We offer an exciting range of groups and courses to support people to improve their mental wellbeing, physical health, social networks and daily living skills. Browse below to see what’s on offer and if you would like to find out more or get booked on please make a referral using the button on our header. Please note that the our service operates two pathways within it to meet the needs of people we work with, some courses are only available to a specific pathway and your named network coordinator will discuss which courses you can access based on your needs.

Wednesday 15 September

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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021

Thursday 16 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 02/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Group Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Self help for Depression – 10:00 – 12:00 (started on 08/07/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Derman
Derman

Psycho- educational group sessions to provide an overview of depression and develop coping strategies.


In Progress: 08/07/2021, 15,07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 05/08/2021, 12/08/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Handcraft Group – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 08/07/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Derman
Derman

Derman’s Handcraft Group is women only and run weekly. The aim of this group is to help women from our communities break their isolation and to regain their self confidence, self esteem and re-validate their skills through craft activities.


In Progress: 08/07/2021, 15,07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 05/08/2021, 12/08/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021

Friday 17 September

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 02/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 02/07/2021, 09/07/2021, 16/07/2021, 23/07/2021, 30/07/2021, 20/08/2021, 27/08/2021, 03/09/2021, 10/09/2021, 17/09/2021, 24/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 02/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 02/07/2021, 09/07/2021, 16/07/2021, 23/07/2021, 30/07/2021, 20/08/2021, 27/08/2021, 03/09/2021, 10/09/2021, 17/09/2021, 24/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 02/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 02/07/2021, 09/07/2021, 16/07/2021, 23/07/2021, 30/07/2021, 20/08/2021, 27/08/2021, 03/09/2021, 10/09/2021, 17/09/2021, 24/09/2021

Monday 20 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Anxiety Management – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 05/07/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Derman
Derman

The group aims to explore an understanding of anxiety via psycho-education, discussions and reflections. The group is designed to encourage development of skills in coping, responding, and managing experiences of anxiety.


In Progress: 05/07/2021, 12/07/2021, 19/07/2021, 26/07/2021, 09/08/2021, 16/08/2021, 23/08/2021, 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Tai Chi – 15:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that teaches you how to relax your mind and body and maintain mental and physical balance in all situations. Through Tai Chi's slow, graceful and calming movements you will learn to respond to the ups and downs of life in a calm and joyful way. Quiet movements help you gradually find balance with yourself and the people and environment around you, helping develop resilience for periods of stress as well as focus and joy in daily life. In this introductory course you will learn a set of preparatory Tai Chi exercises, as well as the beginning of the Tai Chi form. By the end of the course, you will have a daily Tai Chi practice of your won and an invaluable tool for relaxing your mind and body.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Watercolours, An Introduction – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Studies have shown that painting may actually alleviate depression and anxiety by stimulating the parts of the brain affected by depression. Painting can lower stress levels by helping us find an emotional release. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours by exploring washes, tonal values, mixing colours and glazes. With plenty of hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you into all what you need to know about watercolours. You will learn specific techniques by looking at watercolour artists so that by the end of the course, you will have the skill set that allows you to continue independently with your work. The face-to-face teaching offers an excellent platform for a supportive environment: to connect with a creative community and receive feedback & inspiration. The course is suitable for complete beginners and those would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 29/10/2021

Tuesday 21 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Sleep Hygiene – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 31/08/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 4 week, information & support group. Each week a different topic will be discussed Session 1- The history of Sleep Session 2 - The Myths of Sleep Session 3 - Sleep and the Body Session 4 Sleep and the Mind. The second hour of the session will be a space for anyone to raise any issues that have been facing with sleep as a place to learn tips and be supported. People are welcome to reattend the group, or join at the midway point as a drop-in for the support space if they have attended previously.


In Progress: 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Weekly Course – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The 5 ways to wellbeing are 5 aspects of life that if we increase them have been found to help with imrpoved wellbeing. They are - Take Notice, Connect, Learning, Keep Active & Give. Each week we will focus on one of these topics, learn about how and why they improve wellbeing, do excercises to help understand the topics, discuss ideas of how to bring more of these things into your everyday life and you can choose to set yourself mini challenges each week to practice.


In Progress: 0709/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec LGBTQ+ – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2201, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 17/08/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on.


In Progress: 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 03/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201, 05/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 06/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 06/07/2021, 13/07/2021, 20/07/2021, 27/07/2021, 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 06/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 06/07/2021, 13/07/2021, 20/07/2021, 27/07/2021, 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 06/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 06/07/2021, 13/07/2021, 20/07/2021, 27/07/2021, 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 06/07/2021, 13/07/2021, 20/07/2021, 27/07/2021, 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 06/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 06/07/2021, 13/07/2021, 20/07/2021, 27/07/2021, 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 06/07/2021, 13/07/2021, 20/07/2021, 27/07/2021, 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021

Wednesday 22 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Mindfulness, Arts and the Imagination – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 22/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 6 week course. Take part if a creative activity each week by exploring a different topic and using elements of Mindfulness.


In Progress: 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021, 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021

Thursday 23 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 02/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Group Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Self help for Depression – 10:00 – 12:00 (started on 08/07/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Derman
Derman

Psycho- educational group sessions to provide an overview of depression and develop coping strategies.


In Progress: 08/07/2021, 15,07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 05/08/2021, 12/08/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Handcraft Group – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 08/07/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Derman
Derman

Derman’s Handcraft Group is women only and run weekly. The aim of this group is to help women from our communities break their isolation and to regain their self confidence, self esteem and re-validate their skills through craft activities.


In Progress: 08/07/2021, 15,07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 05/08/2021, 12/08/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021

Friday 24 September

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 02/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 02/07/2021, 09/07/2021, 16/07/2021, 23/07/2021, 30/07/2021, 20/08/2021, 27/08/2021, 03/09/2021, 10/09/2021, 17/09/2021, 24/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 02/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 02/07/2021, 09/07/2021, 16/07/2021, 23/07/2021, 30/07/2021, 20/08/2021, 27/08/2021, 03/09/2021, 10/09/2021, 17/09/2021, 24/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 02/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 02/07/2021, 09/07/2021, 16/07/2021, 23/07/2021, 30/07/2021, 20/08/2021, 27/08/2021, 03/09/2021, 10/09/2021, 17/09/2021, 24/09/2021

Monday 27 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Tai Chi – 15:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that teaches you how to relax your mind and body and maintain mental and physical balance in all situations. Through Tai Chi's slow, graceful and calming movements you will learn to respond to the ups and downs of life in a calm and joyful way. Quiet movements help you gradually find balance with yourself and the people and environment around you, helping develop resilience for periods of stress as well as focus and joy in daily life. In this introductory course you will learn a set of preparatory Tai Chi exercises, as well as the beginning of the Tai Chi form. By the end of the course, you will have a daily Tai Chi practice of your won and an invaluable tool for relaxing your mind and body.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Watercolours, An Introduction – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Studies have shown that painting may actually alleviate depression and anxiety by stimulating the parts of the brain affected by depression. Painting can lower stress levels by helping us find an emotional release. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours by exploring washes, tonal values, mixing colours and glazes. With plenty of hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you into all what you need to know about watercolours. You will learn specific techniques by looking at watercolour artists so that by the end of the course, you will have the skill set that allows you to continue independently with your work. The face-to-face teaching offers an excellent platform for a supportive environment: to connect with a creative community and receive feedback & inspiration. The course is suitable for complete beginners and those would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 29/10/2021

Tuesday 28 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Weekly Course – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The 5 ways to wellbeing are 5 aspects of life that if we increase them have been found to help with imrpoved wellbeing. They are - Take Notice, Connect, Learning, Keep Active & Give. Each week we will focus on one of these topics, learn about how and why they improve wellbeing, do excercises to help understand the topics, discuss ideas of how to bring more of these things into your everyday life and you can choose to set yourself mini challenges each week to practice.


In Progress: 0709/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec LGBTQ+ – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2201, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021

Wednesday 29 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Mindfulness, Arts and the Imagination – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 22/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 6 week course. Take part if a creative activity each week by exploring a different topic and using elements of Mindfulness.


In Progress: 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021, 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 07/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 07/07/2021, 14/07/2021, 21/07/2021, 28/07/2021, 18/08/2021, 25/08/2021, 01/09/2021, 08/09/2021, 15/09/2021, 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021

Thursday 30 September

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 02/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Group Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/07/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 01/07/2021, 08/07/2021, 15/07/2021, 22/07/2021, 29/07/2021, 19/08/2021, 26/08/2021, 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021

Monday 4 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Tai Chi – 15:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that teaches you how to relax your mind and body and maintain mental and physical balance in all situations. Through Tai Chi's slow, graceful and calming movements you will learn to respond to the ups and downs of life in a calm and joyful way. Quiet movements help you gradually find balance with yourself and the people and environment around you, helping develop resilience for periods of stress as well as focus and joy in daily life. In this introductory course you will learn a set of preparatory Tai Chi exercises, as well as the beginning of the Tai Chi form. By the end of the course, you will have a daily Tai Chi practice of your won and an invaluable tool for relaxing your mind and body.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Watercolours, An Introduction – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Studies have shown that painting may actually alleviate depression and anxiety by stimulating the parts of the brain affected by depression. Painting can lower stress levels by helping us find an emotional release. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours by exploring washes, tonal values, mixing colours and glazes. With plenty of hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you into all what you need to know about watercolours. You will learn specific techniques by looking at watercolour artists so that by the end of the course, you will have the skill set that allows you to continue independently with your work. The face-to-face teaching offers an excellent platform for a supportive environment: to connect with a creative community and receive feedback & inspiration. The course is suitable for complete beginners and those would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 29/10/2021

Tuesday 5 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Weekly Course – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The 5 ways to wellbeing are 5 aspects of life that if we increase them have been found to help with imrpoved wellbeing. They are - Take Notice, Connect, Learning, Keep Active & Give. Each week we will focus on one of these topics, learn about how and why they improve wellbeing, do excercises to help understand the topics, discuss ideas of how to bring more of these things into your everyday life and you can choose to set yourself mini challenges each week to practice.


In Progress: 0709/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 17/08/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on.


In Progress: 17/08/2021, 24/08/2021, 03/08/2021, 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/201, 05/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Photography, Get to Know Your Camera – 17:00 – 19:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Known to boost confidence, self-esteem, memory and decision making. photography is a way of slowing down the hustle-bustle of the everyday. We will demystify the main functions on your camera, so that by the end of the course you will have a full control of the manual settings and your photos. Each week, we will examine one of the main components of camera’s exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Additionally, you will learn about lenses and what their do, composition rules and how to apply the theory into practice with plenty of hands-on exercises. The face-to-face lessons offer a great platform to review your work and exchange ideas. You will need a camera with a manual setting, be it a compact camera, a mirror-less camera, or a SLR camera. The camera can be analogue or digital.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 6 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Mindfulness, Arts and the Imagination – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 22/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 6 week course. Take part if a creative activity each week by exploring a different topic and using elements of Mindfulness.


In Progress: 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021, 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Ceramics Hand Building, An Introduction – 13:00 – 15:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. This 5-week course is aimed at beginners who want to explore clay as a creative material. You will learn how to use several methods of hand building including pinching, coiling and slab construction to produce a series of finished sculptural and/or functional pieces.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 7 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 02/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 02/09/2021, 09/09/2021, 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 8 October

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 11 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Tai Chi – 15:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that teaches you how to relax your mind and body and maintain mental and physical balance in all situations. Through Tai Chi's slow, graceful and calming movements you will learn to respond to the ups and downs of life in a calm and joyful way. Quiet movements help you gradually find balance with yourself and the people and environment around you, helping develop resilience for periods of stress as well as focus and joy in daily life. In this introductory course you will learn a set of preparatory Tai Chi exercises, as well as the beginning of the Tai Chi form. By the end of the course, you will have a daily Tai Chi practice of your won and an invaluable tool for relaxing your mind and body.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Watercolours, An Introduction – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Studies have shown that painting may actually alleviate depression and anxiety by stimulating the parts of the brain affected by depression. Painting can lower stress levels by helping us find an emotional release. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours by exploring washes, tonal values, mixing colours and glazes. With plenty of hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you into all what you need to know about watercolours. You will learn specific techniques by looking at watercolour artists so that by the end of the course, you will have the skill set that allows you to continue independently with your work. The face-to-face teaching offers an excellent platform for a supportive environment: to connect with a creative community and receive feedback & inspiration. The course is suitable for complete beginners and those would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 29/10/2021

Tuesday 12 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – 5 Ways to Wellbeing Weekly Course – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The 5 ways to wellbeing are 5 aspects of life that if we increase them have been found to help with imrpoved wellbeing. They are - Take Notice, Connect, Learning, Keep Active & Give. Each week we will focus on one of these topics, learn about how and why they improve wellbeing, do excercises to help understand the topics, discuss ideas of how to bring more of these things into your everyday life and you can choose to set yourself mini challenges each week to practice.


In Progress: 0709/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec LGBTQ+ – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2201, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Sleep Hygiene – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 12/10/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 4 week, information & support group. Each week a different topic will be discussed Session 1- The history of Sleep Session 2 - The Myths of Sleep Session 3 - Sleep and the Body Session 4 Sleep and the Mind. The second hour of the session will be a space for anyone to raise any issues that have been facing with sleep as a place to learn tips and be supported. People are welcome to reattend the group, or join at the midway point as a drop-in for the support space if they have attended previously.


In Progress: 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Photography, Get to Know Your Camera – 17:00 – 19:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Known to boost confidence, self-esteem, memory and decision making. photography is a way of slowing down the hustle-bustle of the everyday. We will demystify the main functions on your camera, so that by the end of the course you will have a full control of the manual settings and your photos. Each week, we will examine one of the main components of camera’s exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Additionally, you will learn about lenses and what their do, composition rules and how to apply the theory into practice with plenty of hands-on exercises. The face-to-face lessons offer a great platform to review your work and exchange ideas. You will need a camera with a manual setting, be it a compact camera, a mirror-less camera, or a SLR camera. The camera can be analogue or digital.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 13 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Mindfulness, Arts and the Imagination – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 22/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 6 week course. Take part if a creative activity each week by exploring a different topic and using elements of Mindfulness.


In Progress: 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021, 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Ceramics Hand Building, An Introduction – 13:00 – 15:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. This 5-week course is aimed at beginners who want to explore clay as a creative material. You will learn how to use several methods of hand building including pinching, coiling and slab construction to produce a series of finished sculptural and/or functional pieces.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Support Group – 16:00 – 17:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week support group will encompass different forms of loss, including partners, parents, children, friends, siblings, pets and other significant loved ones. You don't have to grieve alone during this painful time. In this group you can come and spend some time learning, sharing and healing with others going through similar experiences. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share, listen, and discuss theri personal stories. This group will provide a space to talk but will also aks participants to engage through wellbeing activities done in between sessions, such as journals, creative activities and reflective exercises.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, LGBTQI+ Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week LGBTQI+ group provides strategies for managing anxiety and stress while providing a safe space for participants to find support with others feeling challenged with the current pandemic concerns. The group hopes to give members the opportunity to create a therapeutic space facilitating discussion where you can bring your won thoughts and concerns in a confidential space in order ot explore ways to improve mood, coping skills and a sense of belonging.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 14 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 14/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses principles of mindfulness to look at how we can reframe the context and language of our perspective of our day to day to help us in managing our wellbeing.


In Progress: 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 15 October

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 18 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Webinar: Understanding Depression – 17:00 – 18:00 (started on 18/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Many people experiencing the symptoms of depression feel alone in their pain and can sometimes fear that there is something ‘wrong’ with them. Unfortunately, the reactions and comments from others, such as “just pull yourself together” can reinforce these unhelpful beliefs. Indeed, western culture seems to celebrate strength in showing only ‘positive’ emotions. However, the reality is that it is natural to experience a range of emotions – both those that are pleasant and those that are unpleasant. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in every 4 people experience significantly depressed mood at some time in their life. At mind CHWF, we recognise that depression can evoke distressing emotional, physiological, psychological, and behavioural responses in people but that, by having honest discussions about these experiences with others and by identifying how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are interrelated, we can begin to feel in control of our experiences. During this webinar, we will look to invite you to explore and think about what depression is, what influences our ability to express our pain, and learn about the various ways in which you could perhaps manage your low mood. Interaction will be through the chat facility and the webinar is to be recorded. We hope you can join us if the time is right for you to begin this particular journey.


In Progress: 18/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Tai Chi – 15:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that teaches you how to relax your mind and body and maintain mental and physical balance in all situations. Through Tai Chi's slow, graceful and calming movements you will learn to respond to the ups and downs of life in a calm and joyful way. Quiet movements help you gradually find balance with yourself and the people and environment around you, helping develop resilience for periods of stress as well as focus and joy in daily life. In this introductory course you will learn a set of preparatory Tai Chi exercises, as well as the beginning of the Tai Chi form. By the end of the course, you will have a daily Tai Chi practice of your won and an invaluable tool for relaxing your mind and body.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Watercolours, An Introduction – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Studies have shown that painting may actually alleviate depression and anxiety by stimulating the parts of the brain affected by depression. Painting can lower stress levels by helping us find an emotional release. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours by exploring washes, tonal values, mixing colours and glazes. With plenty of hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you into all what you need to know about watercolours. You will learn specific techniques by looking at watercolour artists so that by the end of the course, you will have the skill set that allows you to continue independently with your work. The face-to-face teaching offers an excellent platform for a supportive environment: to connect with a creative community and receive feedback & inspiration. The course is suitable for complete beginners and those would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 29/10/2021

Tuesday 19 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec LGBTQ+ – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2201, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Sleep Hygiene – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 12/10/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 4 week, information & support group. Each week a different topic will be discussed Session 1- The history of Sleep Session 2 - The Myths of Sleep Session 3 - Sleep and the Body Session 4 Sleep and the Mind. The second hour of the session will be a space for anyone to raise any issues that have been facing with sleep as a place to learn tips and be supported. People are welcome to reattend the group, or join at the midway point as a drop-in for the support space if they have attended previously.


In Progress: 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Photography, Get to Know Your Camera – 17:00 – 19:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Known to boost confidence, self-esteem, memory and decision making. photography is a way of slowing down the hustle-bustle of the everyday. We will demystify the main functions on your camera, so that by the end of the course you will have a full control of the manual settings and your photos. Each week, we will examine one of the main components of camera’s exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Additionally, you will learn about lenses and what their do, composition rules and how to apply the theory into practice with plenty of hands-on exercises. The face-to-face lessons offer a great platform to review your work and exchange ideas. You will need a camera with a manual setting, be it a compact camera, a mirror-less camera, or a SLR camera. The camera can be analogue or digital.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 20 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Mindfulness, Arts and the Imagination – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 22/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 6 week course. Take part if a creative activity each week by exploring a different topic and using elements of Mindfulness.


In Progress: 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021, 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Ceramics Hand Building, An Introduction – 13:00 – 15:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. This 5-week course is aimed at beginners who want to explore clay as a creative material. You will learn how to use several methods of hand building including pinching, coiling and slab construction to produce a series of finished sculptural and/or functional pieces.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Support Group – 16:00 – 17:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week support group will encompass different forms of loss, including partners, parents, children, friends, siblings, pets and other significant loved ones. You don't have to grieve alone during this painful time. In this group you can come and spend some time learning, sharing and healing with others going through similar experiences. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share, listen, and discuss theri personal stories. This group will provide a space to talk but will also aks participants to engage through wellbeing activities done in between sessions, such as journals, creative activities and reflective exercises.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, LGBTQI+ Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week LGBTQI+ group provides strategies for managing anxiety and stress while providing a safe space for participants to find support with others feeling challenged with the current pandemic concerns. The group hopes to give members the opportunity to create a therapeutic space facilitating discussion where you can bring your won thoughts and concerns in a confidential space in order ot explore ways to improve mood, coping skills and a sense of belonging.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 21 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 14/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses principles of mindfulness to look at how we can reframe the context and language of our perspective of our day to day to help us in managing our wellbeing.


In Progress: 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 22 October

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 25 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 06/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 06/09/2021, 13/09/2021, 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Tai Chi – 15:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that teaches you how to relax your mind and body and maintain mental and physical balance in all situations. Through Tai Chi's slow, graceful and calming movements you will learn to respond to the ups and downs of life in a calm and joyful way. Quiet movements help you gradually find balance with yourself and the people and environment around you, helping develop resilience for periods of stress as well as focus and joy in daily life. In this introductory course you will learn a set of preparatory Tai Chi exercises, as well as the beginning of the Tai Chi form. By the end of the course, you will have a daily Tai Chi practice of your won and an invaluable tool for relaxing your mind and body.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021

Tuesday 26 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Sleep Hygiene – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 12/10/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 4 week, information & support group. Each week a different topic will be discussed Session 1- The history of Sleep Session 2 - The Myths of Sleep Session 3 - Sleep and the Body Session 4 Sleep and the Mind. The second hour of the session will be a space for anyone to raise any issues that have been facing with sleep as a place to learn tips and be supported. People are welcome to reattend the group, or join at the midway point as a drop-in for the support space if they have attended previously.


In Progress: 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Act for Anxiety – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 26/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

This group is a remote offer, which requires internet connection, access to Zoom and a confidential space. The group is rooted in principles of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); an empirically based model that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment to value based actions to help increase psychological flexibility and overall well-being. The aim of the sessions is to offer a space to explore and notice how the human mind works in relation to the body and physical sensations. These sessions encourage exploration in small steps and are developed through self guided practices. Noticing and identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations is the first movement towards reducing anxiety. The course will consist of psycho-education, discussion, reflections and exercises. These activities will take place within the group, and may include break out groups, depending upon the larger group size. The facilitator will make use of metaphors and scenarios to illustrate the core skills and will invite participants to practice becoming aware of ‘towards’ and ‘away’ moves using a matrix system. Participants are invited to engage in the exercises, which are invitational practices; participants do not need to engage in exercises if they do not wish to do so. Home practice will be encouraged in-between sessions.


In Progress: 26/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 27 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Mindfulness, Arts and the Imagination – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 22/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 6 week course. Take part if a creative activity each week by exploring a different topic and using elements of Mindfulness.


In Progress: 22/09/2021, 29/09/2021, 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 16:00 -17:30 (started on 27/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Support Group – 16:00 – 17:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week support group will encompass different forms of loss, including partners, parents, children, friends, siblings, pets and other significant loved ones. You don't have to grieve alone during this painful time. In this group you can come and spend some time learning, sharing and healing with others going through similar experiences. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share, listen, and discuss theri personal stories. This group will provide a space to talk but will also aks participants to engage through wellbeing activities done in between sessions, such as journals, creative activities and reflective exercises.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, LGBTQI+ Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week LGBTQI+ group provides strategies for managing anxiety and stress while providing a safe space for participants to find support with others feeling challenged with the current pandemic concerns. The group hopes to give members the opportunity to create a therapeutic space facilitating discussion where you can bring your won thoughts and concerns in a confidential space in order ot explore ways to improve mood, coping skills and a sense of belonging.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021

Thursday 28 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 14/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses principles of mindfulness to look at how we can reframe the context and language of our perspective of our day to day to help us in managing our wellbeing.


In Progress: 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021

Friday 29 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Watercolours, An Introduction – 14:00 – 16:00 (started on 20/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Studies have shown that painting may actually alleviate depression and anxiety by stimulating the parts of the brain affected by depression. Painting can lower stress levels by helping us find an emotional release. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colours by exploring washes, tonal values, mixing colours and glazes. With plenty of hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you into all what you need to know about watercolours. You will learn specific techniques by looking at watercolour artists so that by the end of the course, you will have the skill set that allows you to continue independently with your work. The face-to-face teaching offers an excellent platform for a supportive environment: to connect with a creative community and receive feedback & inspiration. The course is suitable for complete beginners and those would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 20/09/2021, 27/09/2021, 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 29/10/2021

Monday 1 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021

Tuesday 2 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Sleep Hygiene – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 12/10/2021)
Event Type: Physical Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A 4 week, information & support group. Each week a different topic will be discussed Session 1- The history of Sleep Session 2 - The Myths of Sleep Session 3 - Sleep and the Body Session 4 Sleep and the Mind. The second hour of the session will be a space for anyone to raise any issues that have been facing with sleep as a place to learn tips and be supported. People are welcome to reattend the group, or join at the midway point as a drop-in for the support space if they have attended previously.


In Progress: 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Photography, Get to Know Your Camera – 17:00 – 19:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Known to boost confidence, self-esteem, memory and decision making. photography is a way of slowing down the hustle-bustle of the everyday. We will demystify the main functions on your camera, so that by the end of the course you will have a full control of the manual settings and your photos. Each week, we will examine one of the main components of camera’s exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Additionally, you will learn about lenses and what their do, composition rules and how to apply the theory into practice with plenty of hands-on exercises. The face-to-face lessons offer a great platform to review your work and exchange ideas. You will need a camera with a manual setting, be it a compact camera, a mirror-less camera, or a SLR camera. The camera can be analogue or digital.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 3 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 16:00 -17:30 (started on 27/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Ceramics Hand Building, An Introduction – 13:00 – 15:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. This 5-week course is aimed at beginners who want to explore clay as a creative material. You will learn how to use several methods of hand building including pinching, coiling and slab construction to produce a series of finished sculptural and/or functional pieces.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Support Group – 16:00 – 17:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week support group will encompass different forms of loss, including partners, parents, children, friends, siblings, pets and other significant loved ones. You don't have to grieve alone during this painful time. In this group you can come and spend some time learning, sharing and healing with others going through similar experiences. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share, listen, and discuss theri personal stories. This group will provide a space to talk but will also aks participants to engage through wellbeing activities done in between sessions, such as journals, creative activities and reflective exercises.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, LGBTQI+ Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week LGBTQI+ group provides strategies for managing anxiety and stress while providing a safe space for participants to find support with others feeling challenged with the current pandemic concerns. The group hopes to give members the opportunity to create a therapeutic space facilitating discussion where you can bring your won thoughts and concerns in a confidential space in order ot explore ways to improve mood, coping skills and a sense of belonging.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 4 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 14/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses principles of mindfulness to look at how we can reframe the context and language of our perspective of our day to day to help us in managing our wellbeing.


In Progress: 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 5 November

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 8 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021

Tuesday 9 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Act for Anxiety – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 26/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

This group is a remote offer, which requires internet connection, access to Zoom and a confidential space. The group is rooted in principles of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); an empirically based model that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment to value based actions to help increase psychological flexibility and overall well-being. The aim of the sessions is to offer a space to explore and notice how the human mind works in relation to the body and physical sensations. These sessions encourage exploration in small steps and are developed through self guided practices. Noticing and identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations is the first movement towards reducing anxiety. The course will consist of psycho-education, discussion, reflections and exercises. These activities will take place within the group, and may include break out groups, depending upon the larger group size. The facilitator will make use of metaphors and scenarios to illustrate the core skills and will invite participants to practice becoming aware of ‘towards’ and ‘away’ moves using a matrix system. Participants are invited to engage in the exercises, which are invitational practices; participants do not need to engage in exercises if they do not wish to do so. Home practice will be encouraged in-between sessions.


In Progress: 26/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Photography, Get to Know Your Camera – 17:00 – 19:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Known to boost confidence, self-esteem, memory and decision making. photography is a way of slowing down the hustle-bustle of the everyday. We will demystify the main functions on your camera, so that by the end of the course you will have a full control of the manual settings and your photos. Each week, we will examine one of the main components of camera’s exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Additionally, you will learn about lenses and what their do, composition rules and how to apply the theory into practice with plenty of hands-on exercises. The face-to-face lessons offer a great platform to review your work and exchange ideas. You will need a camera with a manual setting, be it a compact camera, a mirror-less camera, or a SLR camera. The camera can be analogue or digital.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 10 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 16:00 -17:30 (started on 27/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Ceramics Hand Building, An Introduction – 13:00 – 15:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. This 5-week course is aimed at beginners who want to explore clay as a creative material. You will learn how to use several methods of hand building including pinching, coiling and slab construction to produce a series of finished sculptural and/or functional pieces.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Support Group – 16:00 – 17:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week support group will encompass different forms of loss, including partners, parents, children, friends, siblings, pets and other significant loved ones. You don't have to grieve alone during this painful time. In this group you can come and spend some time learning, sharing and healing with others going through similar experiences. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share, listen, and discuss theri personal stories. This group will provide a space to talk but will also aks participants to engage through wellbeing activities done in between sessions, such as journals, creative activities and reflective exercises.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, LGBTQI+ Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week LGBTQI+ group provides strategies for managing anxiety and stress while providing a safe space for participants to find support with others feeling challenged with the current pandemic concerns. The group hopes to give members the opportunity to create a therapeutic space facilitating discussion where you can bring your won thoughts and concerns in a confidential space in order ot explore ways to improve mood, coping skills and a sense of belonging.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 11 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 14/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses principles of mindfulness to look at how we can reframe the context and language of our perspective of our day to day to help us in managing our wellbeing.


In Progress: 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Japanese Ceramic Techniques and Decorations – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
zoom and classroom

Working with ceramics is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem, and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower anxiety levels as well as helping people heal from trauma. Develop your creativity and pottery skills exploring the Kurinuki technique to make a Japanese vase and decorate it with oxides and coloured slips, as well as chawan bowls and a dish using the Mishima technique. This course is made up of 6 sessions held online and the last 2 sessions will be held at the Centre where you will decorate and glaze your pieces ready for firing. You will need to collect a ceramics kit prior to the course starting to work on your pieces from home.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Pottery Wheel, An Introduction – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 16/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Working with clay is known to reduce stress levels, boost self-esteem and has been seen to reduce negative mood, lower our anxiety as well as helping people heal from trauma. In this course you will learn how to throw using the potter's wheel, in a relaxed atmosphere, coached by a professional practising ceramicist. The class is open to complete beginners where you will learn and develop your throwing skills & decorative skills using a variety of ceramic materials. The tutor will demonstrate various techniques and you will receive guidance and support throughout the course.


In Progress: 16/09/2021, 23/09/2021, 30/09/2021, 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 12 November

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 15 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Webinar: D.O.S.E – How to release Happy Hormones – 17:00 – 18:00 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Our mental and emotional states have an impact on our physiology, dictating the hormones we release into our bodily systems. Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins are the four hormones responsible for our happiness and these are what we sometimes seek to manufacture synthetically through substances. These happy hormones influence our motivation, ability to be productive and our general wellbeing. At Mind CHWF, we want to acknowledge the connection between our bodies and minds. We understand that there are healthy and intentional ways we can release these hormones into our systems, counteracting the impact of stress related hormones. By learning to change our habits to include regular activities that release these four valuable and beneficial hormones we can begin to become happier healthier versions of ourselves. During this webinar, we will look to invite you to explore and think about what the happy hormones are, what influences they have on our physical and mental health, and learn about the various ways in which you could ensure a daily dose of each one. Interaction will be through the chat facility and the webinar is to be recorded. We hope you can join us if the time is right for you to begin this particular journey.


In Progress: 15/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021

Tuesday 16 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Act for Anxiety – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 26/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

This group is a remote offer, which requires internet connection, access to Zoom and a confidential space. The group is rooted in principles of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); an empirically based model that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment to value based actions to help increase psychological flexibility and overall well-being. The aim of the sessions is to offer a space to explore and notice how the human mind works in relation to the body and physical sensations. These sessions encourage exploration in small steps and are developed through self guided practices. Noticing and identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations is the first movement towards reducing anxiety. The course will consist of psycho-education, discussion, reflections and exercises. These activities will take place within the group, and may include break out groups, depending upon the larger group size. The facilitator will make use of metaphors and scenarios to illustrate the core skills and will invite participants to practice becoming aware of ‘towards’ and ‘away’ moves using a matrix system. Participants are invited to engage in the exercises, which are invitational practices; participants do not need to engage in exercises if they do not wish to do so. Home practice will be encouraged in-between sessions.


In Progress: 26/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Photography, Get to Know Your Camera – 17:00 – 19:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Known to boost confidence, self-esteem, memory and decision making. photography is a way of slowing down the hustle-bustle of the everyday. We will demystify the main functions on your camera, so that by the end of the course you will have a full control of the manual settings and your photos. Each week, we will examine one of the main components of camera’s exposure: ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Additionally, you will learn about lenses and what their do, composition rules and how to apply the theory into practice with plenty of hands-on exercises. The face-to-face lessons offer a great platform to review your work and exchange ideas. You will need a camera with a manual setting, be it a compact camera, a mirror-less camera, or a SLR camera. The camera can be analogue or digital.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 17 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 16:00 -17:30 (started on 27/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Support Group – 16:00 – 17:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week support group will encompass different forms of loss, including partners, parents, children, friends, siblings, pets and other significant loved ones. You don't have to grieve alone during this painful time. In this group you can come and spend some time learning, sharing and healing with others going through similar experiences. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space for participants to share, listen, and discuss theri personal stories. This group will provide a space to talk but will also aks participants to engage through wellbeing activities done in between sessions, such as journals, creative activities and reflective exercises.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, LGBTQI+ Anxiety and Stress Management Support Group – 18:00 – 19:30 (started on 13/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Gallery 1a Darnley Road

This 6 week LGBTQI+ group provides strategies for managing anxiety and stress while providing a safe space for participants to find support with others feeling challenged with the current pandemic concerns. The group hopes to give members the opportunity to create a therapeutic space facilitating discussion where you can bring your won thoughts and concerns in a confidential space in order ot explore ways to improve mood, coping skills and a sense of belonging.


In Progress: 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 18 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 14/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and uses principles of mindfulness to look at how we can reframe the context and language of our perspective of our day to day to help us in managing our wellbeing.


In Progress: 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 19 November

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 22 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anger and Difficult Emotions – 13:00 – 15:00 (started on 04/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group is founded on compassion focused therapy where we will actively look to increase our ability to respond to ourselves and others more compassionately. We will also be looking to increase the language we have available to describe our feelings and to increase the options available to us in how we respond to ourselves and others. We will offer some educational elements, mindful awareness and breathing as well as teachings in compassion. The way this group is formatted, it does rely on group engagement. Previous feedback from people who have completed the group shows that one of the most valuable parts of the group was hearing about other people’s experiences. The structure of the group is that each week we will deliver some materials via powerpoints and sometimes videos or guided meditations and breathing exercises. We will also use break out rooms of various sizes (sometimes 1-1 in a room, sometimes maybe 2-3 in one room). In the breakout rooms we will ask you to reflect on a question or complete an exercise and then feedback to the group. This is a mixed male and female group with people who come with all kinds of experiences and from differing backgrounds."" Week 1: Setting the tone, welcomes, introduction to the group Week 2: Psychoeducation, brain science - how the brain and body responds Week 3: Looking at our own anger and difficult emotions Week 4: Creating more space (between our thoughts and responses) Week 5: Introduction to RAGE model week 1 Week 6: RAGE model week 2 Week 7: Assertiveness and non-violent communication Week 8: Neuroplacticity, what now and goodbyes.


In Progress: 04/10/2021, 11/10/2021, 18/10/2021, 25/10/2021, 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021

Tuesday 23 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Act for Anxiety – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 26/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

This group is a remote offer, which requires internet connection, access to Zoom and a confidential space. The group is rooted in principles of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); an empirically based model that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment to value based actions to help increase psychological flexibility and overall well-being. The aim of the sessions is to offer a space to explore and notice how the human mind works in relation to the body and physical sensations. These sessions encourage exploration in small steps and are developed through self guided practices. Noticing and identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations is the first movement towards reducing anxiety. The course will consist of psycho-education, discussion, reflections and exercises. These activities will take place within the group, and may include break out groups, depending upon the larger group size. The facilitator will make use of metaphors and scenarios to illustrate the core skills and will invite participants to practice becoming aware of ‘towards’ and ‘away’ moves using a matrix system. Participants are invited to engage in the exercises, which are invitational practices; participants do not need to engage in exercises if they do not wish to do so. Home practice will be encouraged in-between sessions.


In Progress: 26/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 24 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 16:00 -17:30 (started on 27/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 25 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 25/11/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 26 November

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 29 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021

Tuesday 30 November

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Act for Anxiety – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 26/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

This group is a remote offer, which requires internet connection, access to Zoom and a confidential space. The group is rooted in principles of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); an empirically based model that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment to value based actions to help increase psychological flexibility and overall well-being. The aim of the sessions is to offer a space to explore and notice how the human mind works in relation to the body and physical sensations. These sessions encourage exploration in small steps and are developed through self guided practices. Noticing and identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations is the first movement towards reducing anxiety. The course will consist of psycho-education, discussion, reflections and exercises. These activities will take place within the group, and may include break out groups, depending upon the larger group size. The facilitator will make use of metaphors and scenarios to illustrate the core skills and will invite participants to practice becoming aware of ‘towards’ and ‘away’ moves using a matrix system. Participants are invited to engage in the exercises, which are invitational practices; participants do not need to engage in exercises if they do not wish to do so. Home practice will be encouraged in-between sessions.


In Progress: 26/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Act for Anxiety – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 26/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

This group is a remote offer, which requires internet connection, access to Zoom and a confidential space. The group is rooted in principles of ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy); an empirically based model that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment to value based actions to help increase psychological flexibility and overall well-being. The aim of the sessions is to offer a space to explore and notice how the human mind works in relation to the body and physical sensations. These sessions encourage exploration in small steps and are developed through self guided practices. Noticing and identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations is the first movement towards reducing anxiety. The course will consist of psycho-education, discussion, reflections and exercises. These activities will take place within the group, and may include break out groups, depending upon the larger group size. The facilitator will make use of metaphors and scenarios to illustrate the core skills and will invite participants to practice becoming aware of ‘towards’ and ‘away’ moves using a matrix system. Participants are invited to engage in the exercises, which are invitational practices; participants do not need to engage in exercises if they do not wish to do so. Home practice will be encouraged in-between sessions.


In Progress: 26/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, Drawing from Observations, An Introduction – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 21/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Centre for Better Health
CBH Art Room 1a Darnley Rd E9 6QH

Drawing is known to help us relax, release stress and improve our focus. It helps us to express emotions, improve our concentration and help us in feeling good about ourselves. This course will give you a skill set to draw from observation. In 10 weeks, you will familiarise yourself with specific techniques, subjects and skills. You will learn who to draw with pencils and charcoal, to explore proportions, composition, tonal values and textures. The sessions are set in a supportive environment suitable for complete beginners and those who would like to build on their existing skills.


In Progress: 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 1 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 16:00 -17:30 (started on 27/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 2 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 25/11/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 3 December

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 6 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Managing Anxiety – 12:00 – 13:30 (started on 01/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will last 6 sessions and it will explore anxiety, helping us to understand it and better manage it. The sessions will cover what anxiety is and how our body, thoughts and behaviours can be affected by it. We will explore different tools and techniques to learn how to manage stress symptoms and lower down anxiety levels, to make the experience of anxiety more tolerable and functional. We will integrate tools and techniques coming from CBT, Compassion-focused therapy and Mindfulness.


In Progress: 01/11/2021, 08/11/2021, 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021

Tuesday 7 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 8 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE MBCT – 18:00 – 20:00 (started on 20/10/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have suffered from bouts of depression and to minimise further episodes of depression. The heart of MBCT is gentle, systematic training in Mindfulness .A definition of mindfulness is being able to bring direct, open hearted awareness to what you are doing , while you are doing it. Being able to tune in to what’s going on in your mind and body, and in the outside world, moment by moment. This skill is developed through formal and informal mindfulness practices during the course including , body scan , breath and body and sitting practices , alongside informal practices including mindful eating and walking. MBCT focusses on teaching participants to make a shift in their relationship to the thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations that contribute to depressive relapse and other emotional problems. This enables the participants to be released from the grip of two critical processes that lie in the root of depression and many other emotional problems: The tendency to overthink, ruminate, or worry too much about some things, coupled with a Tendency to avoid, suppress or push away other things. Regular mindfulness practice enables participants to see and understand how these patterns of mind can lead to escalation of emotions; Through this awareness and understanding this supports them to see more clearly what is present and make wiser choices in their daily life. The key objective of the course is to train participants in the fundamentals of mindfulness to incorporate ideas & practices into their daily life, giving them the skills to help support them manage life's ups and downs more effectively.


In Progress: 20/10/2021, 27/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 9 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201
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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 25/11/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 10 December

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 13 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022

Tuesday 14 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Music Production – 10:30 – 12:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

The aim of this course is to create and record music, using music technology (Apple/ Logic) assisted by the tutor. You will develop existing skills or learning from scratch using state of the art equipment.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Core Online Access – 12:00 – 14:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Online-Zoom

Attend your choice of Core Arts live zoom classes running Tuesday-Friday across our departments: art, music, multimedia and gardening, and access our catalogue of over 600 pre-recorded classes on vimeo


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Introduction to Art – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Essential class to develop artistic skills. Create artworks in response to ideas and themes which inspire you. Explore a wide range of art medium including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Djembe Drums – 11:30 – 13:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your techniques and experience new sounds creating a carnival atmosphere and learning about timings, fills and rhythm.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Life Drawing – 13:30 – 16:30 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Draw the human form whilst observing a life model. Learn to use a range of art materials such as chalks, charcoal and inks and develop your techniques as a figurative artist.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Keyboards – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 05/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your keyboard skills and techniques in a small group, each person has own keyboard and headphones to rehearse and practice and well as be supported by the tutor and volunteer.


In Progress: 05/10/2021, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2021, 02/11/2021, 09/11/2021, 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021

Wednesday 15 December

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Event type: Recovery, Painting in all Media – 10:30 – 13:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Develop your painting techniques in brushwork, colour mixing and composition design. Learn how to skillfully paint in all media to create portraits, still life and how to interpret famous paintings into your own transcriptions. Journey through the History of Art in paintings as you learn about artists in our group discussions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Beginners – 15:15 – 16:45 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Poetry and Creative Writing Advanced – 13:30 – 15:00
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore your imagination and bring your thoughts of world around you to life through creative writing and poetry performances. Develop your literacy skills, improve your confidence and read your prose aloud in these group sessions.

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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Experienced Musicians Jam PM – 14:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

A structured session for developing, writing and rehearsing songs. Meet other musicians and influence one another, sharing talents and skills to develop performance skills in the hope to be ready for a club core performance.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Beginners – 15:30 – 17:00 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Try your hand at a different song each week. Develop chords, tuning your guitar, open strings and fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Guitar Tuition Advanced – 14:00 – 15:15 (started on 06/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore a different song or genre each week developing your technique as a guitarist. Learn to tune your guitar, name the open string and play fingerpicking patterns.


In Progress: 06/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 20/10/2021, 03/11/2021, 10/11/2021, 17/11/2021, 24/11/2021, 01/12/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/12/2021

Thursday 16 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – Understanding Relationships for Emotional Regulation – 15:00 – 17:00 (started on 25/11/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

A four week course. A new version of the Understanding Relationships Group, we will explore what happens within relationships and how we can regulate the flow of emotions within them using tools and tips taken from DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).


In Progress: 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Friday 17 December

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Event type: Recovery, Printmaking Techniques – 10:00 – 13:15 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

In this course learners will explore the art of relief print, using reduction or multi block techniques to produce an edition of their own design incorporating 2-3 different colours. The result will be producing a box-set of finished work and developing at a pace which suits your skill level.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Songwriting – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun, light-hearted, RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. We will work on individual projects as well as encourage group work.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Textiles & Fashion Design – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 08/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Create a collection of textiles ranging from garments to soft furnishings. Learn the skills of appliqué, embroidery, crochet, knit and printmaking to create artwork you can wear, use or display.


In Progress: 08/10/2021, 15/10/2021, 22/10/2021, 05/11/2021, 12/11/2021, 19/11/2021, 26/11/2021, 03/12/2021, 10/12/2021, 17/12/2021

Monday 20 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022

Tuesday 21 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022

Tuesday 28 December

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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork AM – 10:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Ceramics and Claywork PM – 14:30 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Learn how to work with your hands to create sculptures, ornaments, plates and bowls using different forms of clay.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Performance and Vocal Skills – 10:30 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Explore the instrument that is your singing voice and strengthen your vocal chords through enjoyable online sessions exploring popular songs.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media AM – 10:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Digital Profile and Social Media PM – 14:00 – 16:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Empower yourself as an artist, musician or writer by creating a web presence that defines and promotes your individual voice.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, Landscapes – 13:30 – 15:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

From our beautiful rooftop garden, learn new skills such as herbs for window sills, organic gardening techniques and making new plants from old.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021
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Event type: Recovery, RnB Songwriting – 11:00 – 13:30 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Core Arts
Core Arts

Fun lighted-hearted RnB, Soul, Gospel singing and song-writing sessions. Sing along and harmonise from home.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2021, 28/12/2021

Monday 10 January

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022

Tuesday 11 January

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022

Monday 17 January

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 15/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 15/11/2021, 22/11/2021, 29/11/2021, 06/12/2021, 13/12/2021, 20/12/2021, 10/01/2022, 17/01/2022

Tuesday 18 January

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec General – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 16/11/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 16/11/2021, 23/11/2021, 30/11/2021, 07/12/2021, 14/12/2021, 21/12/2021, 11/01/2022, 18/01/2022

Monday 5 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec LGBTQ+ – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2201, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2201

Monday 26 October

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, ONLINE – RadSec LGBTQ+ – 18:30 – 20:30 (started on 07/09/2021)
Event Type: Mental Health,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest
Zoom

The group will take place over the encrypted and GDPR compliant software called ‘Zoom’ and you will be sent instructions for this. Please note, in order to access the group, you will require:  - Strong access to the internet - A confidential space, a microphone and webcam (this could be through using a smart phone or tablet). The sessions will run for 8 weeks online via Zoom. You will also have practitioner contact for up to 9 weeks via weekly post-session email throughout the duration of the course. The Radical Self-Care approach has been designed to support people with the possibility of becoming more accepting, caring and reassuring in their relationship to themselves when life feels challenging. The theoretical underpinnings are evidence-based approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Compassion Focused Therapy. The course supports individuals to enhance their natural capacities for mindful awareness and caring and compassionate responses, towards themselves.The content will support understanding of difficult emotions, for example anger and shame, and supports participants in managing difficult emotions in more helpful ways. The course supports understanding and enhancing emotion regulation through psychological education and experientially through practices and reflections. The course will utilise psychological education, mindfulness and compassion practices, exercises and reflections. Participants will work on their own, in pairs or small groups as well as in the larger group. Participants are free to not participate in the exercises or group discussion if they do not wish to do so at any given point. Practices and reflections will be encouraged in their own time between sessions. The RadSec courses are delivered by practitioners with experience of and training in the evidence-based methodologies that the course is founded on. The group consists of 10-14 participants.


In Progress: 07/09/2021, 14/09/2021, 21/09/2021, 28/09/2021, 05/10/2201, 12/10/2021, 19/10/2021, 26/10/2201

Wednesday 16 December

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Event type: Recovery, Event type: Wellbeing, F2F – Social Meet-Up – 11:00 – 13:00 (started on 07/10/2021)
Event Type: Social Networks,
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest

A time to meet others and socialise face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.


In Progress: 07/10/2021, 14/10/2021, 21/10/2021, 28/10/2021, 04/11/2021, 11/11/2021, 18/11/2021, 25/11/2021, 02/12/2021, 09/12/2021, 16/12/2201