Mental health charity staff to fight for 'vital' service's future

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 April 2018

1in4 People in Old Street, Clevedon.

1in4 People in Old Street, Clevedon.

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Staff at a mental health charity are 'determined' to keep the service alive after funding cuts put its future at serious risk.

1in4 People looks set to close on June 29 when funding from both North Somerset Council and North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) comes to an end.

The service’s Clevedon branch, in Old Street, had faced possible closure last year due to a management restructure, but public support from service users, GPs and other organisations helped secure its future for a further 12 months.

Although the charity is losing its main funding source this summer, it is hoping to attract new supporters and is planning to set up an online fundraising page.

Senior centre co-ordinator Becci McCready said: “It is unfortunate at a time when mental health is finally receiving the coverage and acknowledgement it desperately deserves that we face closure.

“Some circumstances are beyond our control, but we are determined to do all we can to find new funding to keep the service going.

“The service has been vital to many of those who attend.”

A service user, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “I no longer have a care co-ordinator.

“This charity has saved my life. I am worried for my own future.”

North Somerset Council insists similar mental health services will remain available while it is also tendering for a new mental health advocacy contract from July.

A spokesman said: “The tender process is not yet complete, however 1in4 People is aware its tender has not progressed to the latter stages of the process.

“We are working closely with North Somerset CCG to advise and support service users and other stakeholders during the period of change.

“Our main focus remains looking after the mental health needs of people in North Somerset.”

The CCG says it will work closely with service users over the next three months and is developing plans to deliver future mental health services in the district.

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