Action group to fight for Clevedon mental health charity users

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 April 2017

1in4 People building , Old Street, Clevedon.

1in4 People building , Old Street, Clevedon.

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An action group has been set up to combat ‘grave concerns’ over the future of a mental health charity.

1 in 4 People, which has a drop-in centre in Old Street, Clevedon, revealed it is considering leaving the venue to save money – after reporting it was operating a deficit of more than £44,000 during the 2015-2016 financial year.

It has suffered cuts to funding but, as reported by the Times last week, the charity has since extended its contract with both North Somerset Council and the district’s clinical commissioning group for a further year and has vowed to retain a service in North Somerset.

But due to worries over the running of the charity, which also has a centre in Weston, an action committee and steering group has been formed to offer support for concerned service users and volunteers.

Judith West, chairman of the action group, said: “The committee, on behalf of the service users, members and volunteers, is still gravely concerned at the conduct of the management of the charity and its trustees in the running of the Clevedon facility.

“As a result, a steering group has been formed to signpost the way forward for the Clevedon centre and to support all stakeholders at Clevedon and Weston if so required.

“The steering group will consist of mental health and medical professionals, professional personnel and corporate fundraisers and local business people, all providing their services free of charge.”

The steering group will operate from the 1 in 4 People building in Old Street.

The action group has also suggested it will discuss the possibility of forming a brand new charity at its next meeting.

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