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Sound Minds

Charity description

Sound Minds is a small Battersea based charity and social enterprise using the arts to improve the lives of people living with long term mental health issues. 

Our 'drop in', Mama Low's Kitchen, is a user led service that runs on Fridays at a local community centre. Attendees are unemployed because of their mental ill health. Mama's offers a safe place for people to support one another, share advice and enjoy a low cost meal and social activities. We are currently raising money to increase the range of our social activities, including running the ever popular 'Street Jazz Dance' class more often and to help subsidise outings and practical activities so people can feel more socially confident and increase their friendship networks

Sound Minds largely serves Wandsworth and surrounding boroughs.  We believe in the transformative impact of the arts and mutual support in people's recovery from long term mental health conditions.

The majority of staff, volunteers and trustees originally came to receive the service they now help to provide. Members participate in a weekly timetable of short courses, music and arts activities with regular performances opportunities and exhibitions. Sound Minds has built an award winning national reputation for innovation and engagement with hard to reach groups.

We also run peer support services, whereby people with lived experience of mental health issues support one another. These include regular Ward Visits to support people in hospital, help as people leave hospital to settle people back home, and 'Mama Low's Kitchen', a one day user led drop in.

Charity No: 1079521

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