History

Kettering Mind was a branch of the County Association, which had been running since 1964. There were 7 branches included in the County Association:

  • Kettering
  • Wellingborough
  • East Northants
  • Northampton
  • Corby
  • Towcester
  • Daventry

In 1974 the Kettering Group opened it’s first group home and in 1977 the Tuesday evening drop-in was opened. In 1981 Social Services Luncheon Club was formed and in 1983 a partnership was established between Mind and Social Services, with community funding providing the workers and Social Services providing the funding. Because of the success of this project, funding was found to employ a Co-ordinator and the running was handed over to Mind with Social Services providing funding for a worker, rent of church rooms, transport & equipment.

By 1992 the growth of the individual groups meant a further split was necessary:

North Northants Mind:

  • Kettering
  • East Northants
  • Corby
  • Wellingborough

Northampton & District Mind:

  • Northampton
  • Towcester
  • Daventry

In 1989 Kettering saw the launch of its appeal fund as the members of Kettering Mind wanted to fundraise for their own building (the daycentre was currently located in rented church rooms, and the office was based at 15 London Road.)

In March 1994 the Russell Street building was purchased and after extensive refurbishment the daycentre relocated to the new site, followed in the autumn by the offices.

1998 saw the devolution of North Northants Mind and Kettering Association for Mental Health was established still affiliated to National Mind but now a Charity and Voluntary organisation in its own right, managed by its own Executive Committee.

The Services have developed over the years and the Russell Street Premises was launched as a Resource Centre in 2008 to promote mental health recovery and wellbeing services.