Bourne group saved from closure after new home found

A MENTAL health drop-in group that was set to close down has been saved.

Staff at South Lincolnshire Mind, on North Street, Bourne, learned two weeks ago that due to new government policy, Lincolnshire County Council would no longer fund the centre and it would have to close.

Many of the service’s 40 users were worried they would have nowhere else to go for help, and their conditions would deteriorate as a result.

But staff acted quickly and found a new premises at Wake House, North Street.

The new centre will offer mental health support to individuals, along with their carers, families and friends, but will be separate from the South Lincolnshire Mind charity.

Brian Cannell, chairman of the Bourne centre user group, said: “Once we knew we would be closing down we had to act quickly for the benefit of our users.

“Meetings have taken place and I am pleased to say that, although we now know that the Bourne Centre will close on Friday, May 27, alternative premises have been secured.

“The new group will be under the title of ‘Bourne Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Group’.

“We look forward to seeing all our friends join us there.”

The new group will operate from Thursday, June 2.

Initial opening hours will be 10am to 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The first two months’ rent have been paid on the new centre, but the user group is looking to secure more funding to safeguard its future.

Mr Cannell added: “We have decided to pull away completely from South Lincolnshire Mind.

“Doing so gives us the freedom to put any money we raise straight back into our centre.

“We are going to have a serious look at funding options, including grants and fundraising events.

“We are hoping to retain as many staff as possible, and two part-time staff have already agreed to volunteer at the new centre.”

Staff at the new group have appealed for anyone with any ideas for fundraising or those with an interest in volunteering to contact Mr Cannell on 07724 555002.