Start of new era for Rushden Mind

Phoenix House, the new home of Rushden Mind
Phoenix House, the new home of Rushden Mind

A celebration was held to mark the official opening of a charity’s new premises and to thank all those who have helped them along the way.

About 100 people attended the grand opening of Mind’s new base in Rushden, including Rushden mayor David Jenney and mayor of Higham Ferrers Alan Dunn.

The mental health charity, which provides support and advice to people suffering from mental disorders or emotional distress, is now making the most of its purpose-built facilities at Phoenix House in Skinners Hill, Rushden, which is part of the building which used to be home to the Peter Crisp store.

Liz Parrett, from Rushden Mind, said: “The purpose of the grand opening event was to celebrate and thank the huge team of volunteers and the generous donors, who together made the refurbishment of the old Peter Crisp department store building possible.

“The result of the project is a purpose-built environment, which enables Rushden Mind to offer private consulting rooms for one-to-one appointments and counselling sessions, a well-equipped art room, training room and versatile bistro area for people affected by mental health issues.”

She added: “It went very well and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Invited guests were given guided tours of the building during last week’s event, which also included speeches by the two mayors and one of Mind’s service user trustees Violet Skinner.

There was a raffle, which helped raise nearly £170 along with other voluntary contributions.

Support for the grand opening also included donations from local Waitrose, Asda and Tesco stores.

The refurbished building is now available to the wider community for room hire and anyone interested in this can call Mind for more details.

For more details about Mind and its work in the Rushden area, call 01933 312800 or email

Further details are available on the charity’s website by visiting