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Designs in Mind, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting adults with mental health challenges, opened its new doors in Oswestry before the New Year, following the help of grant funding.
The social enterprise supports adults living with mental health challenges work together on ambitious, experimental art and design projects.
Located at 17 Cross Street, the organisation has been able to expand thanks to the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) scheme. The scheme, which has received funding from Historic England, Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council, is being delivered through the Future Oswestry Group, which is comprised of representatives from Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry BID (Business Improvement District).
The scheme was set up to transform rundown buildings and shopfronts and to rejuvenate the market town, its historic character and lively high street.
Prior to their expansion Designs in Mind operated from the upper two floors of 17 Cross Street for sixteen years. The grant funding has enabled the organisation to expand onto a third, ground floor level and fit a new workshop, quiet room, and shopfront. In addition, Designs in Mind have also opened an art shop, which will provide a welcomed revenue stream for the organisation.
[Article: Shropshire Council]