"The threatened closure of a vital mental health support needs art project in Lewisham, London."
About: Adult mental health (Lewisham) Adult mental health (Lewisham) SE5 8AZ
Posted by darkskies (as ),
South London and the Maudsley NHS and the PCT trust have started a 30 day consultation process to close the communtiy opportunity services which Network Arts Project is a part of.
The staff have been told Network Arts which is art project for people with severe and enduring mental health support needs, will close in December 2011.
We as members are deeply distressed and outraged at this decision. No impact/risk assessment has been done on anyone from the project and even though a few people have recieved a letter informing us about the change to service and that direct payments will be replacing it, i would choose for my direct payment to go to Network Arts only how can it if they shut the project? How is that more choice for me and the other members?
People have already been admitted to hospital through their distress over the way this has been handled. I am worried that many more people will suffer if the trust does not listen to us.