Coronavirus note: Since the announcement of a second lockdown Sound Minds is no longer open for face to face services. Remote support and tuition continues by zoom and phone.

Free Stuff!

Sound Minds Community Choir (Zoom only, new members welcomed) All are welcome to join our choir meeting every Monday between 4.00 p.m and 6.00 p.m. at Katherine Low Settlement Battersea High St. SW11 3HP. 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 (sorry phone support only at present) 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

Regular supportive contact and encouragement from the perspective of people who have had similar experiences. Free to Wandsworth residents recently discharged from Springfield or Queen Mary’s Hospitals

Short Courses  (no group tuition currently available – some 1 : 1 tuition via zoom)  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

(phone and online only)

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

all face to  face sessions currently suspended


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.