Community Meeting Point (CMP) is facing an uncertain future following the withdrawal of local authority funding, its main source of income.
CMP is Harpenden’s local mental health day centre, offering support for adults whose lives have been affected by mental illness. The service hosts social and therapeutic activities and has an associated charity shop, all run by a small team of onsite staff and a very loyal and dedicated group of volunteers, who have understandably found this news very upsetting.
Hightown Housing Association has run CMP for several years, which agreed with the previous trustees that it would take on the lease for the CMP premises and employ the staff. Hightown has been able to support CMP through many challenges; however, the recent funding loss means that Hightown cannot continue to manage the service.
Hightown is keen to talk to any organisations or individuals who can offer CMP leadership and help it to find a sustainable model for the future.
Hightown remains optimistic that CMP will be able to continue providing its much-needed services in a new format. We have had several meetings with volunteers and stakeholders to discuss the options; including the possibility of establishing CMP as an independent charity if new trustees were to come forward.
If you would like to discuss ways to support CMP’s future, please contact: