13/02/14 Save Safe Haven – a Plea

SAVE OUR SAFE HAVEN

The Safe Haven

82 Dorking Walk,
Corby,
Northants,
NN18 9JN

Tel: 01536 461414

Janice Crane, operational manager, 07729945056

Chris McCullough Young, Chair of the Management Committee, 07535035909

Email: Janice safehaven22@googlemail.com

Chris c.mcculloughyoung@btinternet.com

http://www.justgiving.com/thesafehaven

Hello, my name is Chris McCullough Young, I’m the current chair of the management committee of the safe haven in Corby.

I’m writing to you on behalf of the campaign to keep Safe Haven open.

As you probably know, Safe Haven Corby provides an out of hours, crisis service to people with a mental health problem – there’s a phone service that’s available to everyone in the county and a warm, homely comfortable drop in service for people in the north of the county with transport provided where necessary.

Counselling is provided by trained and experienced staff at these times of crisis and during more regular hours by appointment.

Safe Haven is losing it’s main funding on April 1st 2014. Our aim is to get as much short term money in NOW to allow us to apply for larger grants such as National Lottery and Comic Relief to keep us going throughout the year.

We need £24 thousand to keep running until the end of June.

The campaign is gathering pace – you can listen to our radio interview on Corby Radio here –

http://www.corbyradio.com/news/community/160114a

Both BBC radio Northampton and the Northamptonshire Evening News have taken up the story.

You can read the first report in the Telegraph here – http://m.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/fight-to-save-corby-mental-health-service-1-5824963

Or you could listen to the interview with me and a couple of service users on BBC Radio Northampton on BBC Iplayer here –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01pm2c8

The interview is roughly an hour and 20 minutes into the show.

We are gathering folk on our Facebook ‘Save Safe Haven’ page – you can find that here –

https://www.facebook.com/pleasesavesafehaven

The issue of mental ill health is apolitical – it will effect one in four of us, regardless of our class or political standing. Every year in the UK over 5000 people take their own lives, 75% of whom are men.

Suicide is THE biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK.

Corby’s suicide rate is the highest in the county at 3% higher than the national average.

Safe Haven provides support to people at the end of their tether. It diverts people away from expensive, limited and inappropriate 999 services such as A&E, reducing the risk of sectioning and hospital admissions.

Last year we received over 1300 contacts.

It’s a startling fact that if each and every person in Corby donated just £2, Safe Haven would be secure for another year.

There are a number of ways you can help –

1) simply by raising awareness of our plight amongst your workers. I would be more than happy to come to your factory and talk about the effects of mental ill health in our community and what we can do about it.

2) you could come along to our sponsored walk on Saturday 15th of February at 10am at Corby’s boating lake – what better way to get over the disappointment of Valentine’s day?

3) you could come to our fundraising night at the Grampian social club on Friday the 7th of March at 7pm

4) you could donate a raffle prize – we currently have some great prizes, but you could save someone from going home with Aunty Mary’s chutney.

5) of course, you could just make a donation to our cause through the just giving link at the top of this email

Many thanks for taking the time to read this,

Chris McCullough Young

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