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Two charities in Northampton have joined forces to ‘remove barriers and widen the gateway’ to help people access mental health support across the city and the wider county.

Pink Rooster, an award-winning organization that focuses on using the arts and creativity to help improve health and wellbeing, has established permanent residence at the Northampton site of St Andrew’s Healthcare.

The association, founded in 2013, was at a key stage in its development and needed premises as a long-term solution to sustain its services. It will now be located at the Wantage Gate entrance on Billing Road.

Knowing that St Andrew’s Healthcare is also a mental health charity based in the same town, Pink Rooster approached the organization to see if they could both work together to find a solution.

Pink Rooster CEO David Maxwell said: ‘When we started looking for premises, St Andrew’s Healthcare was at the top of our list of organizations to approach as we strongly believe that our shared values ​​and what we try to realize, line up.

“Pink Rooster is committed to improving the lives of those in need through the therapeutic power of music, arts and creativity, through educational activities and interventions. We restore hope and life to people living with mental and physical health problems. We are confident that by being placed in the center of downtown, we will have removed many barriers and widened the gateway to receiving mental health support, which we know many people have experienced.

Once the association is installed in its new premises, it will undertake to launch a center for well-being, therapy and creation, which will be open to the public. The premises will also provide a community hub for people, which will act as a central point of information, orientation and help promote local services and events.

There will also be consultation and therapy rooms which will be used for individual sessions and internet and telephone access. The space will be open to people of all ages and it is hoped that the services provided will support people with mental health issues and help prevent the social isolation that so many suffer from.

St Andrew’s Healthcare CEO Dr Vivienne McVey said: ‘When Pink Rooster asked us to rent office space from them, we were only too happy to accommodate. As a charity, we promote wellness, give hope and enable healing, so Pink Rooster’s goals, objectives and long-term plan fit right into what we’re trying. also to accomplish.

“We are delighted to support another like-minded charity and it is a huge bonus to have them on hand as they have also kindly agreed to step up and support our patients. Through research and the results of our own approaches, we know how powerful music, art and creativity can be when it comes to helping people, especially those with health issues. mental. resource to have.

Pink Rooster is governed by its Board of Directors and day-to-day operations and service delivery are jointly managed and coordinated by the Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director. The organization is mainly funded by various sources, including local authorities, charitable foundations, fundraising activities and donations from the public.

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