Active Minds

Physical activity can improve mental health

Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more. There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. Getting active can reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem, it makes you feel good inside and out.

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce feelings of stress or anger
  • help you take time out and feel more relaxed
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self esteem
  • help you be more active
  • help you make new connections
  • provide peer support

We offer activity focused and outdoor groups such as gardening, yoga and walking. All our groups are facilitated by trained staff and volunteers.

Our current activity focused services


Zoom Yoga – Gentle enough for all abilities, including beginners, seated yoga with Lucy, supported by Cornwall Mind staff.

Every Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.00pm 


Falmouth Allotment Project – We are developing two plots and grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables which we donate to Stones Bakery and the Coop Food Foundation. No experience needed, just a willingness to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Every Tuesday 10.00 am – 1.00 pm 

Every Thursday 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm 

Bodmin Soil to Soup Garden Group – In a beautiful walled Victorian garden, people can sit in tranquil surroundings or work on the vegetable plot. No experience needed.

Every Wednesday 10.00am – 12.30pm 

Bodmin SPADES Garden Group – A therapeutic horticultural project, you can help with the weeding, create your own flower bed or just sit and chat.

Every Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.30pm


Newquay Walking Group

Every Tuesday 10-12.30pm

Bodmin Walking Group 

Every Monday 2-4pm

Other Information

To join or refer to any of our wellbeing services please email

Resource – Mind information about how physical activity can help your mental health including tips for choosing an activity that works for you and how to overcome anything that might stop you from becoming more active – physical-activity-and-your-mental-health-2019-pdf-version