A centre for people experiencing mental health issues is one of the first community services to benefit from an infrastructure fund, which will eventually see more than £800,000 pumped into Hertsmere.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled at Borehamwood Wellbeing Centre today (Thursday 5 September) by Hertsmere Borough Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning. It marks the completion of a £7,500 project to refurbish the centre and create a separate room for one-to-one sessions and small group work. The project received a boost from our Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) which is a pool of funding collected from a levy on certain types of new development that can be used for improving local facilities and services.
As a result of the refurbishment, charity Herts Mind Network, which is responsible for delivering services from the Leeming Road site, says that they will be able to offer an extra 120 hours of one-to-one support per month.
Volunteers and staff from Herts Mind Network with Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen at Borehamwood Wellbeing Centre or Number 10.
Cllr Cohen said: “Since the Wellbeing Centre opened seven years ago, it has been an invaluable resource for the community, and we wanted to help ensure that it continues to do so.
“One in four people experience mental ill health at some stage in their lives, and as awareness and recognition of such conditions grows, we can expect demands on services like those available at the centre to increase.
“I’m delighted that the council has been able to play a role, using funding from developers which was earmarked for community use, in making this project happen.
“Not only will people experiencing mental ill health, benefit from the new layout, but so will their family, friends and carers and it will help build on the centre’s partnership work with a range of local organisations in the wider community.”
Julie Nicholson, Chief Executive of Herts Mind Network, said: "We were delighted to receive this funding in order to broaden the offer we can make for the people of Hertsmere.
"Managing our mental health can be a challenge and having more private rooms to offer increased one-to-one support will be a huge benefit to our clients.’
It was announced at the beginning of the year that 16 organisations had been successful in bidding for CIF funding. Two groups received larger amounts of money, totalling more than £600,000, including Elstree University and Technical College and Communities 1st (formerly Community Hertsmere).
Funding for a further 14 groups, including schools and sports clubs, was agreed by our Executive committee in December last year, with the money set to help improve community buildings, outdoor spaces and sports facilities.
Other recipients include the Noah’s Ark Hospice, which was given £29,467 to to facilitate the construction costs of building The Ark, a children’s hospice in nearby High Barnet
Posted on Thursday 5th September 2019