The Waddington Street Centre, Durham
The centre opened in Waddington Street United Reformed Churchâs hall in 1981 to fulfill a need for additional support for people with mental health problems in Durham. It began in a very small way as a day centre run by volunteers and only open one day a week.
It developed almost immediately due to demand and its considerable success and, with the help of additional funding, the day centreâs provision in the church hall was expanded and opened for five days a week. Over the years it expanded in to nearby buildings to accommodate a resource centre with facilities for education, computer training, and arts and craftwork and a drop-in open in the evenings, and in 1997 it was eventually fully reconstructed in to one accessible site due to Big Lottery Funding to provide a more purpose-built facility to keep up with demand and the nature of the provision.
The centre is now open during the day, five days per week (Monday – Friday).
There are also some evening sessions, including drop-ins and music and poetry performance nights when the centre is opened up as a community facility.