Self-help group in plea for new base

14/9/2011'From left, Sue Cobb, Pamela Cox, Val Cockings, Jan Miller and Lindsay Body are unhappy at losing the use of their meeting place in Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead.

14/9/2011'From left, Sue Cobb, Pamela Cox, Val Cockings, Jan Miller and Lindsay Body are unhappy at losing the use of their meeting place in Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead.

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A SELF-HELP group is appealing for aid after losing its home of 10 years.

The informal mental health group has met around Hemel Hempstead for 33 years, including spells at other sites in Cotterells and Leighton Buzzard Road, before settling at its current home in Alexandra Road.

But from next Wednesday the organisation will be without a base following the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (HPFT) takeover of the NHS premises.

Lindsay Body, 62, from Woodhall Farm is a long-term member of the group, pictured top.

She said: “We’ve been told we can’t use a room in the building we’ve been using for 10 years now. It hasn’t been properly discussed and they told us the room isn’t going to be used.

“We’re now without a home and are urgently in need of somewhere new to meet.”

A spokesman from the trust said: “Although the group has been using the room for some time it has always been a self-supporting group and is not facilitated by HPFT.

“Following a review of room availability at Alexandra Road it has become necessary, in order to provide the best possible care for all our service users, to reassign the use of this space for other purposes.  

“We did not come to this decision lightly and we have spoken to the group and explained the situation.

“We understand that alternative accommodation for the group is being explored outside of the Trust.”