North Staffs Users Group formed as a charity 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Now the future of the group is under threat as current funding is being withdrawn at the end of September. 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 and the grant will cease from 30th September 2017.’ We are currently working hard to find alternative sources of funding but we would also like to seek support from the local community. ‘You never know when mental health problems may affect you – if they do, we are here to make sure that you are able to find the most appropriate service and ensure that it is of good quality’ says Carole Stone.
If you would like more information, or to show your support for this unique and vital service through offering a donation, no matter how big or small, please contact North Staffs Voice for Mental Health on 01782 683043 or email carole@nsvoice.org.uk
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The future of North Staffs Voice for Mental Health is under threat