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Centre for Better Health

Centre for Better Health

The Centre for Better Health is a community-based charity in Hackney that supports well-being and recovery from mental ill-health. Their services include low-cost counselling, social enterprises with trainee placements and community groups.

 

Social Enterprise

Centre for Better Health have three social enterprise businesses: Better Health Bikes, Better Health Bakery and Better Health Products Ltd. They provide time limited trainee placements to adults recovering from mental ill health. These trainee placements consist of on the job training, peer-to-peer training, team work as well as informal learning. The aim is for individuals to gain confidence and develop new skills whilst on placement.  Often these skills might be the ‘soft skills’ that people lose if they have not worked for some time.  Once the placement has ended they work with trainees to identify and secure next steps in education, volunteer work or open employment. Trainee placements from outside of Hackney are usually funded by personal budget.

 

Community Hub

Centre for Better Health run three termly programmes during the year. Their termly programme timetable includes courses and groups such as:

  • Creative arts and crafts: including Ceramics, Painting and Drawing as well as Plant and Herbal Craft
  • Health: yoga drop in classes, Chi Kung
  • Therapeutic Groups: women’s art group, Drama Therapy and Personal Development Group
  • Mindfulness, Indian Head Massage

 

Counselling

The Centre for Better Health offers a low-cost integrative counselling service that adheres to BACP guidelines. Their team of counsellors and psychotherapists offer a wide range of therapeutic approaches such as Person Centred, Gestalt, Existential, Core Process and Psychodynamic. They work with clients for an average of five months.

Sessions are available Monday to Friday from 9am- 5pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening sessions are from 5pm- 8pm. Sessions take place on the same day and time each week and last for 50 minutes each. Concerns addressed include: aggression, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic problems, emotional difficulties, LGBT, PTSD, relationship problems, stress and work related difficulties.
Costs:

  • £5 per session for clients who are unemployed and receiving benefits
  • £10 per session for clients who are in part time employment, self- employed, unemployed and not receiving benefits and student counsellors
  • £20 per session for clients who are in full time employment and for evening sessions

Jan 2016: Due to the high demand for our services our waiting list has increased. Current waiting times for a daytime appointment are up to 4 months and around 6 months for an evening appointment. However in some cases it may take longer.


People who wish to access low-cost counselling, training or community activities and are able to attend the Centre for Better Health in Hackney.
You can self-refer for counselling. To do this, download an Application Form and post it to The Centre for Better Health, 1A Darnley Road, London, E9 6QH or email us, or drop-in for an application form.

For social enterprise and community activities, please see the Centre for Better Health's website for more information or contact them using the details given below.
020 8985 3570
admin@centreforbetterhealth.org.uk
The Centre for Better Health
1A Darnley Road
London
E9 6QH

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Please get in touch to see how we can help.

We are really flexible and can work around you. We can come and meet you, or you can drop in and see us. If you’d rather speak to us over the phone, or send us an email or text – that’s fine too.

Opening hours:  9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

Drop-in hours:   Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1pm – 4pm (6 x 30min face-to-face appointments available on these days)

Call:                     0203 751 9684

Text:                    ‘HUB1’ and your query to 82727

Email:                  southwarkhub@together-uk.org

Drop in:               You won’t usually need to make an appointment to come in and see us in the afternoons.

If you want to pop in during the hours of 12pm-4.30pm, just turn up and someone will be there ready to speak to you.

You can visit us at the main Hub here:

Southwark Wellbeing Hub, at Thames Reach Employment Academy, 29 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UA.

Come to Reception and ask for the Southwark Wellbeing Hub. Someone from our team will then come and meet you.

Closest train stations: Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill
Buses: 12, 36, 171, 345, 436 (Vestry Rd stop)

Our pop-ups:

You don’t need an appointment to visit us at one of our pop-up locations. These locations may change month to month so do come back to find out where we are currently.

 

Dragon Cafe, Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High St, SE1 1JA
Closest tube station: Borough
Buses: 35, 40, 133, 343, C10 (Borough stop)
Dragon Café is across the street from Borough tube station, and based inside St George the Martyr’s church, in their crypt.

Mondays at 14:00 – 16:00 (this Pop Up is closed during August)

 

T&T2, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Road, London SE16 7LL
Train: Surrey Quays
Bus: 199, 225, 381 (Surrey Quays Shopping Centre)

Mondays at 14:00 – 16:00 (except for the third Monday of each month)

 

The Gardens GP SurgeryThe Gardens, London SE22 9QU
Train: East Dulwich
Bus: 12, 63, 197, 363 (The Gardens stop)
This Pop Up can be used by patients of The Gardens Surgery – appointments can be booked by contacting the surgery.

The third Monday of each month at 15:00 – 17:00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

Paxton Green Health Centre, 1 Alleyn Park, London SE21 8AU
Train: Gipsy Hill
Bus: 3 (Gipsy Hill stop)
This Pop Up can be used by patients of Paxton Green Group Practice GP Surgery – please contact the surgery to book an appointment.

Tuesdays at 10.00 – 13.00

 

Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street, London SE17 1QR
Train/Tube: Elephant and Castle
Bus: 42 (Congreve St stop) 21, 53, 63, 168, 172, 363, 453 (Old Kent Road East Street stop)

Every other Tuesday at 11.00 – 13.00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

East St GP Surgery, 301 East Street, Walworth, London SE17 2SX
Train/Tube: Elephant and Castle
Bus: 42 (Congreve St stop) 21, 53, 63, 168, 172, 363, 453 (Old Kent Road East Street stop)
This Pop Up can be used by patients of East St GP Surgery – please contact the surgery to book an appointment.

Every other Tuesday at 14.00 – 17.00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

Talfourd Care Leavers’ Hub, 7 Talfourd Place, London SE15 5NW
Train: Peckham Rye
Bus: 12, 36, 136, 171, 343, 345, 436 (Southampton Way)

The first Wednesday of each month at 13.00 – 15.00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

Lambeth College, Clapham Centre, 45 Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 9BL
Tube: Clapham Common
Bus: 50, 155, 249, 690 (Elms Road/Windmill on the Common)

The second Wednesday of each month at 12.00 – 15.00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

Lewisham Southwark College, Waterloo Campus, 25 The Cut, London SE1 8LS
Tube: Southwark
Train: Waterloo East
Bus: 45, 63, 100 (Southwark stop)

Thursdays at 12.00 – 14.00 during term time

 

Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB
Tube: Southwark
Bus: 35, 40, 133, 343, C10 (Southwark Street); 45, 63, 100 (Pocock Street); 344 (Great Suffolk Street); 381, RV1 (Lavington Street)
This Pop Up is run in conjuction with Blackfriars Settlement and Three Cs‘ Well Connected programme.

The first Thursday of each month at 10.00 – 12.00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

Nunhead Surgery, 58 Nunhead Grove, London SE15 3LY
Train: Nunhead
Bus: 78, P12 (Nunhead Green stop)
When you first arrive at the Nunhead Surgery, present yourself at reception. This Pop Up can be used by patients of Nunhead Surgery – please contact the surgery to book an appointment.

Thursdays at 14:00 – 17:00 (closed on the third Thursday of each month – see Events calendar for details)

 

The Green Nunhead, 5 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ
Train: Nunhead
Bus: 78, P12 (Nunhead Green stop)

The third Thursday of each month at 14:00 – 17:00 (see Events calendar for dates)

 

Inspire Café, The Crypt At St Peters, Liverpool Grove, London SE17 2HH
Tube: Kennington
Bus: 12, 35, 45, 148, 171 (Westmoreland Road stop)

Fridays at 12:00 – 15:00