Happy 35th Birthday Woking Mind
Posted: 30th of July 2014
On Saturday 25th October 2014 we are holding a major fundraising event at the HG Wells Centre Woking. The evening will include: a reception, 3 course dinner and a charity auction. We would be delighted if you are able to join us at this celebration and further details can be found in the events section of this website.

Woking Minders
Posted: 25th of October 2013
Match Report – Walton Excel - 18th October 2013

So this is it, the big day is finally here. Walton Excel was the venue for Woking Minders’ opening match of the 2013 / 14 season and the weather has been kind to us….the sun is shining!

The first of our 2 matches is against Rushmoor and we are certainly the strong favourites to clinch this opener. The first few minutes are dominated by Woking Minders with numerous attempts at goal, with the first successful shot taken by Jason to put us into a 1 – 0 lead. This pattern continues for the next few minutes until Nick attempts a rather ambitious scissor kick, which unfortunately ends in disaster. 2 broken bones later, Nick is taken off to hospital, resulting in a draw for our first match.

Thanks to everyone who took part and in particular to Paul Cheetham, who came out of retirement, in order to allow play to continue after Nick’s accident.

We all wish Nick a speedy recovery, and I look forward to seeing you all at the next game (15th November 2013), which will hopefully be slightly less ‘eventful’.


Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Posted: 11th of September 2013
On the 3rd September 2013, we organised a trip to Battersea Dogs & Cats home in Old Windsor. The visit enabled 15 members to have a tour of the Home as well as the opportunity to meet a few of the residents. We were also given a presentation on the history of Battersea, which was both educational and fun.

A good time was had by all and we would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Battersea for a fantastic day.

Future trips under consideration:

Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum

Watch this space....


World Book Night 2013
Posted: 29th of April 2013
World Book Night 2013

World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading that sees 20,000 selected volunteers give specially chosen and printed books to spread a passion for reading in their communities.

An independent editorial committee of librarians, booksellers, writers and broadcasters drew up a list of twenty titles from which the volunteers were asked to choose their book to give away – each volunteer receiving 20 copies of their favourite book.

Recent research has found that a third of households in the UK don’t have books in them, and 16% of adults struggle with literacy.

The ethos of World Book Night is that books are for everyone and reading has the power to change lives. World Book Night volunteers come from all walks of life and the only thing that connects them is their shared belief in the power and importance of books and reading.

As well as the books given by the volunteers, World Book Night also give books directly to institutions and through partners and charities to reach those who could especially benefit including prisoners, homeless people, those in hospital, care hostels and sheltered and supported housing.

Shirlyn has been selected as one of the 20,000 volunteers and her chosen book title is The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. She says she chose this book because it is an amazing story, and, although the protagonist’s life is blighted by mistreatment and terrible ignorance, it is also marked by love, compassion and most of all hope.

The Secret Scripture is a gift from Shirlyn to the clients at Woking Mind and she hopes that they will enjoy it as much as she did. If, however, anyone does not enjoy the book then please do not struggle through it but give it to someone who might like it but please give it a try.

Shirlyn - World Book Night giver.

Volunteer at Woking Mind

Drop-in Sessions
Posted: 25th of April 2013
Over the late Spring and Summer period the Monday and Tuesday drop-in sessions 10.30 to 13.30 at CornerHouse continue. Duncan will be running the art programme every Monday and Lindsay is arranging a healthy walk every Tuesday. In addition tea and coffee is readily available throughout the session and a light lunch is prepared for midday. The cost of attending is just £1.

Food Safety Training
Posted: 14th of November 2012
On Wednesday 12th December ten of our members will attending training with the adult education service. This is a one day course on food safety and the successful candidates will receive a certificate. This is very useful training for Woking Mind as it will support us at functions where we wish to offer a catering service.

Good luck to everyone who is participating!

May Day Quiz
Posted: 3rd of May 2012
The May Day Quiz held on Tuesday 1st May raised lots of discussion regarding fact and myths about the month of May. If you were unable to join us and wish to have a go at the quiz - here are the questions

1. How would people celebrate May Day in Medieval Times?

2. What is the 1st May traditionally called?

3. Is there any special person associated with this holiday? If so, who?

4. What is the gem stone for May?

5. What is the flower for May?

6. What is the name of the Greek goddess for whom May is named after?

7. Why did the Anglo-Saxons call May Tri-Milchi?

8. In folklore, was the month of May considered lucky or unlucky for getting married?

9. In folklore, was buying a new broom and washing blankets considered to bring good or bad luck?

10. Who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia on 5th May 1930?

11. What was the big achievement for Roger Bannister on 6th May 1954?

12. Who was the famous nurse born on 12th May 1820?

Interesting Fact: May Day superstition – young girls rushed out into the garden to wash their faces in the ‘May dew’. The old tale said that May dew had magic properties and the dew was able to remove freckles, spots and pimples!

Quality Management in Mind
Posted: 3rd of May 2012
We are delighted to be able to announce that Woking Mind has been successful in obtaining the Quality Management in Mind Certificate at level 1.

Our thanks to everyone who has helped us in preparing our self assessment and met with the reviewers at the assessment visit.

In the summary section of the reviewers report we were given the following excellent accolade

Woking Mind’s work and impact in tackling stigma related to mental health is disproportionate to its size and capacity. It has excellent innovative links and partnerships, more akin to a level three local Mind, with statutory, cultural and educational organisations in its area of benefit which deliver stigma tackling projects and services to members. Its engagement with student volunteers has worked incredibly well and produced the high quality online education pack, which needs to be promoted across the network. However, capacity for promoting and taking forward projects is very limited but the Mind network may be able to assist. The Board have a wealth of experience in mental and physical health and are very involved in the operational running of the organisation. Talking to all stakeholders it becomes clear how all the various activities and projects compliment each other and engage members in very different ways.