Welcome to Mind in Harrogate District

Mind in Harrogate District is an independent charity founded in 1973 and is affiliated with National Mind and the Mind federation. 

There are more than 120 Local Mind Associations (LMAs) across England and Wales. Each local Mind association is an independent charity run by local people, for local people. Each is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides, but all are affiliated to Mind. This affiliation ensures that each local organisation meets Mind’s quality standards of governance and service delivery, and that they work to further the shared mission. 

Mind in Harrogate District works with other local Mind associations throughout Yorkshire and the Humber, as well as those further afield, to ensure we are delivering the best service possible.

National Mind produce many excellent publications on a wide range of mental health topics. It also campaigns on issues related to mental health.

Our Aims and Services

We believe that everyone should live full lives and play their part in society enjoying the best mental health they possibly can.

We aim to: promote positive mental health, continually listen and learn, work in partnership, strive for excellence and reach out to the whole community.

We provide a friendly relaxed environment where you can meet people or join in activities. Some of our courses and activities are designed to work preventatively and enhance recovery. All our programmes encourage active engagement to help people keep learning, connect with each other and contribute to their communities.

In addition we offer a telephone and email support service. A large part of our work involves listening and providing information. If you would like to contact us for support or simply need to talk to someone then our details are provided on our Contact Us page.

Our work is funded by North Yorkshire County Council, National Lottery Awards for All, Two Riding Community Foundation, and supported by donations from many generous Charitable Trusts, Foundation Trusts and individuals – thanks for your support!

Acorn Centre Activities

Due to the lockdown restrictions across the UK, the Centre is currently closed for most face-to-face activity sessions. However, we are continuing to offer daily telephone support and a number of virtual activity sessions via our Zoom video-conferencing groups.

Click here for the October calendar of events.

To join any of our Zoom sessions, please phone 01423 503335 or email us at office@mindinharrogate.org.uk. For our other services, such as Counselling or Befriending, please see the main menu.

Some of our group sessions can now take place in the Centre. Places are limited and booking is essential.  The Acorn Centre will be open from April for:

  • Monday – Women’s Group
  • Wednesday – Arts and Crafts
  • Friday – Coffee and Conversation Group

Please check the programme for times.

We will not be able to admit anyone who hasn’t booked in advance. 

Mind Quality Mark June 2021

Mind in Harrogate District has been awarded the Mind Quality Mark (MQM). The MQM is a robust quality assurance framework created by Mind, the mental health charity.

MQM sets out the baseline of best practice and legal compliance in all areas of a local Mind’s governance and activities. To achieve the MQM, a local Mind must meet or exceed all 24 key standards.

Local Minds undergo a rigorous assessment which includes a thorough appraisal of organisational policies and procedures as well as a visit and interviews with trustees, staff, volunteers and people who use services. MQM is awarded when all standards are fully met.

The MQM provides assurance that local Minds across England and Wales are well-run organisations who meet Mind’s expectations of good practice, and in many cases excel beyond those expectations. It provides assurance that they are healthy, ambitious and strong in providing the highest quality support to people experiencing or at risk of developing mental health problems.