North Staffs Users Group formed in 1992, it was set up to help some of the most vulnerable people in the locality. The aim of the group is to improve mental health services in North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. Last year the membership voted to change the name to North Staffs Voice for Mental Health.
Now the future of the group is under threat as current funding has been withdrawn. Carole Stone, CEO, states ‘We are the voice for people with mental health problems in North Staffordshire, we have a membership of over 1300 and for 25 years we have worked on behalf of people who access mental health services to try to ensure that mental health services are timely, equitable, responsive and effective’.
North Staffs and Stoke Clinical Commissioning Groups have been reviewing all of their voluntary sector contracts and we have now been informed that our service was assessed as not meeting strategic objectives, the grant ceased on 30th September 2017. We have been working hard to find alternative funding, but time is now running out and it looks increasingly likely that the staff team will leave and the office will close at Christmas.
All members have been invited to an Information Day:
10.00am till 3.00pm
The day will involve a discussion about the current situation, a vote on the future of the charity and other activities/discussions.
Lunch and other refreshments will be available.
Members Information Day 5th December