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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

JustBE is a free 12 month lifestyle programme to support you to make your chosen healthy lifestyle change.

For more information visit our JustBE page.

How to join

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

Active Minds Referral Form

Active Minds Referral Form

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:

Active Minds Programme Leaflet Jul 2019

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

Please note from the 28th August 2019 we will no longer be delivering the football sessions or managing the Croydon Eagles football team.


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


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. Starting 25th April.


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

Badminton Coaching

Join a badminton coach from the sports club for a coaching session.

Table Tennis

Men’s Swimming

Join our volunteer for a swim at Purley Leisure Centre

Women’s Swimming

Join our volunteer for a swim at Purley Leisure Centre


Additional support

Buddy 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 Buddy 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

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. Find out more on our training page.


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

Email: activeminds@mindincroydon.org.uk

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

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