Talking Marras provides a peer led, safe and supportive environment for adults with mental health issues in Ashington.   The group provide a weekly drop-in session, every Friday, at the Hirst Welfare Centre, from 10.00am till 2.00pm.  A range of activities is provided including table games, fund raising activities for local good causes, walks and inviting relevant guest speakers. 

The group have recently been successful in raising over £5,000 including support from Ashington Town Council to develop a community garden and allotment to the rear of the Centre, on Alexandra Road.   The garden includes raised beds and poly tunnels to grow fresh, healthy, nutritious food for members and their families.  Surplus foods will be given to organisations meeting need in Ashington such as local foodbanks.  

Chair of Talking Marras Valerie North said ‘We are very thankful for the support of the Town Council and the Elsie Davis Trust in supporting the project which is really having a positive effect on our members’. 

For more information on Talking Marras pop into the Hirst Welfare Centre, on Alexandra Road, on a Friday, between 10.00am till 2.00pm.

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