A mental health charity is set to move into a new home next month after receiving an Asda grant of more than £20,000.

Headspace in Bolton has been temporarily using the Octagon Theatre and the University of Bolton to run its performing arts sessions.

Since Asda provided the grant, it now means that the organisation will have a more permanent base and can use the grant to refurbish the new place.

Up until now the charity hasn’t had a permanent space

Co-founder, director, and occupational therapist, Ginny Allende, said: “Over lockdown we went from running two sessions a week held at the University of Bolton and the Octagon Theatre because we didn’t have our own base.

“They hosted us and really kept us going and supported us over the years.

The Bolton News: This is expected to make a huge impact in the communityThis is expected to make a huge impact in the community (Image: Ginny Allende)

“The sessions grew during lockdown to seven sessions a week on Zoom, where we offered support online.

“Both organisations tried their best to accommodate us, but that’s when we found our own place.”

Through a lottery grant received a few years ago, they were able to rent a place on Bradshawgate, but it wasn’t fit for purpose.

Ginny added: “There was a lot of sound intrusion, there was no lighting; and it wasn’t accessible.

“A lot of people who come to us have autism and sensory needs so this wasn’t ideal.

“Thanks to Asda’s grant it will be a creative space for arts, with a performance stage, where people can feel safe.

“We also like to have a space for people who don’t want to drink

“It’s really huge because now it means we can do regular performances.

“We wouldn’t be here now if it hadn’t been for the grants, so we are lucky really.

“We have painted it as well and made it more homely.”

The charity is predominantly used by those with lived experiences of mental health struggles, although it is open to a wide range of people through creative workshops, led by professional artists practicing in their field.

The Bolton News: Headspace overjoyed with grantHeadspace overjoyed with grant (Image: Ginny Allende)

It relies on grants to keep going, which has been regularly provided from lottery grants and Bolton CVS over the years, as well as donations.

Ginny said: “We hope that in the future we will be able to provide long-term employment through sponsorships and working with local businesses and make it sustainable.

“It’s a space where those with lived experiences can have a go, as well as being open to the general public.

“It’s really nice to be able to break down barriers and some taboos in a very different way, and opening up conversations, and making it accessible to people.

“This can lead us to talk about some uncomfortable topics.”

Ginny is hoping to officially open the centre in October this year.

For more information click here (www.headspacebolton.co.uk).

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