Expanding Your Horizons - discover, connect, learn

Try out new activities or revisit old hobbies. Our support will enable you to develop new skills; discover new interests; and make new friends.

INS continues to provide a wide range of services to our clients and carers, by phone and video contact, including our virtual groups. We are also gradually bringing back face-to-face sessions whilst retaining our popular Zoom groups - please click here for more details of our current programme.

If you are an INS service user and interested in joining one of these groups, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or by calling us on 020 8755 4000.

We recently re-introduced fees for therapy groups. Typically, a block of 8 group therapy sessions costs £50 (prices are shown in brackets). We are asking those attending other groups, including Expanding Horizons, to make a suggested donation. If you would like to help support the work of INS, please click on the orange 'Donate' button at the top of the page or click here.

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Our current list of groups as part of our Expanding Horizons programme includes the following:-

Gardening Group

Join us in the accessible INS garden and take part in maintenance gardening activities all year-round. From planting seeds, weeding, and nurturing (and harvesting from) our rich vegetable and herb patches, the Gardening Group is open to all and highly rewarding. Open to a range of abilities, knowledge and skill-bases, discover and cultivate your green fingers in this highly social and diverse group.

Next dates: 2pm until 3pm weekly Thursdays, ended 7th October, but we plan to resume this group in the Spring. Please note this group took place at INS.

Crafts

Join us to try your hand at crafts. 

Next dates: 11am to 12pm fortnightly Fridays, next on 22nd OctoberPlease note this group takes place at INS.

Coffee and conversation

Take time out for coffee and a chat. 

Next dates via videolink: 12:30pm to 1:30pm weekly Fridays

Art Group

Whether you’re a da Vinci, a Picasso or a Jackson Pollock, wielding a finely-tuned hand or a having a bash with a paint roller, all abilities are welcome in the INS art group. Focusing on a different theme every week, the art group offers all the chance to become absorbed into their creative process and develop their skills with others. And for days when artistic block is too strong or confidence is low, we also have mindful colouring-in available, providing some light stress-relief in a social and friendly environment.

Next dates via videolink: 1pm to 2pm weekly Thursdays

Creative Writing

Join us to develop an enhance your writing skills and produce wonderful narrative, poetry or stories.

Next dates via videolink: 12:30pm to 1:30pm weekly Wednesdays

Mindfulness 8-week course

A simple form of meditation that can be a helpful way of coping with stress. Open to clients and carers. Beginners and those with experience welcome.

Next dates to be confirmed (£50 per 8-week course). If you are interested in joining the next available sessions, please email Alex on [email protected].

Mindfulness drop-in

There is also a shorter drop-in practice session for those who've completed the 8-week course. 

Next dates via videolink: 4pm to 4:30pm weekly Wednesdays

If you are an INS service user and interested in joining one of these groups, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or by calling us on 020 8755 4000.

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We have also offered a number of other groups previously. Those listed below are not currently available:

Bake and Chat

Bake your favourite dish and chat.

Music Appreciation Group

Remember that time you saw the Stones play in the 70’s and the baseline rang through your eardrums for the next 20 years? Whether it’s Beetles, Bach or Basement Jazz which stands your hair on end, this group offers the chance to reminisce, share and compare your musical tastes with the pitch-perfect and tone-deaf alike. With themes of decades and genres changed week by week, sift through your record collection and stop by for a cup of tea and a listen.

T.V. Vintage

Join our volunteer Cliff down the memory lane of television.

App my Life - exploring apps

Learn how to effectively use apps on your mobile devices.

Sports Massage

Not just for rugby players and footballers! Whether you have muscle tightness, reduced sensation or rigidity, Sports Massage may offer some relief and relaxation for many conditions, or simply improve mood and well-being.