Bourne Wellbeing group ‘is not closing down’

Wake House, North Street, Bourne. File picture.'Photo: MSMP060813-023ow ENGEMN00120130708142208
Wake House, North Street, Bourne. File picture.'Photo: MSMP060813-023ow ENGEMN00120130708142208
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The people behind a mental health support group have dispelled rumours of its closure and say their service will continue as normal.

Bourne Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Group confirmed this week it would no longer run sessions from its usual upstairs room in Wake House, Bourne.

But the small team of volunteers will instead focus on the weekly Tuesday coffee mornings from 10am to midday, and use the money used to rent the old room for outings and activities.

Rumours have been spreading through the town that the group was closing down. Support worker Sandra Dodson was keen to quash the hearsay and said the same level of support would still be there for the group’s members.

“The only thing that has altered is that we are not having the room upstairs. The group is still going,” she added:

“We are struggling for volunteers. It has been left to just two or three of us to run the place. And the rent is quite high for the upstairs room.

“So what we decided to do was carry on with the coffee mornings, to which everyone is welcome.

“We will be running more outings or going out for meals with the members.

“We still have the phone number and the support is still there. We are still running as a group.”

The Wellbeing group currently has between 25 and 30 members. Some attend several meetings a week while some only come once every couple of months.

Members pay a small fee to attend the Tuesday coffee mornings and enjoy support both in person and over the phone.

Anyone who is interesting in joining or volunteering can call 07592 782751.

The Wellbeing group was formed three years ago after the South Lincolnshire Mind group, also based in Bourne, closed when its funding was withdrawn.

Four Mind staff started Bourne Wellbeing almost immediately. They were given financial support to start the group by the Len Pick Trust.