Charity needs help to ensure future

A CHARITY which provides vital help to Corby people with mental health issues is calling on the public to help it go forward.

Safe Haven, which is based in Dorking Walk, on the Kingswood estate in the town, is looking for volunteers to help it continue its good work.

It offers help to adults with short-term or enduring mental health issues through a drop-in service and telephone support.

The charity has just received £2,000 from the organisers of Weldonfest to go towards its running costs.

And operations manager Janice Crane said without such generous donations the charity would struggle as, like many voluntary sector organisations, it has seen its funding cut.

She said: “It has been a really difficult year and without the donation from Weldonfest we were really struggling to get to the end of the financial year.

“I don’t think people realise that these are essential services the voluntary sector provide. We have been here 13 years and it gets harder and harder every year.

“We are passionate about being a voice for mental health, and for the ones that need to be heard it is difficult for them to flag up what they need.

“This is a place where people can come and talk. We aim to prevent escalation that requires hospital admission.”

The charity is looking for volunteers to help decorate its flat, which is used for people in short-term crisis, and is also looking for new counsellors.

It is particularly looking for students on counsellor training courses who are looking for placements, which it can organise.

It is also looking for any businesses or individuals who can help financially.

Anyone who can help can contact the charity on 01536 461414 or email safehaven22@gmail.com.

For more information visit www.safehavencorby.btck.co.uk.