Campaigning for Health Minds Funding

Liberal Democrats have raised concerns over the future of funding for Health Minds in Todmorden. The service was set up to support people affected by flooding but is due to end.

The matter was raised at a meeting of Calderdale’s Health and Wellbeing Board by Cllr Ashley Evans (Liberal Democrat, Warley),

Cllr Evans said: “It felt wrong to me that we were being told that mental health services are a priority, while at the same time this valuable service was coming to an end.

“While flooding may have been overtaken by coronavirus as a significant cause of mental health issues, it seems to me that we should be building on the good work done by Healthy Minds rather than allowing this aspect of their work to come to an end. The links they have made into the local communities should allow the charity to provide essential help to those who need it – whatever the root cause of any issues.”

Update 16/06/21 - This story had originally run with the headline that new funding had been secured following us raising this issue. This was based on our understanding of the situation following emails with officers after the meeting. Sadly, we have been informed by Health Minds, this isn't the case. We are committed to accurately presenting the truth, so have updated this story.

We will continue to support the provision of mental health services in Calderdale. At a time when so many people are struggling still with the impacts of flooding, and now COVID these services are as important as ever. We would encourage all readers to back Nikki Stock's sponsored swim for this project and other efforts to raise funds for the service.

The current situation is as follows:

Calderdale Public Health has indeed awarded funding for two Covid recovery workstreams, with a total value in the region of £44,000 for 12 months.  That allows for 2 days per week project worker time on each of those workstreams.  One is to extend mental health support to care home staff across Calderdale; the other to support vulnerable people to come out of lockdown.  The support from Public Health is, of course, welcome but it does not affect the position of our services in the Upper Calder Valley.
The Todmorden and Hebden services as they have been require a resource of around £150,000 per year.  We have cobbled together £50,000 which allows for a reduced service, covering the Upper Calder Valley area for 6 months.  Our long-term plan has been to combine these services with a view to a more sustainable future, with around £90,000 per year funding required.  Unfortunately, funding opportunities in the charity sector have been adversely affected by the pandemic and we, like others, face significant challenges - our Upper Calder Valley service is the first to feel it.


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