Story of Mind in Heacham
Poplar Avenue, Heacham.
We won't give up until everyone experiencing a
mental health problem gets support and respect.
Norfolk and Waveney Mind is a local Mind
mental health charity offering an
extensive range of support, advice and
information to the people, businesses
and communities previously supported by
Great Yarmouth & Waveney, Norwich &
Central Norfolk and West Norfolk Local
Local Minds are independent charities -
we raise our own funds and we have our
own Board of Trustees who are
responsible for how we’re run.
Being local we understand our community
and tailor our services in response to
what people need most.
Being part of the Mind network means we
benefit from shared support, knowledge
and ideas. Nationally, Mind gives advice
and support to anyone who needs it,
campaigns to improve services and raise
We work in partnership with Mind
nationally and the other local Minds in
our network to deliver high quality
services to anyone who needs them
OF THE BUILDING
Years ago Heacham was served by a single doctor, Dr
Ford. He held his surgery in his house in Station Road.
As the population increased and the doctors practise
expanded a new surgery was built in a corner of Dr
Ford's garden opening onto Poplar Avenue. This surgery
was later to become the home of Mind in Heacham due to
the foresight of the late Dr Carole Brown. Dr Brown was
a member of the Heacham practise who had a great interest in
mental health. She was also on the board of directors of
King's Lynn and District Mind.
As Heacham grew and an even bigger surgery was required,
Mind bought the old village surgery with help from Rural
Development Council grants and transformed it into the
Mind Centre as we know it today.
This was a very progressive move as the other Mind
centres were based in larger towns such as King's Lynn
and Downham Market, rural areas such as Heacham were 15-20
miles from any help.
Mind provides a wonderful service to people who for one
reason or another require help to regain their
confidence to function in our ever changing world.
People lose confidence and find aspects of everyday
living tricky for many reasons and this is where Mind
can provide help and support. Many of us know very
little of the great work that Mind does and the impact
it has on lives of the vulnerable.
Mind Centre opened on Monday 5th September 1994 and was
visited by the Queen in 1997
a few photos taken from the Heacham Mind Photo albums.
Heacham Heritage Website
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