£438K funding boost for Doncaster charity

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A MAJOR funding boost of more than £438,000 will help a Doncaster charity support people with mental health problems into getting back to work.

Four new posts will be created at new social enterprise Big Ambitions CIC as a result of the grant from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme.

The cash will be used to provide long-term employment opportunities and voluntary placements for those with a history of mental health problems.

Project facilitator Jane Jefferson said: “It’s really great news. The project is the legacy to the Better Workplace Better Mental health project run by NHS Doncaster.

“It aims to set up vocational support services so that people who are suffering mental health problems or have suffered from them in the past can get help getting back into a meaningful vocation or voluntary placement.”

People will be able to refer themselves to the service or be referred by their health workers. Work has already begun in recruiting employers and charities to provide work and placements for the scheme.

The service will support those with mild to moderate conditions as well as those with more severe mental health problems. Assessments will take place to ensure that suitable placements are found.

She added: “We are currently in the process of securing office accommodation in central Doncaster so people will be able to access our services easily.

“As long as there is a need for the service, we hope to be able to make sure that it exists. This is really just the start of the journey and we want to deliver the best service possible.”