Leading Mental Health Charity Opens Doors to its New Building

A leading mental health charity has moved into its new premises in Sandwell.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group officially opened the doors to its brand-new building, Hope Place, in High Street West Bromwich where it will run its services from.

Originally established in 1973 as the Sandwell branch of the mental health charity Mind, the Kaleidoscope Plus Group has been providing crucial mental health services to the community for almost five decades.

In 2013, as part of a drive to increase the reach and diversity of its support services, it underwent a rebrand and moved to Hawthorns House in Halfords Lane, Smethwick. In 2019 the charity purchased the former West Bromwich Building Society Building in High Street where it will now operate from – the first time in its history it has ever owned its own premises.

At the end of 2020, a renovation of the former building society began with staff returning to the workplace at the beginning of September this year.

Chief Executive Monica Shafaq said: “We are delighted to open the doors to Hope Place which is based in the heart of the community for the community. It will be a hive of activity for our staff, volunteers and anyone who needs access to mental health and wellbeing support.

“Whilst we are a national charity, our roots are in Sandwell, and we wish to reflect that in our head office base. Hope Place will offer people a safe space to talk. Our friendly team will listen to you and offer support and advice as well as empower your recovery journey.

“We have a wide range of services that all run from our new office and will be a great source of support to people across the region. Anyone who accesses our services will receive support to manage their mental health and we can also discuss coping strategies. Our support workers will work with you to reduce any immediate pressures and be able to provide advice and signposting to specialist services, catering for individual needs.”

Ashraf Piranie, Group Finance & Operations Director at the West Brom said: “It’s great to be part of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s new premises grand opening. We are proud of our long standing relationship with the leading mental health charity and we look forward to hearing about the wide range of excellent support services they offer from the new Hub. It’s fantastic to see charities providing much needed specialised help to the local community.” 

Among the services running from its new premises will be the charity’s out-of-hours Sanctuary Hub which offers urgent support to people living in Sandwell or those registered to a Sandwell GP. The service is available Monday to Thursday 6pm-11pm and Weekends 6pm -11pm.

Earlier this month the charity also announced it will be running face-to-face support groups for parents and carers of young people that self-harm as well as a suicide bereavement support group.

The charity also has a number of rooms that can be booked for hire by local businesses and organisations. To enquire call 0121 565 5605 or email info@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk  

For more information about Kaleidoscope and its services visit kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk