Former Saints star and World Cup winner Ben Cohen will officially open a Northampton charity’s new facility to help support vulnerable children.
The 35-year-old, who starred in the last series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, is set to open the new KidsAid House in St Giles Terrace in the town centre at 4pm today, Thursday.
Mr Cohen, who is a prominent campaigner against homophobia and bullying, will be cut the ribbon on a building containing four new therapy rooms to support troubled youngsters from across the county.
Qualified psychologists and doctors at KidsAid will use the rooms to provide music, art, drama and play therapies to help vulnerable children express the emotions they may not find words to describe. The new contact rooms are meant to replicate a family sitting rooms so that a parent and child can meet in surroundings that feel safe.
The premises in St Giles Terrace can also provide contact facilities for parents and children in the newly furnished family room. Parenting courses and training courses for teachers are also planned for the centre.
KidsAid’s clinical director, Priscilla Camillo, said: “All children have the right to flourish and lead fulfilling lives; good mental health and emotional well-being is a vital part of this. Expressive therapies have a great deal to offer, yet are often overlooked and underrepresented in services”.
The Blades aerobatic display team will also be attending the opening event after the pilots raised £4,000 for the charity.