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 is currently unable to offer normal face-to-face services. However, we are continuing to support our clients and carers by offering virtual group sessions via Zoom videolink - please click here for more details of our current programme.

If you are an INS client or carer and interested in joining one of these groups, or have any questions, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or by leaving a voicemail message on 020 8755 4000.

We re-introduced fees for therapy groups in November 2020 and plan to apply fees for one-to-one services. Typically, one 8-week block of one hour virtual group therapy sessions costs £50. We ask 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.

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.

UPDATE: We are re-starting our gardening club from Thursday afternoon 20th May. We have raised beds in the INS garden and lots of jobs that need to be done!

Next dates: 2pm until 3:30pm on Thursday 20th and 27th May. Please note this group will take place at INS.

Crafts:

Join us to try your hand at crafts: Next dates via videolink: Fridays 11am to 12pm weekly

Coffee and conversation:

Take time out for coffee and a chat: Next dates via videolink: Fridays 12:30pm to 1:30pm weekly

Bake and Chat:

Bake your favourite dish and chat: Not currently available

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: Thursdays 1pm to 2pm weekly

Mindfulness:

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 via videolink: Wednesdays 2pm to 3pm weekly, latest 8-week block started 14th April (£50 per 8-week course)

There is also a shorter drop-in practice session for those who've completed the 8-week course. Next dates via videolink: Wednesdays 4pm to 4:30pm weekly

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. Not currently available

T.V. Vintage

Join our volunteer Cliff down the memory lane of television. Not currently available

App my Life - exploring apps:

Learn how to effectively use apps on your mobile devices. Not currently available

Creative Writing:

Join us to develop an enhance your writing skills and produce wonderful narrative, poetry or stories. Next dates via videolink: Wednesdays 12:30pm to 1:30pm weekly

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. Not currently available

If you are an INS client or carer and interested in joining one of these groups, or have any questions, please contact us by emailing [email protected] or by leaving a voicemail message on 020 8755 4000.