Community Meeting Point Harpenden to host drive to care for people with mental health problems

A Harpenden charity dedicated to helping people with mental health problems is holding a donation and volunteering drive this week.

On Sunday, November 10 a team of volunteers from Community Meeting Point Harpenden (CMP) will drive round Harpenden, St Albans and the surrounding areas collecting donations straight from people’s homes.

CMP needs good quality bric-a-brac, ornaments and kitchenware, as well as ladies clothing, shoes, handbags, toys, children’s clothing, music, small furnishings, men’s clothing and electrical items.

Richard Thomas, CMP Manager, said: "CMP was set up in the early 1990s by a group of Harpenden parents whose children had endured mental health problems. Its aim is now as it was then, to give people a safe place to belong, some structure to their lives and to play an active part in the community.

"For over 20 years, CMP has supported many local people suffering from mental health problems. We want to continue to do so but we need the help of our local community to survive. We are making it as easy as possible for you to donate your unwanted good quality items so please get in touch and book a collection for Sunday, November 10."

CMP is also looking for new volunteers who can spare anything from one hour a week to 15 hours a week.

Mr Thomas added:"We need people to help in the shop and we also need help with administration, collecting donations and our allotment.

"We are also excited to offer a community fundraising internship on a six to nine month contract for a university graduate who wants to gain experience of fundraising and event management by promoting CMP, organising events and raising money in the local community."

Residents who wish to make a donation should contact 01582 762579 by Saturday afternoon if they would like their donations collected.

Or donations can be dropped off at the CMP shop in Harding Parade, Station Road.

Interested volunteers should contact Mr Thomas on Richard.thomas@hpcha.org.uk.

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