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Welcome to Washington Mind

Washington Mind is a local independent charity offering a range of mental health and wellbeing services and training to respond to the needs of local people. We do our best to ensure that the services are provided in a way that makes people feel comfortable and accepted in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.

We are a Local Mind Association (LMA), affiliated to the national organisation but registered as an independent charity in its own right.  Washington Mind adheres to the foundation principles endorsed by National Mind.

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales and works to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by:

  • Advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems
  • Challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion
  • Influencing policy through campaigning and education

Achieving equal rights through campaigning and educationSince its launch in 1946, Mind has grown into a nationwide network of supporters working through a central London office, regional resource centres and almost 200 local associations spread throughout England and Wales.

The town of Washington is situated on the geographical outskirts of Sunderland and has a quite distinct identity. The need to provide support and services to meet the needs of Washington people was an inspiration in the formation of Washington Mind in 1981 by a member of Sunderland Mind’s Committee together with a small band of dedicated supporters.  Interest and demand for services were apparent from the outset. Washington Mind continues to work in partnership with Sunderland Mind to meet the needs of people across the City of Sunderland. The service relocated to an independent base in Washington Village in April 2007 and delivers a range of services in community venues in Washington, the Coalfields and across Sunderland.

Changing our Legal Status
We will be changing our legal status from 1st April 2014 from a Charity to a Charitable Incorporated Orgisation (C.I.O.).  All other terms and conditions will remain unchanged.
Over the last 3 weeks We have tried to contact all our members, funders and contractors to inform them.  Click here to access our new Constitution.
Please accept our apologies if we have not been in touch with you.  If you have any questions regarding any of the above please let us know.  



Talk About Birds 2014 - free family event. Click here for more information!


Out and About...

As you can see from the pictures below, the Washington Mind staff have been very busy recently attending various promotional events around the city!


Sainsbury's Wellbeing Event Comic Relief at Sainsbury's

Washington Mind Office has now moved!

The Life House has opened it’s doors to the city of Sunderland!

The Washington Mind office has now moved into our brand new home, as phases 1 and 2 of the renovation works are now complete!

The building on Grasmere Terrace in Columbia which was the previous home to Bridge Women’s Education Centre will now be known as ‘The Life House’ and not only is it the home of Washington Mind, but also offers a wide  range of wellbeing services and activities to all! 

If you would like to offer an activity and would like to use The Life House as your venue please contact Washington Mind on 0191 417 8043.

The Life House Activity Schedule

Washington Mind is currently running lots of exciting activities, classes and courses from the Life House. Please click here to view the latest schedule!

Links and News

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Washington Mind Sevice Users are involved with the developement of a bi-monthly Newsletter.

The aim of this publication is to share experiences, events and news of Washington Mind services - click here to access the latest issue!

We actively encourage our Service Users and volunteers to beome involved in the continuing developement of our services.

Go to either the Service user Involvement or volunteer pages to find out how you could become involved.

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