By Tristan Harris Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 01:28
MEMBERS of Bromsgrove’s Monday Club, which helps those suffering with long-term mental distress, got together this week to mark a marvellous milestone for the group,
A celebration to toast the club’s 25th anniversary was held at Catshill Baptist Church’s community centre on Tuesday (September 10).
Each week members meet up with friends, offer help and support to each other and take part in a variety of activities, including poetry writing and reading, music appreciation, flower arranging and art.
It is a remarkable achievmement, especially considering the Monday Club was facing closure in February 2011 when the Rivendell home it had been based at was no longer available.
Ex-professional community psychiactric nurse Bob Bagshaw, who was there at the launch on September 5 1988, runs the club and is currently mentoring others to help too.
He said: “We were told in 2011 that the Monday Club was an old fashioned concept and wasn’t needed.
“But this milestone proves that people still need groups like this - if anything, it has gone from strength to strength.”
For more on the Monday Club, call Bob on 01527 403900.
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