When government cuts almost led to the permanent closure of a personality disorder support service in Colchester, there was uproar in the town. Now 12 months on and those who continue to use the Haven project say they’d be lost without it.
It’s a service in demand, but one that came very close to closing for good last year due to cuts.
Sheree Thompson, Attends Haven Project
The project was set up with money from the department of health but that funding came to an end in 2014. Thanks to the big lottery fund and Essex County Council it remains open, all be it a reduced service.
Maisy attends the Haven Project she said:
Here they provide therapy support, group sessions, crisis prevention calls and one to one appointments.
Pernille Petersen, Project manager Haven project said
Many who attend the Haven receive care under the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which was recently rated overall as requiring improvement - in a statement it said:
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