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Mansfield Support Centre, Nottinghamshire – Renovation

 

This project renovated and refurbished Mansfield Support Centre, commonly known as Central Notts Mind, on St John Street.

The work had a double benefit, as it created a much more welcoming environment for the centre’s service users and created a possible income stream for the organisation, making the building more sustainable and providing funding for other services.

The building was turned into a space where the whole community can benefit from a wide range of services and wellbeing sessions, including reiki, art therapy, yoga classes, and short courses.

The work involved widening the entrance and installing a new entrance door, with push-button access for disabled users. A new reception area was created and a new kitchen fitted. 

The centre’s toilets were upgraded, and one was created with access for disabled people. New lighting, flooring and additional heating were installed and the building was decorated throughout.

The building’s flat roof had its felt removed and replaced with a rubberised coating. New guttering, soffits and fascia boards were also fitted, along with electric shutters on the windows for protection at night.

When it started looking at improvements, Central Nottinghamshire Association for Mental Health (CNAMH) consulted service users, staff and volunteers to see what ideas they had. The project was developed from their responses.

The organisation then took the plans to external groups who could be potential future users of the facilities to gauge the take-up of the plans. The task of getting these completed was given to a social work student from Nottingham University that was on placement with CNAMH.

She then also had the task of compiling a report on the results of this survey. The results showed that the improved facilities would be well used and will be appropriate to address the needs identified, especially as there was a lack of venues in the town suitable for small groups of up to 10 people.

As well as being a centre for MIND’s activities and events, the refurbished centre is also used for a choir run by an Alzheimer’s group, Singing for the Brain, sessions run by REACH for people with learning disabilities, and councillor surgeries.