North Kent MIND to Transform Historic Almshouses into Mental Health Hub with Council Funding

North Kent MIND to Transform Historic Almshouses into Mental Health Hub with Council Funding

North Kent MIND Receives Council Funding to Transform Historic Almshouses into Mental Health Hub

Plans are underway to create a state-of-the-art mental health hub in the heart of Dartford, thanks to a substantial funding boost from the local council.

North Kent MIND, a charity that provides support for individuals struggling with mental health issues, has been awarded a generous grant of £267,300 to renovate and expand the existing Grade II-listed Almshouses on West Hill. The building, which the charity currently leases, will undergo a transformation to become a fully equipped facility for the community.

The funding, allocated from the council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), aims to alleviate the pressure on NHS mental health services by providing a permanent resource for those in need. The renovated Almshouses will offer a wide range of services and support for local residents, as well as a mindfulness courtyard garden.

In addition to its primary purpose, the charity also plans to open the venue to the public twice a year, allowing visitors to learn about the building’s history and appreciate its unique architectural features. The space will also be made available to other local charities, creating a holistic support model for the community.

Laura Cordell, who runs the Kindness and Well-being group in Dartford, is thrilled about the additional funding for mental health services. “There is a growing demand for mental health support, so it’s fantastic to see investment in this area,” she said.

The CIL funding has also been allocated to other important projects in the community, including the repair of the historic Spital Street Methodist Church and the expansion of the Christ Church in Cross Road. A portion of the funds will also go towards improving parking issues in Chatsworth Road, a busy area due to the nearby Holy Trinity Primary School.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is an essential source of funding for local organizations in Dartford, helping to improve and enhance community facilities and services. With the latest allocation, the council is committed to making Dartford a better place to live and work for all its residents.

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