MindFood dates


For any Mindfood sessions or for Kew visits & activities, please email info@mindfood.org.uk to book your free place in advance.


Growing Wellbeing 6-session course

11th December - Wednesday mornings 10.30-1 at Cleveley

14th January - Tuesdays 1-3.30 at Horsenden

24th January - Fridays 1-3.30 at Cleveley Crescent Allotments



Sustainable Wellbeing

Monday sessions at Horsenden from 9th December: 10.30-12.30


This is a follow-up course to Growing Wellbeing, designed to develop a sense of purpose & motivation, and offer practical ways to realise hopes, dreams and aspirations. You’ll also be part of a team site development project, with activities like painting, carpentry and landscaping to try. 

Mindfulness in Nature at Horsenden Farm

Thursdays 10-11.30am

Camilla will be hosting this regular nature-based craft group. Sessions may include walks to forage for materials to use, and other mindful activities.


Plot to Plate at Horsenden

Saturdays 10am -12

Pauline will be running regular gardening sessions on Saturdays, incorporating tips and techniques to improve wellbeing. And of course, a nice cuppa.


Mindful Walk at Horsenden

Jenna's first Mindful Walk for the year will be on Saturday 25th January - this will take the place of the usual food-growing session.

Local events


Christmas Kew Visit

Tuesday 10th December - 12.45 to 3.30pm, meeting at the Victoria Gate. Bring a shareable picnic, and we'll try and catch a few Christmas lights as the sun goes down. We don't have tickets for the main event, so don't expect the whole shebang!


Christmas in the Courtyard at Horsenden

Saturday 14th December - 11 to 4.30pm, to celebrate the opening of the new shoppie and to enjoy some festive treats.

                                                                         SUSTAINABLE WELLBEING

                                                                                  WHAT IS IT? 

                                                                       It's a 6-16 week programme

In a nutshell

Sustainable Wellbeing is a free 6 to 16 week follow-on course from Growing Wellbeing. It aims to help participants embed learnings from their first MindFood course into everyday life. It builds on personal experience and aspirations to identify meaningful goals, introduce healthier habits, and achieve sustainable wellbeing.



Participants of Growing Wellbeing often feel empowered by the techniques and tips they have learned with us to nurture their wellbeing. But empowerment is just the first step and it can be difficult to know what to do next. 

The second step is harder: leading a fulfilling life means different things to different people. This course seeks to guide participants so that they can recover purpose and motivation in a way that feels like a natural progression. It’s about the long game. 

Goals are a feature of the working world, and for many they have led to feelings of stress, helplessness and failure in the past. Our challenge is to translate empowerment into a tangible (and measurable) way forward that feels unpressurised.


The Answer

You can’t make a plant grow…..all you can do is create the right conditions for it to thrive. When a plant flourishes, we do not say it has achieved its goal…we just enjoy it. 

Our nature-based approach works in a similar way. It gives participants the tools, time and space to work out what is right for them. This is done through our 5 Ways to Grow framework, which uses gardening and gardening metaphor to guide thinking, discussion, and moving forward.


Who is it for?

This course is for anyone wanting to build their confidence and motivation, and support their on-going recovery by finding an activity, occupation or cause that is rewarding and beneficial to their wellbeing. These may be: 

  •          People who have been signed off work for stress, depression, anxiety
  •          Those who consider themselves burnt out, or need a change of career
  •          Long term unemployed, or chronically ill
  •          Stay-at-home parents or carers planning a return to work

All participants will have completed the Growing Wellbeing course first.


How the course works 

Each week a different growing theme is discussed, accompanied by an exercise that builds on this. Participants then carry out a gardening task to boost their skills and confidence, while cementing the growing metaphor. 

Over the course of the first 6 weeks, participants will identify meaningful goals and benefit from peer support as they work towards them. They can complete the cycle 3 times (ie 6 weeks, then 5, then 5) if they wish, or simply leave the project when they’ve completed a single round, or as opportunities arise. 



  •    WEMWBS  (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale) at Week 1, 6 (& 16)
  •     GAS – goal attainment scaling, 1 to 3 goals (health, wellbeing or other personal goals, eg decluttering, finding a new      career ), and 1 personal
  •    SurveyMonkey – exit follow-up, within 4 weeks of departure
  •    Case Studies


Notes on Evaluation 

  •    WEMWBS is a recognised and respected scale. Linking the scale with Wellbeing goals reinforces a sense of purpose       to the exercise to those who have been with the programme a while.
  •    Introducing SMARTER goals for participants development links well into the NHS/Public Health’s Make Every         Contact Count drive to guide healthy choices in even the shortest encounter.
  •   Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is an option that can be used as a means of measuring outcome data from different     contexts set out on a 10 point scale. It enables the data to be placed on a quantitative measurement scale, tackling the   problem of how to adequately identify and measure qualitative goal impact and attainment.

  As ever, signing up is quick and easy - anyone interested simply needs to email info@mindfood.org.uk or call Lucy   Clark on 07720 092954 and she will be happy to take you through the registration process. 

Click to see MINDFOOD DECEMBER newsletter

Posted: 4 December 2019