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Mind in Exeter and East Devon takes the sad decision to close

Staff and Trustees at Mind in Exeter & East Devon today announced that the local mental health charity will be closing before the end of March 2018 for financial reasons.

Founded in 1996, Mind in Exeter & East Devon currently supports around 70 clients through their social care and victim care services, as well as their Men’s and Women’s Network. In addition 20 members of the public on average currently receive support over the telephone each week. The charity employs 16 members of staff, all of whom are facing redundancy and five volunteers.

The mental health charity is in the process of communicating the news with clients, learners, staff and partners.

Ruth Wells, CEO of Mind in Exeter & East Devon said:

“Staff and Trustees at Mind in Exeter & East Devon are heartbroken to announce our forthcoming closure. We have fought to continue our important work despite the current challenges to health and social care.

“I don’t have the words to express my sadness that we have not been able to find a solution to our financial difficulties. My priority over the next few weeks will be to work with our partners to ensure clients are not left without services and that our fantastic staff team can find alternative employment.”

The local authority is currently working to find alternative provision for social care clients. The senior management team at Mind in Exeter & East Devon will be offering support to any peer groups that want to form their own independent groups.

The situation reflects a national picture of the effects of austerity cuts and insufficient funding for social care.

Anyone who is concerned about what these changes mean for them can contact the charity on 01392 204493.

 

Best wishes,

Ruth

Ruth Wells, Chief Executive Officer

Mind Exeter & East Devon

 


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