Mental health charity, Community Meeting Point, to host open day to celebrate two years in Harpenden

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A Harpenden charity which supports adults with mental health problems will host an open day this month.

Community Meeting Point (CMP) will open its doors on Saturday, August 31 from noon to 3pm in its hub, Harding Parade in Station Road.

CMP is celebrating the two years that it has been based back in Harpenden following a three year spell in Wheathampstead.

Residents are invited to enjoy a cream tea and see how the service provided at CMP changes people’s lives. There will also be displays from recent activities such as therapeutic art classes, music, gardening and photography along with a demonstration of how CMP promotes healthy living.

Harpenden's town mayor, Councillor Rosemary Farmer, is attending and will give a speech at midday.

CMP manager, Richard Thomas, said: "We are proud of our local roots and have been supporting residents of Harpenden living with mental health problems for over 22 years.

We were surprised last month when we realised so few Harpenden residents had heard of CMP, despite our day services and charity shop being very near the station in the town centre.

"We hope local people and businesses will come along on Saturday, see for themselves what we do and feel they can support us going forward."

Staff and volunteers will also be there on the day and some of the people CMP supports will also be there to talk about how the charity has helped them; including offering them real work experience and the chance to complete a City and Guilds course in customer service.

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