Mental health services to continue in North Somerset at 1in4 People building
PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 June 2018
Mental health support services in North Somerset have been handed a lifeline with a charity stepping in as the new provider.
Second Step will take over mental health provision from 1in4 People, which has an office in Clevedon, on Monday.
The council also confirmed its statutory advocacy contract, which will commence on Sunday, has been awarded to seAp.
1in4, in Old Street, will see its advocacy contract end today (Friday) but there will be no gap in its service delivery.
The service’s Clevedon branch has struggled in the past two years; it had been operating at a deficit of more than £44,000 in the financial year ending in March 2016 and was threatened with closure in 2017 due to a management restructure.
But public support from service users, GPs and other organisations helped secure its future for a further 12 months.
A service user told the Times in April it would be ‘devastating’ if the charity’s services would no longer be provided in the area.
Second Step will move into the site and continue to offer counselling, drop-in sessions and activities such as creative writing and badminton for people with mental health issues.
The council’s planning and development manager, Alison Stone, said: “We have continued to work closely with 1in4 during the past six months to ensure service user needs are met while we develop our plans.
“This ensures there is no gap in service delivery in North Somerset when the commissioned services from 1in4 end, which is great news for people in the area.”
Lisa Manson, director of commissioning for Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), said: “We have met with 1in4 service users and worked with them during the past two months to obtain its views on mental health service delivery.
“We have incorporated their feedback into the service model and hope this will provide a seamless transition to the new provider.
“Both North Somerset Council and BNSSG CCG are looking forward to working with the new providers in North Somerset.”
Volunteers and service users have been contacted directly to support them and plan for the next steps in its care.
For more details about Second Step, visit www.second-step.co.uk