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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

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, although we do require a £20 deposit, returnable on completion.


Happy Thursdays

Group sessions on Thursday afternoon are FREE to Wandsworth residents who are experiencing mental health difficulties. 

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

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. Reduced costs 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.


We offer 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.

We recommend that you call 020 7207 1786 first to talk over the options. We are usually busy so please don't drop by without an appointment.

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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free timetabled music activities for young people on Wednesday afternoons at Sound Minds.

Activities include:
• Live Music Jam session/band
• Tuition in music technology/music production
• 1:1 instrument tuition
• 1:1 creative support

Lead facilitators are skilled and qualified musicians and music leaders with mental health experience and training.

Access is by referral only

Participants must be:
• 18-24 years old
• Not in employment training or education
• Living in Wandsworth or Merton
• Disadvantaged through mental ill health

Volunteer callout: we welcome the involvement of volunteers who are confident with their music and interpersonal skills, and we particularly young people who have themselves experienced mental ill health. N.B. Music Production volunteers must have a thorough working knowledge of either Propellerhead's 'Reason' or 'Logic Pro' music software.


referral form here


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