Ben’s baby brainchild

Ben’s baby brainchild

MIRFIELD’S newest cafe is serving up more than just good coffee and food.

Babyccinos is the brainchild of Mirfield-born Ben Robinson, who has created a place for parents to take their youngsters while also giving them time to relax.

But, more importantly, Ben has teamed up with the NHS and their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service in a bid to combat mental health and provide anyone attending an appointment with free childcare.

The 38-year-old said he wanted to create a ‘sanctuary’ for mums and dads, and one of his main focuses was on their mental wellbeing.

He said: “We have the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service which is like a drop-in centre for mums who may have post-natal depression.

“It’s not just for that but generally speaking, people with lower-end mental health issues who can’t get help because they need to have a one-to-one session with a therapist without the child present.

“The people that are most susceptible to these things are the ones with the least support.

“Between us and the NHS we’re providing free childcare so they can just come in and get the help that they need and we’ll look after the little one.”

Fran Ball, a psychological wellbeing practitioner with IAPT, said: “By offering free childcare in partnership with Babyccinos, we hope to enable more people to get the help and support they need, particularly parents who may struggle to find childcare in order to attend appointments.”

The dedicated IAPT day is Tuesday, with mornings set aside for assessments and a drop-in service through the afternoon where anyone visiting the cafe can speak to a professional in confidence.

Ben has transformed the former NatWest bank building on Huddersfield Road into a haven for both children and adults to enjoy, with a play pen upstairs and pamper room and further play area downstairs in the old bank vaults.

Pamper sessions for mums and mums-to-be include massages, beauty treatments, hairdressing and alternative therapies – which can all be enjoyed while children are looked after by the Babyccinos childminder.

Ben opened the cafe on Monday June 4 and said if the new venture goes well he’ll think about launching more outlets.

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