New therapy centre opens in Higham Ferrers

Mayor Richard Gell cuts the ribbon to open the new therapy centre in Higham Ferrers
Mayor Richard Gell cuts the ribbon to open the new therapy centre in Higham Ferrers

A range of treatments will be available at a new therapy centre in Higham Ferrers.

Serve has launched the new venture at its premises in Upper King’s Avenue in the town.

It will be offering chiropody and podiatry services as well as health massages by two foot health practitioners in the building which used to be one of Serve’s day centres.

The premises had been empty for about six months before Serve started a £10,000 refurbishment of the site.

Chairman of the board of trustees at Serve, Alan Armson, said: “This was a day centre before and was an ideal property to operate these services out of.

“It’s a new venture.

“They are always people that need these services and we are looking to provide them at a lower cost than people will find elsewhere.”

Serve’s general manager Jess Slater said: “The services will be available to all Serve members and the community.

“It’s going to be open to everybody.”

She added that there has already been interest in the therapy centre with people booking appointments and several people popping in to find out more about its services ahead of the official opening carried out by Higham Ferrers mayor Richard Gell on Monday.

Cllr Gell said: “It gives me great pleasure in declaring this therapy centre open.”

He was joined by Cllr Michael Tye, who put some of his empowering councillors and communities money towards the therapy centre as well as Cllr Derek Lawson, Cllr Robin Underwood, Cllr Gill Mercer and Cllr Andy Mercer.

Serve was formed in 1981 as an information and resource agency providing support for older people in the Rushden area.

The organisation now covers the wider area of East Northamptonshire, North Bedfordshire and parts of Wellingborough.

Serve was initially operated solely by volunteers and while it remains fundamentally a voluntary organisation, many of the services are now delivered by trained, paid staff.

Serve has a client base of more than 5,000 people and it is hoped that taster sessions will take place every month so people who use Serve’s Well-being Centre can go along to try out the services now being offered in Higham Ferrers.

For more information about the centre, which will open for business on June 22 between 9am and 4pm, go to www.serve.org.uk or search for Serve Supporting Independence on Facebook.