Active Minds 

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

For our latest activity programme click here.

Please click here to download a referral form (PDF)

Please click here to download a referral form (WORD)

We accept referral forms from any professional providing support for the person’s wellbeing – this includes GPs, care coordinators, housing support workers etc.

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 (PDF)

Please click here to download a referral form (WORD)

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

Sports Coordinator
Peter Rogers
Tel: 020 8253 8206 

Active Minds Manager
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.

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: TBC  
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

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

6-week courses
(5 weeks driving range practise - 1 week on 9-hole course - weather permitting) 
Location: Addington Court Golf Club 
Time: Tuesdays 11am
Cost: FREE

We can book you for free one hour cycling sessions. Whether you want to learn from scratch, gain confidence or just for fun. Bikes are provided. Book 1-2-1 sessions online with 
Location: Croydon Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL
Time: Thursdays 11am-1pm
Cost: FREE

Allotment Group
Learn gardening skills, grow fruit and veg and meet new friends at our allotment site in South Croydon
Location: South Croydon Allotment near Orchard House
Next Group: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-12pm and 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
Session 1
With an official Crystal Palace FC coach. This group is to build up fitness and skills for those wanting to start playing football or get back into the game.  Location: National Arena, Crystal Palace 
Time: Wednesdays 2.30pm-3.30pm
Cost: 2.50 per session or 4 for both 
Session 2
A slightly more intense session than the 1st, the next stage in improving your fitness and football skills.
Location: National Arena, Crystal Palace  
Time: Wednesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm  
Cost: 2.50 per session or 4 for both

Women's Football
Join a small dedicated group for a few games. 
Location: Sanderstead Recreation Ground 
Time: Thursdays 12-1pm (starting 22nd June 2017)  

Swimming Sessions
Please call to check sessions 
Location: Thornton Heath     
Men’s Session: Please ask for current information   
Women’s Session: Thursdays 2.30pm
Cost: 1.40 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

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. (Limited days only - please ask)
Location: Meet at The Collonades bus stop 
Time: Tuesdays 10.45am-12pm
Cost: FREE

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

A new outdoor tennis group which will be supported by one of our volunteers. 
Location: Grangewood Park Tennis Courts, Off Grange Road, SE25 6TG 
Time: Mondays 1pm-2pm 
Cost: FREE

Receive free support from a trained advisor. We provide:  
- pre-quit support - call for a chat if you are thinking about stopping smoking
- 12 weeks one to one support alongside free nicotine replacement therapy while you quit  
- 4 weeks behavioural support if you have already quit but need some support in staying smoke free 
Location: Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA & Orchard House, 15a Purley Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EZ
Time: 2pm-3pm 
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.

Please view the flyer for more information.

The referral form can be found here.

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