Mental health support group closes

Members of Harborough and District Mind at Foxton Locks
Members of Harborough and District Mind at Foxton Locks

A group which has supported people with mental ill health in the Harborough district for nearly 10 years has closed.

Harborough & District Mind, the mental health charity which has run a drop-in support group at Harborough’s Congregational Church for nearly a decade, held its final meeting on Thursday last week.

Mind provided a safe and friendly place for people affected by mental health issues.

It organised events in Harborough and worked to overcome the stigma that often comes with such issues.

In addition to the drop-ins, it ran wellbeing workshops, organised various outings and provided educational and fun speakers for the group.

It also held weekly gardening sessions at Little Bowden Recreation Ground.

Debra Giulietti, who used to manage the charity’s Harborough branch, said: “It will be a big loss to the town.

“We have had both tears and laughter over the years.

“I have left with many fond memories of the group.”

“Unfortunately, the local Mind charity has become too small to pass an upcoming national Mind review and therefore has made the decision to close.

“We would like to thank all its service users, volunteers and especially the people and funders who gave their time and money.

“It was their support that enabled us to exist.”

Graham Scott, the group’s secretary, added: “It is a sad time, the group has been a valuable resource for many people in the local area”.

All remaining funds are be donated to Voluntary Action South Leicestershire which will ensure the money is used to help people with mental ill health in the area.

The next nearest Mind branch is in Corby.