New mental health scheme to be delivered by homelessness charity
Published by Porchlight for Porchlight in Health and also in Care and Support, Communities, Local Government
Primary Care Community Link Service
Porchlight, a leading homelessness charity, has been commissioned to deliver an innovative service for adults with mental health needs in Kent.
The Primary Care Community Link Worker Service, which has been commissioned by Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups and Kent County Council, will work alongside GP Practices across the county to support people who are experiencing social isolation and exclusion.
Support can last for up to 8 weeks and trained professionals from the charity will help to link people into sports, education, safe accommodation, visual and performing arts and volunteering opportunities.
The charity has successfully run a pilot scheme in Thanet since 2009, which has proven to reduce pressure on local GP surgeries. Last year that service supported 240 people.
Chris Coffey, head of community and youth services at the charity said: “We are delighted to be able to roll this service out across Kent. Everyone who experiences mental health issues has the right to engage in mainstream activities, in ordinary settings, alongside other members of society. Our aim is to reduce isolation, promote recovery, build confidence and reduce the number of repeat visits to GPs.”
“This initiative is part of a range of community services provided by Porchlight to help address issues that may appear to be separate from homelessness but without intervention could lead to individuals losing their housing.”
Sue Scamell, Commissioning Manager Mental Health for Kent County Council said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide this service across Kent and it is an excellent example of partnership working between CCGs, Public Health and Adult Social Care.”
The contract has allowed Porchlight to employ 16 full-time staff.
To find out more about the service visit www.porchlight.org.uk/community
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