Active Minds 

For More Information about our NEW Get Set to Go Programme click here 

Healthy Living & Leisure

Physical and mental wellbeing are intertwined, a healthy mind needs a healthy body and a healthy body needs a healthy mind.

  • Active Minds can encourage you to look after your wellbeing by supporting you to become more physically active and develop your knowledge on healthy living issues, like the importance of nutrition, sleep, relaxation and leisure time.

How does it work?

One to One Support

  • You will be offered an initial meeting, this is an opportunity for you to discuss your interests, and explore the different options available.
  • Active Minds will help you to obtain information on whatever your interest is, and we will offer support and guidance so that you can start taking part.
  • If you would like a buddy to attend sessions with you we can match you up with someone.
  • You will receive support until you have developed the confidence and motivation to continue independently.

"I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a fresh way to relieve nervous energy and stress, whilst getting fit and having fun. If I can do it so can you!"

How to join the programme?

How to access Active Minds and the Get Set to Go Programme

If you are interested in accessing the service please complete a referral form or contact a member of the team.

This should be completed by a health care professional (e.g. GP, CPN, support worker), any CPA and/or risk assessments attached. Please indicate which service you are interested in.

Please click here to download a referral form

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the service. Contact:

Sports Coordinator
Alex Rolfe-Sanders
Tel: 020 8253 8205

Sports Coordinator
Peter Rogers
Tel: 020 8253 8206 

Dora Crook
Tel: 020 8253 8205/6

Active Minds
Orchard House
15A, Purley Road
South Croydon

Session Details

Peer Navigator Service
Want to try a new sport or physical activity with Active Minds or elsewhere in Croydon?
Feel that you need someone to support you until you have built your confidence to go alone?
Then get a Peer Navigator to support you. We can pair you with a volunteer who can work with you to achieve your goals.

Exercise on Referral
Talk to us about support to access Croydon Council and Fusion Leisure facilities including gyms using the Exercise on Referral service

Come and train with three times World Champion Duke McKenzie using non-contact boxing techniques. Book now to secure a place
Location: Duke McKenzie’s Fitness Academy in Crystal Palace
Time: Fridays 12pm-1.30pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: FREE

"Before I started the Boxercise programme I was suffering from agoraphobia, low self-esteem and depression, I wasn't working or leaving my house other than to attend medical appointments. I can honestly say that the Boxercise programme, coupled with the support and encouragement of all involved has had a major impact in helping me regain ownership of my own life. I feel much fitter, more confident, am eating and sleeping better and I have even started permitted work which is a major step forward in my continued recovery. I will also be joining Dukes gym and continuing with the Boxercise. I really cannot stress enough the positive impact the Boxercise programme has had and I hope many more people will benefit from future sessions."

Table Tennis
Come along for practice and to take part in matches. NEW LONGER SESSIONS
Location: Orchard House, 15a Purley Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EZ
Time: Wednesdays 11am-1pm
Cost: FREE

Come along and join us for a few sets.
Location: Park Hill Gardens Tennis Courts
Time: Thursdays 1.30pm-2.30pm (weather permitting)

Yoga Classes
Gentle relaxation using breathing and stretching techniques
Location: Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA
Time: Mondays 3pm-4pm
Cost: 3 per week or 10 for 4 

Enjoy gentle cycling away from the traffic. Bikes and helmets provided.
Location: Croydon Arena
Time: Thursdays 11am-1pm
Cost: FREE

Horticulture Groups
Learn gardening skills, grow your own fruit and veg or meet new friends at our allotment site in South Croydon
Location: South Croydon Allotment
Next Group: Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Thursdays 1pm-3pm
Cost: 2 per day or per session


"I think the project is a very good way of creating new interest, also greatly helps socialising and mixing with people who understand your problems."

Football Sessions
With an official Crystal Palace FC coach.  If you want to get fit and have fun developing your ball skills come to our football fitness sessions.  All abilities welcome.  There is even an opportunity to join our team ‘The Croydon Eagles’ and play in the Surrey FA Inclusion Football League.
Location: National Arena, Crystal Palace
Time: Wednesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm
Cost: 2.50 per session

2nd Football Group
2nd football group aimed mainly at those getting back into the game or just wanting to improve fitness
Location: National Arena, Crystal Palace
Time: Wednesdays 2.30pm-3.30pm
Cost: 2.50 per session

Swimming Sessions
Please call to check sessions
Location: South Norwood Pool
Men’s Session: Wednesdays 11am
Women’s Session: Fridays 2pm
Cost: 1.30 per sessions (dependent on concessionary rate)

Join a small dedicated group for a few games.
Location: Thornton Heath Leisure Centre
Time: Tuesdays 12pm
Cost: 3

Relaxation Sessions
Location: Orchard House, 15a Purley Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EZ
Time: Fridays 1pm
Cost: FREE

Activity to Work Group
Active Minds and Employment Support have teamed up to bring you the Activity to Work group.  
This seven week programme is open to all service users and will combine six sessions of Active Minds activities combined with six workshops to support you in getting closer to seeking employment.
We are currently accepting referrals for the next group, start date to be confirmed.
Please view the poster and flyer for more information.
The referral form can be found here.

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