A NEW wellbeing centre which aims to help people to unwind and to raise awareness of mental health issues has officially opened in Newbury town centre.
Soulstice Wellbeing is situated in Newbury Town Hall, in the building formerly occupied by the visitor information centre, which closed in April.
The centre offers a range of holistic therapies, including yoga, aromatherapy and massages, while people can also sip herbal tea and listen to music in the ‘secret tea room’.
Ten per cent of all profits from the secret tea room will be donated to mental health charity MIND.
Husband and wife Sandra and Russell Weir, who live in Newbury, will run the centre. It was opened on Saturday by the mayor of Newbury, Julian Swift-Hook.
Mrs Weir said: “We were both overwhelmed by the support from well-wishers and positive feedback from Saturday’s open day.
“The tea room was buzzing.
“Everyone was signing up for classes and the residents of Newbury braved the awful weather to come and support us.
“We talked with lots of people who suffer with stress, anxiety and depression and are so pleased that we have created a safe haven to enjoy.
“Thank you to everyone that came along – it was a very emotional day.”