Mental Health and Well-being

Having difficulties with your mental health should not necessarily limit your chances in life. Our service creates opportunities for those who are experiencing, or have experienced, problems with their mental health.

We promote well-being through person-centred personal development. Whether you are looking for a training and development pathway or prefer a less structured environment including peer support, there will be something here to help you develop skills and confidence. Thriving art sessions come as standard!

Please see our full progreamme of activities in the table below. For our featured activities for Spring 2017 go to UK Online and Social activities.

Our Services

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
A.M. 10:30 Writing for Wellbeing
Tutor from Workers Educationsal Association
Whole Health Club (10:00-14:00)
12 week programme

Healthy Breakfast share

1-2-1 & Group goal setting session

Gym session by London Sound Bank University

Healthy Cook, Eat & more by qualified chefs Made in Hackney

Woodwork Skills

Therapeutic Art Group (Only until June 2017)

IT training with UK ONLINE

Breakfast Club/personal development group

IT independent learning

Soft crafts

Employability session

Beginners Woodwork/DIY Skills

IT indepdendent learning

Therapeutic Art group (only until June 2017)

P.M. 13:30   Local Walks, galleries, events

Monthly dance session (1 hour)

Volunteer training groups

Group ART sessions



SOCIAL ACTIVITIES - food, games films & music group

ART sessions with tutor

IT independent learning

Newsmagazine editorial group


Readers group

Courses 2017

Our next course in Photoshop for Fun - contact us for details of this weekly fun session.

Don't forget to visit our Art2Print commercial page for more opportunities in graphic design related training.

UK Online

Blackfriars Settlement is a UK Online centre so come here and get connected with the world wide web and all it offers. Use the Web to become better informed and learn to pay bills online, found out about jobs, how to live healthily, make online friends and much more. See the UK ONLINE leaflet for more details..

Social Activities

What better than some socialising after a hard day's personal development?

Every Wednesday 15:30 - 18:00

Sessions are £20 for Personal Budget Holders*.

  • Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Cards
  • Scrabble and other board games
  • Friendly Chat and a chance to meet people….

We have a healthy cooking group once a month.

Mental Health Support Group: peer-led discussion around mental health, shared solutions.

Contact Renuka Bhakta on 020 7928 9521 e-mail to arrange to pop in for a taste of what it's all about.

*Free to those who have their application for a Personal Budget rejected

Reader Organisation

Every Thursday from 3.30 to 5pm the reading group meets to read and discuss a novel. ALL WELCOME. More details in the leaflet.

Join Our Community

We are part of a community hub organisation that offers a range of opportunities. Becoming a member of our service means that you are part of the community.

“I get motivated here”

“Blackfriars allows you to grow”

“gives me structure and purpose”

“it’s upbeat here!”

Read Paulo's story (PDF 25.5KB) to find out about his journey.


All of our activities take place at our Rushworth Street centre in London SE1. See detailed information about our location and how to get here.

Contact the Team

To find out more, make a referral or refer yourself call Renuka Bhakta on 020 7928 9521 or e-mail

We also have a team of member volunteers who will be happy to come and meet with you to talk about what we do.

Work With Us

We are keen to work with organisations who are interested in creating opportunities for people experiencing mental health problems. If you are a business or company interested in developing volunteering, work experience or paid work opportunities for our members please get in touch.

Please e-mail for more information.