Year after funding cuts, Melksham-based mental health opens new centre
1:00pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in Latest News
A Melksham community drop-in centre reopened on Wednesday, a year after the charity that ran it was saved by a generous Wiltshire Times reader.
Mental health charity Wiltshire Mind had to close four centres following funding cuts last year.
Relaunching the Melksham centre, chief executive David Mckeigue said: “I am really, really pleased to say – due to some additional funding and, more importantly local demand for the service – we have reopened the group.”
Sessions started again in June, 10 months after an anonymous £50,000 donation saved the charity from closure and following grants from Melksham Without Parish Council and the Melksham Area Board.
The launch party was attended by deputy mayor Pam Wiltshire, MP Duncan Hames and town crier Peter Dauncey, as well as several of the group’s clients.
Mr Hames said: “Before I became an MP, I didn’t fully appreciate how many people in our community struggle with poor mental health.
“I have learnt through my surgeries that we really need to try to do more, so they can access the treatment they need to get better.”
Sessions take place at the St Anthony of Padua Church.
Judy Churchill, of the church’s council, said: “We were looking to reach out to the community as a church, so gave them free use of our hall.
“We found that people don’t understand mental illness and we are educating ourselves and our parishioners. We thought we were the givers, but everybody that has come to help has got so much out of it by meeting those clients.”
Drop-in sessions are free to attend and run from 1pm to 4pm every Wednesday.
For more information, visit www.wiltshiremind.co.uk
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