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2016 in Review: Business as usual for core services

By Chris Wood, 07 March 2017 – 0 comment

2016 has continued a period of consolidation for us and for several of our services it has been business as usual.

Advocacy – We continue to provide vital advocacy support to people who have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and we have supported Cumbria in becoming one of the first areas in the country to introduce full auto-referral to an advocacy service for people who have been sectioned. This has led to us managing an increase in referrals from 450 to over 800 per annum over the previous year.

Our Children and Young Peoples Advocacy service, now in its fifth year, continues to provide school-based support to 11-18 year olds experiencing mental distress. Advocacy enables young people to have their voice heard, to find solutions to their situations and to access the services they are entitled too. In 2016 we supported over 120 young people in Carlisle and Eden.

We continue to provide valuable supported volunteering opportunities to people in recovery. We know that developing a mental health problem and having a time away from employment can present significant challenges when returning to the workplace. We provide supportive placements that enable people in recovery to take their first steps back into work or volunteering at their own pace and among peers who understand their situation. Last year we supported over 80 volunteers through our shops, office base and services.

-Chris Wood, Business Development Manager

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