Members, staff and volunteers at Harpenden’s Community Meeting Point (CMP) are delighted to be back in their home and open for business. CMP held a party for members and volunteers of the organization on Friday 3rd June to celebrate the return to the premises.
The team at CMP is ready to welcome customers and is calling for new stock for its popular charity shop on Station Road. Volunteers and staff had been denied access to the Harding Parade property for six weeks, while Hightown Housing Association, which runs CMP, resolved a rent issue with the landlord.
It meant CMP’s hub, which helps 26 local people with mental health issues by offering support and a range of activities, had to move to temporary facilities with volunteers, staff and members bringing in their own equipment so the much-needed service could continue. They were grateful for the support of the Methodist Church in the High Street and the United Reformed Church, Vaughan Road, which opened their doors to the charity when it had nowhere else to go.
Hightown’s Support Worker Angela Greenaway said it was still an unsettling time for the CMP members, especially as routine and stability are important for many of them. But she added: "It was fantastic to see how the volunteers and members pulled together to maintain a structure and keep everyone’s spirits up. Many of them have been with the service for several years and they’ve built up strong relationships." Long-term CMP member Bob Cherry has written a letter to thank those involved. He said: "I would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the local churches that have offered shelter and support. They have gone the distance in keeping our service open. "Special credit should be given to the members who use the service for their perseverance at such a difficult time. Hightown must also be praised for their commitment to our charity. Without their help and support, CMP would not exist."
The charity shop, which provides fund-raising support for CMP as well as offering work experience to its members, re-opened its doors on Tuesday (31st May) and volunteers would appreciate any donations to help boost the stock.
We are a small local charity serving the area around Harpenden and St. Albans. We started in 1991, operate five days a week and support adults from Harpenden and surrounding areas whose lives have been affected by mental illness.
Our aim is to support members to regain skills, self confidence and interests and enable them to have the same opportunities and choices as everyone else in the community. We believe this will help to break social isolation and facilitate the recovery of a meaningful and satisfying life.
Our services are delivered by a small team of staff and volunteers.>
Community Meeting Point supports local people with mental health issues from its centre on Station Road, Harpenden.
From this location we are able to offer information, support, activities and opportunities for real work experience to support people whose lives have been affected by mental illness. People are supported to regain skills, confidence, interests and hope for the future.
Our shop provides vital support to CMP, and is the place to pick up a bargain, being located next door to our hub. It also provides opportunities for retail experience, and to engage with the wider community, as well as giving our members the chance to show off their creative flair.