Future is secure for Bourne mental health group

Wake House, North Street, Bourne. Photo: SM191010-015ow.jpg
Wake House, North Street, Bourne. Photo: SM191010-015ow.jpg
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A mental health support group which faced a series of setbacks has received funding to allow it to continue its activities in Bourne.

Bourne Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Group, which runs from Wake House in North Street four days a week, has been given almost £4,000 to help it pay rent and provide materials.

The group was formed two years ago after the South Lincolnshire Mind group, based in North Street, closed after its funding was withdrawn.

Four Mind staff started Bourne Wellbeing almost immediately, supported by the Len Pick Trust, to cater for the needs of about 40 people with mental health issues in Bourne and the surrounding villages.

But the group took a further knock when its founding chairman Brian Cannell was found to have abused his position as the only signatory for the group’s bank account and used the cash to improve his own standard of living.

In 2012 he received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Magistrates told him he had to pay back the £3,750 he took from the group.

Now, more than 18 months later the group, which is manned by volunteers, is in a position to be able to provide services for the foreseeable future.

The Mental Health Prevention Fund has given the group £854 to provide items for activities and office stationary and a £3,000 grant has been secured from the Allen Lane Foundation to go towards room hire costs.

Support worker Sandra Dodson said: “The group is a vital service. There is nowhere else for people to go, no other drop-in centres for them to go to. We are raising funds all the time to keep the service going. Now this funding has come through it will help us a lot.”

Bourne Wellbeing supports people with mental health issues, their friends, carers and families.

It provides a wide range of activities and services for members including craft sessions, keep-fit classes and cooked lunches.

Sessions at Wake House run from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10am to 1.15pm on Tuesdays when the group holds a coffee morning. Members of the public can call in at the coffee morning before midday and have a drink for a small fee.

New members are welcome and the group is always in need of new volunteers.

To find out more about Bourne Wellbeing call during opening hours on 07592782751.