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The BBC are in the process of casting a lead role for a new feature film about a man struggling with his mental health. The successful candidate will be properly supported throughout the process and well paid. Applicants for this rold do not require any previous acting experience. If you are interested, please email Mia Morris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

:::Coronavirus Update::: 

last updated 22/6/20

For all Sound Minds enquiries, including Remote Support Referrals,

ring 020 7207 1786

phone numbers

Remote support

Sound Minds continues phone contact and support to around 150 people already known to our services. 

Please ensure that we have your most up to date contact details!

New referrals for our services 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
  • 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 
  • Ensuring that you have sufficient food and resources in isolation and organising help if you don't
  • 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
  • Open Mic 
  • Peer support inreach to Springfield and Queen Mary's Hospitals via Skype
  • Music inreach to the Shafetesbury Secure Unit via Skype

New to Zoom? click here for a quick guide





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


Other Local Services

Tootings Recovery Cafe (for crisis mental health support) - the Recovery Cafe is open but for 1:1 only - groups have been cancelled.

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

Citizens Advice Bureau -  Coronavirus advice


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;


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

Wandsworth Foodbanks are no longer allowing visitors and are operating a delivery service. Sound Minds can refer you, but please note there is great pressure of demand, so please only request if you have tried all other options.


Registering as an Extremely Vulnerable Person

If you have medical reasons for isolating you can register yourself through the governments site.  We have been informed (though this is unconfirmed) that supermarkets use registration to determine if you are a priority for online ordering. You will need your NHS number. 


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


Not the most cheerful art, but it has its own scary beauty!

by Andy Sargent

coronavirus lockdown




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.

PLEASE NOTE - all face to face services are currently suspended.

Sound Minds aims to reopen in a staged way starting in early July - watch this page for details

Our previous offer....

Free stuff

Sound Minds Community Choir the choir meet every Monday between 4.00 p.m and 6.00 p.m. at Katherine Low Settlement Battersea High St. SW11 3HP. All levels of singing are welcome. 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. The choir is open to anyone.

Mama Low's Kitchen 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 free to Wandsworth residents who people  are discharged from  Ward 2 at Springfield Hospital in Tooting

Short Courses 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

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

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
N.B. Costs are reduced for self funders
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.


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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Thank you to our past and present funders

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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!