Middle Street Resource Centre (MSRC) is celebrating its 50th year of supporting mental health in the Beeston community.
MSRC currently offers a community café and garden that are open to the public from Monday to Friday and a variety of support and social activity groups to support people’s mental health.
Located in Beeston, on Middle Street, opposite the tram stop, the building is set back a little way from the road, and to many eyes resembles a 1970’s era primary school. This humble exterior and its moderately secluded location offer the advantage of space and distance from the glare and hubbub of the frantic 21st century world outside but might sometimes lead to this community venue in the heart of Beeston being overlooked by many.
Since the building’s inception in 1972 it has always hosted mental health support services. In 2015 Nottinghamshire County Council agreed for local registered charity (Beeston Community Resource CIO (BCR)) to continue a mental health provision at the centre following the withdrawal of the original psychiatric day service.
As a community venue with a focus on mental health support, MSRC reflects a shift toward a more open and integrated approach to mental health. As Business Development Manager, Paul Walsh, explains;
“Our vision since taking over the management of MSRC, in April 2015, has been to open it as a valued community space in Beeston for the whole population, with rooms to rent, a community café and garden for use by locals. Mental health support is at the core of our provision, and we have looked to integrate with the local community and reduce the stigma regarding mental health issues.
We would like to thank Broxtowe Borough Council, Beeston Consolidated Charity, Nottinghamshire County Council and many other supporters who have helped us to grow and thrive over the last 7 years”
To coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations, Mayor David Grindell has designated BCR as his chosen charity for his year in office.
Throughout the year there will be several events to celebrate and raise funds. Highlights include an Italian meal night with live music on May 27th, an evening of live acoustic music on Saturday 23rd of July, an afternoon Tea Dance on the 10th of September, and a 50th birthday celebration on the 7th October.
If you would like any more information about these events, or any of the other celebration and fund-raising events for MSRC, you can contact Middle Street Resource Centre via [email protected] or 0115 9252516.