Mental health centre to house recovery college

The Canning Crescent centre in High Road Wood Green is being refurbished this year reports Grace Howarth, Local Democracy Reporter

Canning Crescent, a Haringey site that is being renovated to become a new mental health centre
Canning Crescent – (Credit – Google Street View)

A former mental health centre in Wood Green will become the new home for a recovery college, with the college’s current site being turned into accommodation for homeless people. 

The Canning Crescent Centre at 276 High Road in Wood Green is set to be refurbished following investment from the NHS and Haringey Council. 

Subsequent to approval to increase the project’s budget from £4,259,000 to £5,918,805, mechanical and electrical installations, landscaping, and work to the external building is expected to be completed by December. 

Following the refurbishment, the council plans to relocate the Clarendon Road Recovery College in Hornsey to the site and adapt the recovery college space into homelessness accommodation. 

Recovery colleges support people’s recovery from mental health difficulties through learning and education that is co-produced by people with lived experience and people with professional expertise.

In response to plans, a council spokesperson said: “Alongside the NHS, Haringey Council is investing significant funds to transform the Canning Crescent site into a new mental health centre which will bring together a wide range of mental health and wellbeing services under one roof to provide vital support to people across our community.

“The services will be staffed by a mix of clinical professionals, support staff with expertise in mental health and people with a lived experience of mental health.

“The completed works will allow the Clarendon Road Recovery College to be relocated to the site and Clarendon Road to be adapted for homelessness accommodation. 

“All services planned for the site are already being delivered in the borough from different locations including Mind in Haringey Safe Haven, the council’s Clarendon Recovery College and North London Mental Health Partnership’s Crisis Recovery House.”

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