Our New Office Launch
Local politicians, Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood, Florence Eshalomi, MP for Vauxhall, and the Mayor of Lambeth, Annie Gallop, joined mental health charity Lambeth & Southwark Mind, to mark the opening of the charity’s new offices and counselling spaces in Brixton on Thursday 2nd December.
Lambeth and Southwark Mind services supported 1,821 people within the community in 2020-2021, by providing general psychotherapy, psychosis therapy and peer support programs. Both boroughs are highly diverse with significant BAME communities and twice as many people of black heritage likely to have a mental illness compared with white British counterparts.
Alastair Smith-Agbaje, CEO for Lambeth & Southwark Mind said: ‘This is a strategic move for the charity, moving to an office space that is practical, fit for the purpose and in an excellent location, offering increased facilities for counselling which is so important during these difficult times with a huge demand on our services.’
Helen Hayes MP, commenting on her work with the charity in 2021, said: “‘I am very impressed with the work and services of Lambeth and Southwark Mind. In April 2021, I submitted to parliament on behalf of the charity, their consultation on the Mental Health Act Reform White paper. I look forward to continuing with this work in the New Year.”
Tom McCabe, Chair of Trustees for Lambeth & Southwark Mind, thanked supporters, staff, trustees, volunteers, National Mind, corporate funders and an array of community members who attended the opening. “Sustained funding is key to keep our services growing and meeting the needs of our residents within both boroughs,” he said. An award was presented to Ropes & Gray LLP solicitors for their generous contribution of human resources support and donations.
The evening opened with a lively icebreaker singing rendition of the popular 1970’s Sister Sledge song ‘We are Family’ led by Mark De-Lisser, vocal coach, choral director arranger, and former Lambeth resident. Mark commented: ‘Music and singing are so important for improving mental health.’
The new offices are located in the heart of Brixton, at Unit 4, Piano House, 9 Brighton Terrace, SW9 8DJ. The official opening was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Helen Hayes MP and Florence Eshalomi MP.
Read more about our office launch from the Brixton Buzz by clicking below.
Posted on: 20th December 2021