Start in Salford wins mental health contract

This is an archived news story from July 2013

Mental health groups and drop in sessions are to be given a boost in Salford by experienced charity Start in Salford.

The charity, which has been working in the mental health field for 20 years, is to be commissioned by Salford City Council to maintain and develop group support, alongside plans to expand one to one support by 25%.

The move comes after an extensive consultation with over 2,500 service users and carers about how to improve the service, tackle stigma and put more people on the road to recovery.

Staff from Start will work alongside service users and staff from Salford City Council's health improvement service and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to grow and develop group support.

Staff from the council and the foundation trust will also focus on providing more people with more hours of one to one support and reaching a broader range of people in need.

"Service users told us clearly that they want to see a stronger focus on recovery and supporting people to move forward in their lives and that both group sessions and one to one support play a key role in this," said Councillor Peter Connor, assistant mayor for adult services.

"We have listened carefully and shaped the service to meet those needs. Start has a wealth of experience and a very strong reputation in the field of mental health support and will work closely with service users to grow and develop the service."

Start in Salford has recently won a contract to supply John Lewis with hand made wooden chopping boards and has been chosen as charity of the year by the Sainsbury's branch in Regent Road.

CEO of Start, Bernadette Conlon said: "We are really pleased and excited to be working with service users to maintain and develop group support in conjunction with our partners at Salford City Council and Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust.

"Service users are at the centre of our plans and we will work with them closely over the coming months to ensure that they get the very best out of their groups and drop ins, providing the support they deserve to help them to reach their fullest potential."

The change will come into effect from 1 August.

Date published
Wednesday 3 July 2013
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