Community Meeting Point started in Harpenden on the initiative of two local couples who both had sons suffering from long-term mental health problems. Their illness meant that they became socially isolated, struggled with unemployment and lacked motivation and structure in their daily lives.

At the same time, as a result of the Community Care Act many people with mental health problems were being discharged from long stay hospitals into local communities. There were however, very few services available to meet the diverse and individual needs of these individuals.

It was at this time that Community Meeting Point came into being to try and fill the gap, providing a focal point where people experiencing mental health problems could receive friendship, stimulation, support, and the opportunity of learning new skills and achieving things that were important to them.

We originally operated from 40 Luton Road, Harpenden in 1991. We stayed here until the building was sold by the NHS in 2000. We then rented premises at Unit 5, Bowers Parade, Harpenden but had to leave this site in 2008 as the building was being re-developed. We then moved to Marlborough House in Wheathampstead where the members first started taking part in activities similar to those we run today.

We returned to Harpenden to our current location on Station Road in August 2011.  Our charity shop was opened a week later.

Prior to 1 April 2014 CMP operated as a separate charity as a subsidiary of Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association. On 1st April 2014 the Trustees of CMP agreed to transfer the charity activities to Hightown.


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