Sunderland Mayor open new mental health charity base

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Coun. Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan opening the re-vamped MIND in Norfolk Street, on Thursday.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland Coun. Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan opening the re-vamped MIND in Norfolk Street, on Thursday.

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A MENTAL health charity has been given a £52,000-revamp.

Mind has re-opened after its base in Sunderland city centre was given a makeover.

Sunderland Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Iain Kay and Barbara McLennan, cut the ribbon on the four-storey building in Norfolk Street.

The cash, from the Social Enterprise Investment Fund, paid for interior of the 200-year-old building to be brought up to date, including new carpets and a new phone system.

Mind, which has been based at the site for nearly 40 years, offers a wide-range of services to people battling mental health issues - from counselling to art groups.

It also works with 27 GPs surgeries around the city and offers an out reach service to employers.

Project manager Dorothy Gardiner said: “The beauty of it is that it is a self-referral service. It is self-referral open access that breaks down the barriers.”

Mind opens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm, Tuesdays 10am-6pm and Fridays 9am-1pm.

As well as eight paid staff, it also has 24 volunteers and volunteering opportunities are always available.

For more information, visit www.sunderlandmind.co.uk, email sunderlandmind@yahoo.co.uk or call tel. 565 7218.

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