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A Norfolk occupational therapist is converting a van into a mobile therapy room to bring much-needed mental health support to the county’s communities.
Catherine Gray has worked in mental health in Norfolk and Suffolk for the last nine years and is aware of the difficulty in accessing services at an early stage and the challenges that poor public transport can add. So she bought a van and, through her Long Stratton-based not-for-profit social enterprise Cup-O-T Wellness and Therapy Services, is fund-raising to convert it into a mobile therapy room.
“A good cup of tea is a British tradition and a great medium to help people relax and open up. Occupational Therapy is all about meaningful activity and this is meaningful for many people,” she says.
100% of Cup-O-T’s surplus profit is used to provide free community groups and therapy sessions to those whose needs have not been met by statutory services and are unable to afford private therapy.
Catherine’s husband, Joe, is a carpenter and will be doing the conversion work for free. However Cup-O-T are in need of supplies to complete the work such as a kitchen work surface, a small kitchen sink, floor lino, foam for seating, as well as nuts, bolts, screws and electrical supplies.
Around £800 of the £4,000 has been raised and you can help through gofundme.com/cupot-mobile-therapyroom or contact Catherine through Cup-O-T.co.uk
Catherine Gray and her van