A REJUVENATING refuge for carers and the community celebrated its third anniversary with an open day.
Hops (Healing Opportunities Provision Service) offers alternative therapy treatments such as reiki, shiatsu and aromatherapy from its base at the Friends Meeting House, Roker Park Road, Sunderland.
It is run mostly by volunteers, while all other therapists work for a reduced professional fee.
“The open day was an opportunity for people who were curious to find out if alternative therapies were right for them,” said trustee Lesley Barefoot.
“Carers who put the needs of others ahead of their own, need a morning or afternoon to themselves to recharge their batteries. Our centre could be the place for them to do this.
“If a carer is worn out, this will have an impact on the care they are able to provide. The centre aims to alleviate some of their stress.
“It is, however, open to all and welcomes private patients as well as those who have been referred by their GP.”
The open day also celebrated the arrival of manager Helen Bedford.
On Friday, Hops has a drop-in session for the over-50s, between 11am and 2pm.