Take a step towards prioritising your mental wellbeing and explore the diverse range of wellbeing groups and activities available online or in your local community.

Let us know if you spot any activities that are no longer running or that should be added and we’ll update our list!

Please note that groups and activities might pause for the festive holidays, have special events scheduled, or not run in December and return in the New Year. Always follow the links given or contact them to make sure before you go.

City-wide and online

North Leeds

LS6, LS7, LS8, LS16, LS17, LS21, LS22, LS23

West Leeds

LS4, LS5, LS12, LS13, LS18, LS19, LS20, LS28

City Centre

LS1, LS2, LS3, LS11

  • Coffee and cake drop-in with Out Together LGBT+ at Flamingos Coffee House, Central Arcade, LS1 6DX, Wednesdays from 10.30 am to 12 noon. Out Together creates communities for older LGBT+ people. Keep up-to-date on their website or social media.
  • Leeds Angels FootballAngels of Freedom are working with the Leeds United Foundation to deliver free LGBT+ weekly fitness through football sessions, on Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon at Powerleague Central Leeds, Wellington Bridge Street LS3 1LW. All experience and fitness levels welcome, including absolute beginners. Sessions are non-competitive and focused on fitness and fun. No booking required, just turn up on the day. More information from info@angelsoffreedom.org.uk.
  • Mall walking at White Rose Centre – a great way to exercise in a safe, warm and dry environment, make new friends and have fun at the same time. The White Rose Centre Mall Walking takes place from 9.00am to 10.00am on weekdays, when the centre is closed to shoppers. Benefits include improved health, the opportunity to walk whatever the weather, meeting like-minded people, discount vouchers and two coffee mornings a year with raffles and free refreshments. Walk this way and call at the Customer Service Centre located on the lower level next to New Look to register – explore the centre’s map if you’re not sure.
  • Meet & Make – Meet & Make run adult only sessions inspired by Leeds Art Gallery current exhibitions and displays and offer a space to be playful and creative. Drop-in sessions run every Friday from 1.30pm to 3pm.
  • Saturday Sanctuary – Leeds Sanctuary’s monthly relaxed space to start your weekend, with newspapers and board games, and free tea, coffee and pastries. It’s a chance to meet your neighbours in the Dock area, from 10.00 am to 12 noon at The Glass Box, Leeds Dock, LS10 1PZ. Visit their website for upcoming dates.
  • Social Over Soup at Age UK Leeds – launches on 31st October 2023, the SOS (Social Over Soup) is free for peple aged over 50 in Leeds. Go along to enjoy a hot bowl of soup, meet new people and enjoy a natter. It’s held on Tuesdays from 12.30pm at the Age UK Leeds community hub, just at the side of the St John’s Centre. No need to book, just go along and a warm welcome will be waiting! Contact Age UK Leeds for information about their activities: call 0113 389 3000 or email info@ageukleeds.org.uk.
  • Wellbeing Walks – join Leeds Santuary for fresh air and exercise in the middle of your day, walking whatever the weather! Come solo or with your team, share lunch together. On Thursdays, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, meeting in Armouries Square and end up in Fearns. Wellbeing Walks are for anyone who lives and/or works in the Leeds Dock area. Find a list of upcoming dates on their website.

South Leeds

LS10, LS11, LS12, LS26, LS27

  • South Leeds Community Kitchen – this community kitchen launched in St. Luke’s Church, Holbeck in May 2023 and will be open on the second Sunday of every month from 4pm to 5.45pm. There’s free, nutritious, hot food, board games, toys for kids and friendly faces to chat to. They serve gluten-free/halal/vegan options also and the meals are family-friendly, with a different theme every month. There’s no referral system required, just drop in and join in!

East Leeds

LS9, LS14, LS15, LS25, LS24, LS25

  • Big Club Fitness – community gym-based session with direction for beginners, catered to bigger bodies. No experience needed and one-to-one support offered. Meets on Thursdays from 10.00am to 11.00am at the Denis Healey Centre, LS14 6RD. Email seacroftcommunityontop@outlook.com for more details.
  • Chapel FM Writing Group – in-person and onlline, come and explore your love for poetry, stories and spoken word in a supportive and creative environment. No previous writing experience needed. The group meets on Wednesdays from 1.00pm to 2.30pm at Chapel FM Arts Centre, LS14 6JB. Email info@chapelfm.co.uk for more details.
  • East Leeds Men’s Art Group – a space to get creative for men at Nowell Mount Community Centre, Nowell Mount, Harehills LS9 6HR. Run by the East Leeds Project, no art experience is needed to join this relaxed and friendly group – just turn up! Meets on Thursday from 11.00am to 1.00pm, art materials are provided and lunch is included. For more information, call: 07946 870 117 or email info@eastleedsproject.org.
  • Kuluhenna Drama workshops – this women’s only group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am to 12 noon at the Anglers Club, Nippet Lane, Leeds, LS9 7TB. Come along to make friends, have fun and develop your acting skills. All workshops are free to attend and everyone is welcome. A crèche is also available.
  • Men’s Pie Club – this men only group runs weekly on Thursdays from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at Wykebeck Day Centre, Wykebeck Valley Road, Leeds LS9 6NR. The club offers a pie, cup of tea and a chat. Men’s Pie Club believes in talking, looking out for each other – and pie! Call 07925 575 961 or email chris@menspieclub.co.uk for more details. Please complete the online form to book your place. Look out for more clubs starting in Leeds soon.
  • Mind, Body and Soul women’s group – from Space2 runs weekly on Wednesdays from 10.00am at Space2, The Old Workshop, Gipton Approach, Leeds LS9 6NL. This women’s group will offer the chance to build confidence, learn new skills and create art. Contact Jelena to join or find out more: email jelena@space2.org or call 0113 320 0159. Download a flyer for more details.
  • Norwell Mount Community Group – join the Facebook page to find out about latest events at Nowell Mount Community Center, Harehills, Leeds LS9 6JJ.
  • Seacroft Craftivists – run by Climate Action Seacroft, the group uses crafts and gentle words to protest and raise awareness. They meet on Thursdays from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Chapel FM Arts Centre, LS14 6JB. Contact climateactionseacroft@gmail.com for more information.
  • Seacroft Wellbeing Warriors – wellness/wellbeing group that’s a safe and supportive space where you can explore a variety of topics related to self-improvement and personal growth.They meet on Mondays from 1.00pm to 2.30pm at LS14 Trust, LS14 1BT. Find out more: email hjthistlewood@virginmedia.com.
  • Social Squad – at Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People, runs every two weeks on Saturdays from 1.00pm to 4.00p at The Centre, St Mary’s Street, LS9 7DP. It’s a fun group, led by ideas from members. Contact Christine for more information: email christine.roche@lsdbp.org or text 07721 422 261.
  • Space2 – Space2 is an award winning arts and social change charity, based in inner East Leeds. Find out what’s on by viewing their timetable.
  • Strega Running Club – is a dedicated women’s-only running community based in Leeds LS9, offering a secure and encouraging environment for local women to enjoy in outdoor exercise. The club focuses on physical fitness, social connections and promoting overall wellbeing. They aim to empower women of all ages and fitness levels, with weekly running sessions, monthly social gatherings and occasional walking activities. Find out more on their Instagram page @stregarunning.
  • Temple Newsam Tea and Talk Club – join the club on the last Wednesday of every month at 11am to 12 noon for an hour of sociable history in the stunning surroundings of Temple Newsam House. A talk will be delivered by an expert member of staff and refreshments will be provided. There’s no need to book ahead, just drop-in and the sessions are completely free.
  • Wellbeing Wednesdays at Leeds Art Gallery – participate in creative activities to make artwork in response to artworks on display. All the materials are free and provided. The sessions run from 11.30am to 2.30pm, each Wednesday during term time.
  • Women’s health and retreat – a women’s only wellbeing group that meets every Monday between 10am and 1pm at Hamara Healthy Living Centre, Tempest Rd, Leeds LS11 6RD. Activities include arts and crafts, mindfulness activities, stress management, improving English skills and more. For more information call 011 277 3330 or email admin@hamara.co.uk.

Creative groups and activities

You can find a wide range of organisations in Leeds that can help you to enjoy arts activities, events, workshops and classes.

Outdoor groups and activities

There are also gardening and allotment groups around Leeds, which encourage people to get together to grow and nuture plants, develop their garden care skills, get some exercise and have a chat.

Peer support groups

Peer support brings together people with similar experiences so that they can help and support each other. Joining a support group can help you to develop effective ways of coping in a safe, friendly and supportive space.