Activ-ate is an initiative of Sutton 1 in 4  Network which builds upon the success of Sutton Circle of Support. It is a peer led group and aims to encourage people to become more active and to share their interests as well as developing connections outside of mental health services.

Our aims and values

  • To act as a source of inspiration and support reducing the burden of living with distress and mental ill health.
  • To remind Activ8 members that they are not alone.
  • To provide a space for members to be themselves without fear of rejection or ridicule.
  • To recognise people’s achievements and strengths and to celebrate and share these.
  • To enable Activ8 members to regain strength from realising that they are an important part of the group but also the community.
  • To provide an opportunity for members to benefit from the collective wisdom and experience of the other members.
  • To enable Activ8 members to develop their self and collective advocacy skills.
  • To enable Activ8 members to share their life challenges with those who understand.
  • Encourage Activ8 members to listen and be listened to.
  • Provide opportunities to make authentic connections that increase their sense of wellbeing.
Spring 2019 Activities
Some of these activities are run by Activ8 and are peer-led; others are run by independent organisations. All are open to everyone.

Walking Group *Peer-led
This peer-led group embraces the five steps to wellbeing in its programme, which are:    Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give.
Monday 18th March – Kew Gardens. Meet at Sutton station at 10am.
Host: Jeremy Bamford
Tuesday 2nd April – The Museum of Childhood. Meet at Sutton station at 10am. Host: Pat Sullivan
Thursday 23rd May – Oaks Park. Meet at Belmont at 11am.
Host: Sandra Amalakumar
If you have any suggestions for more trips/walks please speak to Jane or email me at
Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking and bring a packed   lunch/money for lunch and freedom passes

Community Dining Club *Peer-led
•  Friday 1st March, 2.00pm – Park Place Carvery Mitcham
•  Friday 29th March – Pizza Express, Sutton, 7pm
•  Friday 26th April –  Prezzo, Cheam Village,  7pm
•  Friday 31st May –  Indiya Indiya, Sutton, 7pm
•  Friday 28th June – The Plough Harvester, 7pm
Please bring enough money to cover your meal, drinks and transport.

Moon on Mondays *Peer-led
Support Group every Monday between 7:15pm and 9:30pm
Moon on the Hill, Wetherspoon Pub, 59 Hill Road, Sutton, SM1 1DZ
Anyone welcome

Haven *Peer-led
Support Group every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm
The Salvation Army, 45 Benhill Avenue, Sutton, SM1 4DD
Anyone welcome

Saturday Link *Peer-led
Support Group every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm
Esquires Café, St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton, SM1 1AY
Anyone welcome

Signpost Sutton Session
Date TBC
Between 1:30pm and 3.00pm
Held at Sutton Connect, 63 Downs Road, Belmont, SM2 5NR

Signpost Sutton Session
Date 30th April 2019
Between 1:30pm and 2.45pm
Held at Sutton Connect, 63 Downs Road, Belmont, SM2 5NR

Empire Cinema Sutton – Senior Showings
Wednesdays, 11am
Tickets – £3.50
       See Jane or email for more details

Bananas Art
Art for fun!
Join us to draw, paint and chat over a cup of tea.
We are a group of adults who meet to use visual art to build confidence and self-esteem.
Core members have experience of mental health problems.
We meet on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm in Wallington.
Contact us by email:

Tennis Recovery Group
‘Wellbeing through Tennis’
Wallington Tennis Club, Hillside Gardens, Wallington, SM6 9NX
Come any time between 1:30pm and 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoons.
Rackets and balls available.
To join this friendly group, please contact Penny Meakin (Lead Volunteer)
By mobile 07507865753 (preferably TEXT) or email

Chair Based Exercises
Every Wednesday, 11am – 11:45am
Sutton Age UK
Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton, SM5 3NL
Light and gentle exercise class which is done from the comfort and safety of a chair.
To book, please call Toni on: 020 8770 6959
or email:

Walking football
Every Wednesday
From a qualified level 3 FA Cup trainer, for games and a chat over tea or coffee afterwards. Sessions will be held on grass if dry and inside if wet. At the Cricket Centre, Plough Lane, Wallington, SM6 8JQ, 10.15-11.30. Cost £2 per session.  Contact Oli Johnson on 020 86692177 or email

Walking Cricket
is also on now at the Cricket Centre from 10-11.30 on Monday and there is now a Girls Win group for young women between 18-25 on Mondays from 5-6.30pm and London Features, an employability programme for young adults 18-25 with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems on a Monday from 6.30-8pm. All courses will be held at the Cricket Centre, Plough Lane, Wallington, SM6 8JQ, 10.15-11.30.