New £1.5m home for charity in Daventry

27 February 2019

A charity that provides much-needed physical and mental health rehabilitation in Daventry will move into a new state-of-the-art home next year.

Reach for Health has unanimously received planning permission from Daventry District Council to relocate from its current premises in High March in the town to the grounds of the Daventry and District Sports Trust in Western Avenue.

Daventry District Council also unanimously agreed to fund the creation of a £1.5 million purpose-built prefabricated building after agreeing to the plans which were presented by the Roger Coy Partnership in Eydon.

The charity will continue to help around 2,500 people each month – who are generally referred by the NHS – with cardio and stroke rehabilitation, pulmonary disorders, diabetes, neurological conditions and auto-immune diseases through exercise programmes, classes, advice and support before moving to their new 8,500 sq ft home early next year.

Rob Juson, chair of the board of trustees of Reach for Health, which doesn’t receive funding from the NHS, said the team can’t wait to receive the key to the front door of their new facility.

“It was great that Daventry District Council granted planning permission and the funding without any objections,” he said.

“The council will also be looking after the ground works and car parking and there is a possibility the building will be finished in November or December and we will then occupy the new purpose-built premises from early next year.

“Until then we will be staying at our current premises which are cramped. We had 170 people through our doors in one day just a fortnight ago so we are getting busier and busier.

“As signatories to the Northamptonshire Armed Forces Covenant, we are planning to launch a new programme this spring that we are working on alongside other organisations to help veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families with their health rehabilitation. They will be referred through their GP or hospital in the same way that 95 per cent of people that we see are referred by their GP or hospital.

“There is also synergy between Reach for Health and the Sports Club, discussions are already underway between the two charities to decide how we can best facilitate disabled access into sport.

“Our new home will be nearly twice as big as our current premises and will mean we can provide a service which will meet the needs of everyone who visits us.

“We are really grateful to the Roger Coy Partnership for working on our plans for a substantially reduced fee and their expertise and support has been instrumental in achieving planning permission.”

Roger Coy, managing director of the Roger Coy Partnership, said the councillors had spoken very highly of the plans at their council meeting.

“Everyone was complimentary about the proposals and I think Reach for Health will provide Daventry and the wider area with services at a fantastic facility, that are not generally available in other areas, to help those recovering from strokes and a wide range of illnesses and injuries,” he said.

“Moving into the prefabricated building will enable the charity to expand their services such as those they are starting this spring having signed the Northamptonshire Armed Forces Covenant.

“It is always great to have played a part in a project which will make a significant difference to the community.”