Follow on options

“I’ve come a long way since. It’s enabled me to include more of the art/craft I used to do and hope to carry on with. A brilliant course!”

Follow on options after Open Arts courses:

HOFS studio six month studio placement

One day/half a day a week depending on availability. Please contact us for availability; 07903 188 673

Open Arts Studio

HOFS studio Friday drop in 1-4pm                       For people who have been attending the studio and wish to drop in following completion of their studio placement.

Please call the office in advance to book a place: 07903 188673 or Paul Alcock: 07951 931476.

Adult Community Learning Essex Link

Search for courses, and find information on courses offered by Adult Community Learning providers in Essex.


National Careers Service Link

Advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

Open Arts Facebook page

Open Arts Twitter and Instagram @OpenArtsEssex
Click here for @OpenArtsEssex  

A self-governed arts group for graduates of the Open Arts programme on completion of the optional 6-month studio placement. Please call Ed Dixon on 01277 653495 for details.


The Art Ministry

Weekly arts and crafts club for people with mental health problems. Meets in Hadleigh every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. For £3.50 a week you can join a 2 hour arts & crafts club. Express your creativity in a caring environment. All materials and refreshments are provided - there’s even an annual exhibition. The first session is free.

Email or call 07582 025163

Fitness in Mind - Brentwood

Provider of community health programmes focusing on improving the nations mental, physical and social wellbeing. To find out more  

contact the team by phoning 01277 246 057 email:

Brentwood Community Tree. Visit their website: For details of organisations in the area; from advocacy, volunteering to counselling.

Brentwood -Colour me in Café Why not come along and see what we do? No pressure-No obligation-No charge. Just an enjoyable few hours to relax and meet like-minded people.  Meet every Thursday in Christ Church Hall, Warley Hill,  Brentwood, CM13 3AA   11 am to 1 pm. (Open to adults 18 upwards)  For more information call/Text enquiries with name to:  07434 472021

REACH – Southend

REACH is the South East Essex Recovery College. It’s an environment where people with living experience support one another to a better way of life. REACH creates opportunities to learn in a safe and supportive environment and to apply learning in your daily life. It also includes lots of chances for people to share their experiences and connect with others who understand what it’s like to be living with a mental health condition. Offers courses and support.  01702 213134 Email

Active Women- Southend  There are exciting opportunities for women and girls to get active. If you are looking to get involved in sport and fitness, then this is for you. The aim is to increase female participation by providing an enjoyable experience.

No need to book any classes, just come along and join in. For the new programme or for further details contact 01702 567327 or visit

Volunteering  If you are thinking of volunteering or would like to find out more, you can visit the website

Volunteering in Southend or get in touch with SAVS by calling 01702 356060 or emailing   If you need Supported volunteering  please contact the Project Support Worker – Rachel Rooks or Telephone: 01702 356021

Castle Point Association for Voluntary Services If you would like to get in touch to find out more about our services or to get involved please contact.  Also offers befriending services. The Tyrells Centre, 39 Seamore Avenue SS7 4EX   Tel: 0800 840 4714 or 01268 638416   Email:  visit

Brentwood Volunteer Centre The Centre is designed to be a one stop shop for information and advice about how to engage volunteers or how to start volunteering. Working together with other Volunteer Centres in Essex, Brentwood is part of the Volunteer Essex website. The site hosts a range of information on volunteering and advertises many volunteering opportunities across the County. For information, please contact

For details of all volunteer centres and opportunities please visit

Join your local library, to access books, groups, online magazines, volunteering opportunities.

Your local library will have information and might have groups that you can attend, e.g. Hadleigh library offers a knit and natter session on Fridays 12.30-2.30pm, just turn up, bring your craft, 20p and an empty cup for a cup of tea or coffee.

Digital Art courses with Metal in Chalkwell Park, Southend. The project will explore how digital arts in an outdoor setting can improve mental health and well-being.  The project is FREE and open to individuals or groups. They can offer a one-off experience or a series of sessions introducing and promoting making art, telling stories, photography and/or music created in response to the art experienced in NetPark.  Sessions are typically on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s – mornings 10am – 12noon / afternoons 1pm – 3pm. Please check dates and times before turning up.  For more information about how to get involved, please contact Emma Mills on / 01702 470 700


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