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Fears mental health charity Dorset MIND’s services under threat
THE future of a number of service groups run by a mental health charity are under threat, it is feared.
The groups, which are part of charity Dorset MIND’s provision, could face trouble in spring next year as the organisation’s contract with the borough council comes to an end.
However, trustees at the charity, which is based in Shelley Road, Bournemouth, say they are working with the council to secure the service for the future.
Councillor Blair Crawford, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Dorset MIND are currently looking into revising their contractual arrangement with us after they flagged they could not deliver their current service within existing funding.
“Council officers are arranging an urgent meeting with them to discuss some concerns that have been raised about their proposals and to agree a path forward.
"Bournemouth Borough Council is committed to funding Dorset MIND’s services until its contract comes to an end.
"Providing the best support to protect those most vulnerable in our community is of the utmost importance to us.
“We are also keen that Dorset MIND uses this opportunity to revise their services against new models of mental health developments to ensure service users are being offered a more personalised level of support that focuses on recovery.”
A spokesperson for Dorset MIND said: “We have been made fully aware that we have no guarantees that our current service groups funded by Bournemouth Borough Council will be renewed when our present contract with them ends in March 2014.
“We therefore want to pre-empt this course of events by coming up with a positive plan of running services agreed by the council that will aim to help as many people as possible for as long as possible – 18 months – and all within a costing framework set down by the council.
"At this moment, talks with the council are still ongoing, but details of our plans are available at dorsetmind.org.uk.
“If anyone is worried or concerned about those changes, we are available to give advice and to signpost people.”
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