Life-changing networks contract extended

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 January 2019

Organiser Sally Kinley Mental health coffee morning being held to raise awareness and funds for North Somerset's wellbeing service at Curzon Cinema. Picture: Jeremy Long.

Organiser Sally Kinley Mental health coffee morning being held to raise awareness and funds for North Somerset's wellbeing service at Curzon Cinema. Picture: Jeremy Long.

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A life-changing network for people with mental health problems has had its contract extended for two years.

The North Somerset Wellbeing Service will aim to ‘fill the gap’ in healthcare to support those struggling with different mental health issues.

The scheme – run by Second Step – was launched in October on World Mental Health Day but after three months, has had its contract extended to June 2020.

Second Step’s service will continue to work with people suffering from mental health problems to motivate them and support them to take a step forward towards their recovery journey.

Second Step’s chief executive, Aileen Edwards, and the team are ‘delighted’ by the news.

She added: “By working closely with our clients, partners and commissioners we are now on the right track in North Somerset, offering much needed mental health support to vulnerable people.

“We are optimistic about the future and put this early success down to the power of collaborative community partnerships.”

Justine Keeble, chairman of Clarity, an independent group of people who have used or are using mental health services in North Somerset, welcomed the news.

She said: “People in North Somerset with a mental health need will now be able to look forward with hope for a service with greater security and continuity for the future.”

The service offers a programme of workshops, courses and activities, including wellbeing cafés. It works closely with people who have been using the service and volunteers to create a new programme of activities to fit their needs.

Lisa Manson, director of commissioning at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The wellbeing service has been doing a fantastic job supporting local people experiencing mental health difficulties in the region.

“It has been offering one-to-one support and practical workshops to help people re-engage with their local communities and promote good wellbeing.

“Both North Somerset Council and the CCG are looking forward to working with Second Step for another year.”


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