SPELTHORNE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Registered Charity Number 267003
The Spelthorne Mental Health Association shop – Charity at Home located at 66 Church Road (Opposite the War Memorial), is Ashford’s Oldest Charity Shop, and the only one dedicated to a purely local cause.
Charity at Home (SMHA) has been raising money for over 40 years, since it was founded in 1973 helping Spelthorne Residents recover from Mental Illness.
Spelthorne Mental Health Association runs a day centre for 18-65 year olds recovering from mental illness, providing companionship and activities such as Art, Woodwork, Soft Crafts, Dressmaking, Cooking, Papercraft and Relaxation, to help people recover from mental distress, stay well and enjoy a better quality of life.
SMHA are also looking to start keep fit sessions, music sessions, a choir and gardening group.
SMHA have moved around the area a couple of times over the years but are now settled in the peaceful and pleasant surroundings of Beresford House, the old park keeper’s house in Fordbridge Park, off Kingston Road where they have been since 2014.
SMHA run two minibuses bringing clients to and from the day centre from all areas of Spelthorne. one of which is funded by three county councillors. They are also used to take clients on day trips to places of interest or just to the supermarket.
Clients also help with fundraising, they organise an annual sponsored walk and 10 pin bowling match.
Over the last 40 years SMHA have helped many people to put their lives back together again after Mental Illness, none of which wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of their team in the Charity Shop who help to raise the Vital funds SMHA need, as well as the generosity and goodwill of donors and customers.
SMHA is funded mainly by the funds they raise through the Charity at Home shop, and do not normally receive grants towards their work.
The Charity at Home Shop is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Saturday.
SMHA welcome donations of clothing and household goods during opening hours or one of their volunteers Tracey may be able to collect smaller donations at other times (subject to availability), Tracey can be contacted via Charity at Homes Facebook Page .
The Charity at Home shop can also arrange to collect or deliver furniture and bulky items (subject to them meeting current regulations). Please contact them on 01784 252473 for more information, or pop in to the shop during opening hours.
SMHA welcome volunteers to help in many capacities, in the shop, at the day centre and on their management committee.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the Shop then please contact the shop manager Mrs Cheri Ling at the shop or call 01784 252473.
If you are interested in joining the management committee, help at the day centre or refer a client then please contact Mrs Jean Pullen, the administrator on 01784 557904 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out their Facebook page Charity at Home for more information about the shop.