Active Minds

Active Minds promotes physical and mental wellbeing by supporting people with experience of a mental health problem to make healthy lifestyle changes to benefit both physical and mental health. We break down the barriers faced when taking part in sport and activities in the local community. We have trained volunteers who can support you to take part in your chosen activity. See session details below.

Active Minds run a variety of friendly accessible sports and healthy lifestyle groups across Croydon from Boxercise to gardening, cook and taste to yoga and cycling.

Please contact us if you would like to become a volunteer, contact details at end of page.

NEW - To complement our activity groups

Free 12 month lifestyle programme to support you to make your chosen healthy lifestyle change such as:

  • 12 weeks stop smoking support or support to cut down on the amount you smoke
  • Weight management and nutrition advice
  • Cutting down on the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Wellbeing assessment

Support to increase the amount of physical activity you take part in.
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 to Join

For the groups you need to be referred via GP, Community Mental Health Team or any other mental health professional.

Please click here to download a referral form (PDF)

Please click here to download a referral form (Word)

For the 12 months lifestyle programme (LiveWell) give the team a call. Referral not necessary. Contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.

Session Details

View our current programme HERE

To join any of these groups please see the How to Join section above.

Learn gardening skills, grow fruit and veg and meet new friends at our allotment site in South Croydon.


Mixed Football
SESSION 1: This group is to build up fitness and skills for those wanting to start playing football or get back into the game. 
SESSION 2: A slightly more intense session than the 1st, the next stage in improving your fitness and football skills. 

Womens Football
Join our women’s football group for a fun relaxed football session. 

Walking Group
We will be joining Croydon’s Walking for Health Scheme for a 2 mile circular walk through Purley Way West Fields, Roundshaw Open Space and Croydon’s original airport. 

Gentle relaxation using breathing and stretching techniques. 

A gentle bike ride around South Norwood country park. Bikes and helmets provided. 

Join a small, dedicated group at Thornton Heath Leisure Centre for a few games. 

Table Tennis

Boxercise (coming soon)

Additional Support

Peer Navigator

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.

  • You will be offered an initial meeting, this is an opportunity for you to discuss your interests, and explore the different options available.
  • 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.
  • This service is provided for up to 14 weeks.

Volunteer with Active Minds 

Would you like to support people who have experienced mental health problems in accessing their chosen activity with the aim that they are able to continue with that activity after the Peer Navigating time has finished. This will be done through accompanying them to their activity and working with the plan agreed in your first meeting.

If you would like to become a Peer Navigator please click HERE to see current volunteering opportunities.

Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (MHASPA) Training

27th November 2018, 1.30pm, East Croydon

Limited availability, Book Now!

This three-hour workshop designed to give coaches, volunteers, sport administrators and front-of-house staff the confidence to support people with experience of mental health problems to be more active.

It has been developed with the support of UK Coaching, input from people living with mental health problems and colleagues working in the sport and physical activity sectors. This practical workshop will help you:  

  • Understand common misconceptions about mental health and the impact of stigma and discrimination
  • Identify the positive impact that being active has on physical and mental health
  • Appreciate the barriers that stop people getting active
  • Talk confidently about mental health
  • Know where to signpost people to if they need support
  • Identify practical actions to make your service more accessible for everyone

No prior knowledge of mental health is necessary
All CIMSPA-registered delegates who complete the workshop will also be eligible for 3 CPD points.

MHASPA has been independently evaluated by a team of researchers from Loughborough University. Their findings show that:

81% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their knowledge of mental health had improved following the training. This was maintained at the six month follow up (83%).

84% of respondents agreed their attitude to mental health has changed, with 81% reporting they had used the knowledge from the training course.

(Loughborough University, 2017)

To find out more or tobook your place please email:


    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!

    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.

    Contact Details

    Telephone: 020 8253 8205


    Address: Orchard House, 15a Purley Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EZ

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