Haringey thinking space

Aims to improve mental health and community wellbeing in Haringey. 

We work with communities in Haringey to develop thinking space meetings. These are therapeutic spaces in the community where local residents can meet regularly to share their difficulties and think together about how best to address them.

Thinking space encourages participants to reflect on their own and other people's experience to generate ideas about how to address difficulties. This helps them to make changes and build the strength and resilience needed to confront adversity.

Our approach is unique because it combines individual wellbeing and community development. This helps to strengthen interpersonal relationships and also build neighbourliness and community support networks.

Meetings

Thinking space meetings are facilitated by our staff and trained volunteers. Facilitators create a safe, inclusive and non-judgmental environment. They help local residents to think about how best to address individual or community issues. 

Attendance is voluntary and participants share stories, experiences and at times select a theme to discuss.

Weekly meeting

Every Tuesday, 6.30-8.30pm
Holy Trinity Church Hall,  Philip Lane, London N15 4GZ

Mums tea and coffee morning

Second Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Philip Lane, London N15 4GZ

Fourth Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm
The Hub, Lordship Rec, Higham Road, N17 6NU

Looking after women’s health and wellbeing

First and third Monday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm
Coombes Croft Library, High Road, White Hart Lane, London N17 8AD

Men’s group

Third Tuesday of the month, 5.00-7.00pm
Wood Green Central Library, 187-197A High Road, Wood Green, London N22 6XD

Effectiveness

Our approach was piloted in Tottenham for two years (October 2013 to September 2015) and was independently evaluated by the University of East London. 


They found that the project helped attendees to:

  • better understand their difficulties and to get support from each other
  • have reduced anxieties and improved personal and social functioning
  • develop the ability to form more meaningful social relationships 
  • reduce feelings of isolation and despondency associated with depression
  • build a sense of community amongst participants that crosses generations and ethnic groups

Tottenham Thinking Space was awarded the Bernard Ratigan Award for Psychoanalysis & Diversity by the British Psychoanalytic Council in 2015. 

Adults aged 18 and over, who live in Haringey.

Residents can self-refer by simply attending a thinking space meeting.

Health, social care and education professionals can inform Haringey residents about thinking space meetings if they think it would be of benefit to a particular individual. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.

07792 386773

jcampbell@tavi-port.nhs.uk

Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA 

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