Our Activities


New classes and activities are constantly being added, so please keep checking here  and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
For the latest timetable of activities, please click the image here:-

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Meditation Course with Chat 1st

Adults - Inclusive Wellbeing Meditation Course

The Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood CM15 8AG

10 week peer supported course of classes starting Thursday 7th October 2021.
Thursdays @ 12.15pm to 1.00pm - £5 per session

Our Chat 1st classes are provided to improve your social, physical and mental wellbeing.

Adults - Inclusive Wellbeing Tai Chi Course

The Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood CM15 8AG

12 week peer supported course of classes starting Wed 1st September:- Wednesdays @ 11.15am (Arrive from 11am) - £5.00 Per Class / £50 for the whole course

Our Chat 1st classes are provided to improve your social, physical and mental wellbeing.

Join us at the Chat 1st Community Garden

Adults - Community Garden Project

Participants Invited.
Every Wednesday and Friday 10am - 12 Noon

Partnering with The Daily Bread Pop Up Cafe, the Chat 1st team are transforming the gardens at St Peters Church in Hutton, Brentwood to provide a community space for all to enjoy.

All are welcome to join in to help create a community garden that will not only improve the wellbeing of those that participate, but will most definitely improve the wellbeing of those that can use it when it's finished.

PLEASE NOTE: During the winter months, we will be hosting a 'Chatty Walk' from St Peters Church on the Friday, 10am-11am. Please feel free to join us.

Adult - Chat 1st Chatty Walks

FREE Weekly Supported Walks for Mental Wellbeing.
Every Tuesday from at 10am in Brentwood
Every Wednesday at 10am in Ingatestone
Every Friday from at 10am in Chelmsford

Walk and talk with the Chat 1st Team. We will be walking in groups of six and following Covid guidelines.

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Essex ActivAte for Whitsun Half Term

Chat 1st Youth - October Holiday ActivAte

Chat 1st ActivAte Chelmsford - North Avenue Christian Centre, Melbourne Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th October at 2-4.30pm

Chat 1st ActivAte Brentwood - SORRY FULLY BOOKED
Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th October 10-12.30pm

The popular club that gives additional support to Children who prefer smaller groups with fantastic activities, focusing on Mental and Social wellbeing is back this October half term.

Chat 1st Youth - After Schools Club

Chat 1st Youth - After Schools Club

Starting Thursday 11 November 2021

Hutton Community Centre, Hutton CM13 1LP Thursdays @ 5pm-7pm

A fun educational and inclusive wellbeing hub for primary aged children, from 5-11 years, looking for a little extra wellbeing support.

Youth Wellbeing Hub at The Hermit

Chat 1st Youth - Wellbeing Hub At The Hermit

Every Tuesday - The Hermit, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood CM15 8AG

Yoga - 5pm-5.45pm Boxing - 6.30pm-7.15pm Drop in for mental wellbeing support, socialise & chat - 5.45pm-6.30pm and 7.15pm-8pm

The Chat 1st Youth Wellbeing Hub will be the new home to our Youth Yoga and Box fit classes. Join in person or virtually via zoom. We also have the facilities for mental wellbeing support if you want to just drop in for a chat.

See what our members say about their Chat 1st Class experience…

“I started this programme feeling very anxious and apprehensive. Months later I really look forward to the sessions I feel much calmer and in control. Starting to engage with the other ladies in the group”

“Most encouraging and helpful to me. A very valid and much need programme in the community. Friendly and helpful staff. Extremely valuable time spent.. very many thanks”

Chatty Walks

“The thing I like most is meeting new people”

“I really appreciate the Chat 1st walks and the great team of supportive walk organisers. The walk sets me up for the day by helping me to take time out, feel more relaxed, practice mindfulness as well as improving my physical health. It’s a win-win so thank you to Nic, Jayne and Lyn”

The Community Garden

“I’m lucky to live near St Peters Church and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The garden is being transformed into a place of tranquillity and beauty. Well done Chat 1st Volunteers. Keep up the good work and than you for making my day”

Yoga & Tai Chi Classes

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend the classes! I really enjoyed the classes and meeting so many wonderful people”  

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the tai chai class yesterday. Gill is a great teacher, nice people and Cezzara helpful, friendly and supportive as always.”

“Highly recommend Chat 1st Tai Chi classes. Thank you for brining the ying and yang into my life”

“I’ve been shown a lot of time and consideration. Your staff have  given good advice and help to get going, and they are so nice”

“I was supported to attend the yoga class with my support worker. I have attended Renate’s classes in the past and really enjoy them” 

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“It’s helped me meet new people and clear my mind and just have fun”

“I feel fitter and channel anger into the boxing”

“I enjoy both yoga and boxing. Yoga is a lovely way to relax and feel at peace. Boxing is very fun and enjoyable.”


award winning

Chat 1st is an Award Winning Programme. An exercise intervention and coping mechanism for those struggling with poor mental health.

fully qualified

All sessions are delivered by fully qualified instructors with peer support from those with lived experience. The delivery team are qualified mental health first aiders.


The wellbeing of our members is the most important thing for Chat 1st. Our aim is to offer chat & exercise (at all levels) for support and signposting.