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:::Coronavirus Update::: 

last updated 2/12/20

For all Sound Minds enquiries, including Remote Support Referrals,

ring 020 7207 1786

phone numbers

Remote support


We remain closed for face to face contact, a decision we will review in early January. Online and phone support continues to recent and current users  of our service

New referrals for our phone support are welcomed for people living in Wandsworth or other South West London boroughs

Our calls offer

  • Continuining public health and personal advice about the virus and links on to other services
  • Updates on the status of Sound Minds and Canerows services and an introduction to online services as these become available
  • Help to cope and adapt to isolation and the absences of the community services that used to offer face to face support 
  • Bringing you up to date on other services you may use and may access such as foodbanks, advice, online help etc.
  • Supporting you in the style that suits you and agreeing the frequency of contacts

We will also make use of bulk texting to offer key advice or news and bulk emails.

Online arts services

  • Sound Minds Community Choir via Zoom
  • One to one tuition in singing and instruments via Zoom
  • Youtube tutorials
  • Support in getting started with video communication, getting the most from your smart phone.
  • Open Mic 
  • Peer support inreach to Springfield and Queen Mary's Hospitals via Skype and phone (supplements face to face service)
  • Music Inreach to the Shaftesbury Secure Unit via Skype/Zoom

New to Zoom? click here for a quick guide

Coroanvirus Tech Handbook  click here for lots of useful information!


Wandsworth Council Coronavirus hotline 020 8871 6555

Call the above number if you need help, maybe you need food or medicines delivered or just want some advice or support


Wandsworth Council online Coronavirus information


Test and Trace Support Payments   020 8871 6555

financial help if you are isolating


NHS 'Talk Wandsworth' Covid 19 helpline   020 3513 4907

provides practical wellbeing support if you're facing employment uncertainty, or are anxious about the easing of lockdown (Wandsworth residents only)


South West London Law Centre   020 8667 9252

advice on debt


Other Local Services

Tootings Recovery Cafe (for crisis mental health support) - the Recovery Cafe is open.

Wandsworth Your Way - operated by 'Together' - currently operating remote phone support.

Citizens Advice Bureau by appointment


Local Help Groups

Battersea Covid-19 Mutual Aid:

Putney Coronavirus Mutual Support Group:

Putney & Wandsworth Covid-19 Mutual Aid:

Earlsfield COVID 19 Mutual Aid:

Balham Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group:

Southfields Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group:


Wandsworth Covid 19 Mutual Aid (Balham, Tooting and Clapham South areas):

Coronavirus Angels (Battersea based) 07394 856557  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Mental Health Support in Wandsworth;


Wandsworth Citizen's Advice - service details (pdf)

Mental Health under Lockdown

Our colleagues at the National User Survivor Network (NSUN)  have compiled this fantastic list of resources and ways we can all support our mental health, along with much other useful information 

Wandsworth Food Banks and other food support

Sound Minds can refer you if you are in short term financial difficulty, but please note there is great pressure of demand, so please only request if you have tried all other options.


Running an Voluntary Sector Organisation?

Information for Voluntary Sector Organisations about how to organise in response to the virus

Guidance to Organisations recruiting volunteers

NCVO information for charities- a roundup


Advice if you are isolating


SWLStG Recovery College course content now on line


Illustration by Andy Sargent

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An art exhibition! Paintings from the Sound Minds artists -  all part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival Fringe - more details to be announced!

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Coronavirus note: Since the announcement of a second lockdown Sound Minds is no longer open for face to face services. Remote support and tuition continues by zoom and phone.


Free stuff

Sound Minds Community Choir 

(Zoom only, new members welcomed) 

All are welcome to join our choir meeting every Monday between 4.00 p.m and 6.00 p.m. at Katherine Low Settlement Battersea High St. SW11 3HP. The choir sing a range of popular music from down the ages. There is no audition. Ring Searahlaine St James at Sound Minds on 020 7207 1786. 


Mama Low's Kitchen 

(sorry phone support only at present)

a user led drop in with a low cost meal, internet access, peer support, Street Jazz Dance and outings and other activities. The drop in is from 11.00 a.m. until 3.30 on Fridays at Katherine Low Settlement. Wandsworth residents only.

Post Discharge Peer Support  

Regular supportive contact and encouragement from the perspective of people who have had similar experiences. Free to Wandsworth residents recently discharged from Springfield or Queen Mary's Hospitals

Short Courses 

(no group tuition currently available - some 1:1 tuition via zoom) 

all our short courses are free to Wandsworth residents, although we do require a £20 deposit, returnable on completion. Residents of boroughs other than Wandsworth pay £20 per course


Happy Thursdays

(service suspended until 2021)

Group sessions on Thursday afternoon are FREE to Wandsworth residents who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Residents of other boroughs pay £13.50 (Self funding discount available)

Access is only by referral from a community mental heath team or GP practice. If you are unfamiliar with our service you should contact Sound Minds before referring.

Referrers: Please do not send people to join without a referral as they may be turned away.

2.30 - 4.30  Jam Session  Live music band session led by George 'Skills' Stewart
1.30 - 4.00 Art Studio Use the art facilities for free (£3 charge for materials)

Breathe Music - Wednesday afternoons

(phone and online only)

Residents of Merton and Wandsworth only. Free dedicated young people's music technology/tuition/live music/recording session for 18-24 year olds who are not in employment, training or education and disadvantaged through mental ill health. Wednesday afternoons. Access by referral. Call Paul or Searahlaine for details.

Costed Activities
all face to  face sessions currently suspended
1:1 sessions
Music Production assistance, technology trouble shooting, tuition in bass, guitar, drums, keyboards or singing, help with course applications, arts advice of all kinds  £13.50 per half hour 
band sessions including the jam 
playing music with other people is by far the most exciting and beneficial way to learn. We will find the right live music opportunity for you to play and rehearse with others.
£13.50 per two hour session includes access to all instruments and support from an experienced musician. (reduced rates for self funders)
the DJ session  
Self running session with use of vinyl decks, CD decks, PA system or Serrato software for mp3s.
£12 for 3 hour session (reduced rates for self funders)
join the depARTmental artists studio.  Additional projects, exhibitions and courses are free. £10 per half day inclusive of materials (reduced rates for self funders)

more information about Personal Budgets

A Personal Budget is money made available by local authority social services and some NHS organisations to pay for services that people have identified will help them in their recovery. Most people coming to Sound Minds are funded by a Personal Budget of some kind.

Obtaining a Personal budget can be quite difficult and takes time so we suggest that applications are initiated as soon as possible. Personal budgets are usually arranged through NHS community mental health teams and local authority social work teams. The processes differ from borough to borough.

If you are applying for a Personal budget on behalf of a client, it is essential that you call us for a quote before making the application. Personal Budgets currently enable people to attend from the following boroughs: Richmond, Sutton, Merton, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham.

self funding

Sound Minds has reduced rates for most services when people pay for themselves. Increasingly people are choosing to self fund which can be flexible and affordable.



We strongly recommend that you call 020 7207 1786 first to talk over the options.

Sound Minds offers a wide range of arts activities, courses and projects. Everyone's needs are different so it's really important to get it right for your client.

Please don't drop by without an appointment as it's likely we will be unable to welcome you properly!

DOWNLOAD Sound Minds Universal Referral Form (word doc)

Use this form for referral to:  Tuition, 1:1 Music Production, Art, Mama Lows Kitchen, Sound Minds Community Choir, Thursday Jam Session, Breathe Music.

Need to know more?  Ring 020 7207 1786

MUSIC SERVICES PERSONAL AIMS  -  DOWNLOAD  to assist with your Personal Budget application!




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Zoom is really useful and simple to use bit of software that you can use for personal video calls. 


Why Zoom?

Well because it is now very widely known and it’s free. It's also particularly good when you want to talk to a group of people (for a meeting for example)


What device will I need?

You can use a smart phone, otherwise you will need an internet connected device (office style PCs, Macs, laptops, and tablets such as ipads) -  anything with a camera and mic.

Zoom works on all devices and you can communicate with everyone else using any of these.

If you're planning to use a desktop machine or a laptop they don't all come with a webcam and microphone, so check first.



Will I need an internet connection?

As Zoom works over the internet it’s no surprise you’ll need an internet connection. If you have it, use Wifi or a wired connection to your device via a home modem or router (installed by your provider such as BT etc.). If you are out and about, try using wifi in a public place.

If you don't have internet at home and you are using ‘mobile data’ on a mobile phone, there are some warnings…..

  • Video is sometimes not smooth. This will happen when you have bad phone reception or an older phone. 
  • Video calls on Zoom can use up 'data' quite quickly, so check your phone contract if you are concerned about this.


How does Zoom work?

Zoom meetings have a ‘host’ (the person organizing it) and a start time. As it’s over the internet you won’t get a phone call. Instead you are invited to the Zoom meeting by the host in the form of an email or it could be via 'Whatsapp' or a text.

The invitation contains details of the meeting and most importantly an internet ‘link’ to click. 

To join the meeting you just wait for the start time, click on the link and follow the simple instructions and away you go!


OPTIONAL but recommended:

Zoom will work more smoothly if you install the free software in advance.


On an Android phone–

  • go to Playstore and search for '' There is a 'paid for' version but you don't need that, use the free one

On an iPhone –

  • go to the App store search for ''

On a Mac computer go to... 

  • App store search for ''

On a PC computer (Microsoft)...

  • search in any search engine for ‘ download for meetings’.

Click to install it. When you open the app it’ll ask you for a few details and that’s it.

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The arts for mental health - peer support delivered creatively

Sound Minds is a mental charity transforming lives through music, film and art. We are a thriving community bound together by creativity and a shared belief in mutual learning and peer support.

Our well equipped studios in Wandsworth are available for rehearsal, courses, practice, one-to-one tuition and art projects. A number of bands rehearse at our studios, including Gigantic Station, Bluesology, and the legendary reggae group The Channel One Band. The Sound Minds Community Choir also rehearse at a nearby community centre.

Sound Minds is also the base of the BaME service user group, Canerows who provide a range of peer support services, including ward visiting, tuition to forensic services, post discharge support and consultation and Mama Low's Kitchena user led drop in.


Our staff team  are skilled and experienced in both mental health and music and the arts.


Our Patron is Melba Wilson OBE

Sound Minds holds the 'Charity Excellence Framework' Quality Mark


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