?

Please drop us an email to to register your interest!

Peer support groups

What are peer support Groups ?

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. There are different types of peer support, but they all aim to: bring together people with shared experiences to support each other. provide a space where you feel accepted and understood.

What groups do we have ?

We offer a variety of groups, including Anxiety and Autism

All our groups are pre booked to attend you will need to contact
Ellie-Mae Davies-Bufton.

All groups take place at Heffernan house, Widemarsh Street.
All groups are free!

When are they ?



A six week group to chat about experiences of anxiety.

Please contact Ellie-Mae for dates of group sessions.


Monday 11.30-1.30pm

A very relaxed group, where you can chat, drink tea and play board games.

Please contact Ellie-Mae prior to attending sessions.

Crafting/Friendly Fridays

Fridays 5-7pm

An 8 week very relaxed and friendly group.
We get together to craft and create!
We sometimes do some Mindfulness too but this is optional.
Please try to bring your own art/craft supplies as we have limited supplies!

Please contact Ellie-Mae for dates of group sessions.


Wednesdays 6-8pm

A six week group for autistic people, whether diagnosed or not, to chat about experiences.

Led by autistic people.

Please contact Ellie-Mae to book a space.

Parent/Carer peer support groups

This is a new 6 week group at various locations and times across the county of Herefordshire.
Are you a parent of a child or young person who requires support with their mental health?
Then this group could help you!

The group is an informal peer support group for you to access support and find other parents travelling similar journeys.

Things we will often discuss:

  • SEN Support in school
  • Autism or young people querying a diagnosis of Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Gender Identity
  • Parenting techniques
  • Parent/carer Mental health

We provide a safe space for you to join other parent/carers in sharing stories, exploring what helps and doesn’t help, and simply just to feel less alone. Guest speakers are also on hand to offer tailored support.
We are also able to refer and signpost you to relevant agencies such as counselling, financial carer support, and community events.

Contact information

For more information or to book onto a group please email

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 / 01432 342 179 for more information.