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MENTAL HEALTH GROUP RE-LAUNCHES IN SANDWICH

A mental health peer support group that meets weekly at the Phoenix Community Centre in Jubilee Road was officially re-launched last week by the Deputy Mayor of Sandwich, Mrs. Veronica Liote.   The group, which was threatened with closure in April last year due to cuts in funding, was rescued by SpeakUpCIC, a Community Interest Company based in Margate.   SpeakUp have now managed to secure significant additional funding from The Big Lottery to keep the group going, and improve the range of therapeutic activities available to its members. This money is in addition to a generous award made by Cllr. Leyland Ridings and KCC’s Members’ Fund.   Maggie Gallant, Managing Director of SpeakUpCIC, told KM: “We have detailed plans for this year to broaden the range of support activities we provide. Now we have sufficient funding to run themed activities like CBT/Mindfulness and Relaxation groups; arts and crafts, as well as our usual social groups. We are also planning a number of outings for our members through the year.”   Mrs. Veronica Liote, Deputy Mayor of Sandwich, was impressed by the plans: “It is important for those people in Sandwich who are suffering from long term mental health difficulties to receive the right kind of support to help them with their recovery. I am confident SpeakUp’s activities will achieve this.”   A long term member, Fred Collins, commented: “This group is a safety net for when you’re going through turmoil. It helps to normalise life.”   Another user, Sue Kinnear, pointed out: “People here understand what I’ve gone through with my recovery. This group helps bring you through your darkest times.”  

Posted 04/07/2017 13:05:15
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