image002We are delighted to announce the arrival of our second social enterprise at No 133 High Street, Godalming. Our Patron, and the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, performed the official opening of ‘Changing Perceptions’ on Saturday 13 December 2014. Joining a shop full of supporters from all walks of life, Jeremy first praised the Meath for its innovation and brave approach to business development in a tough social landscape that is seeing further necessary cuts on the horizon to meet diminishing budgets.

A long-time friend of the Meath, he was equally impressed with the contemporary nature of the new business, which will now be open Monday to Saturday, both renovating and selling fun pieces of quirky painted furniture. Front of house, a family friendly space welcomes visitors to Changing Perceptions to stop for a cup of excellent tea and coffee, plus a slice of wonderful home-made cake…. what could be better?

It’s been a long-held plan of ‘Changing Perceptions’ Manager Fiona Collier to move her ‘up-cycling’ workshop into the town from its previous home at the Meath’s Skills and Enterprise Centre in Westbrook Road, Godalming. “The team are now ready to take our business one stage further into the High Street—we are all about reducing the stigma still unfortunately associated with epilepsy and showcasing just how much can be achieved by people, given appropriate support and guidance”.

The Changing Perceptions’ team will be delighted to receive further donations of dark, dated furniture, which they will then renovate, paint and sell to maintain and develop the business. So if you are thinking of throwing away, then please consider throwing it their way! “Do come and see us soon!”

If you would like to donate furniture or to learn more, then please call Fiona on 01483 420436 or email changingperceptions@meath.org.uk.