We continue to be well placed financially to consider requests to meet the costs of providing equipment and facilities to support the health needs in our community. Since the loss of in-patient beds, there’s been a reduction in requests to help with the cost of new equipment. Nevertheless, during the year we have:-
- provided £2,630 for a specialist chair
- agreed £37,500 over three years, match funded with the Help Scheme, to establish ‘The Project’ in Ottery (see below)
- subsidised the use of our Minibus (c £5,000).
A significant source of funds is from legacies for which we are most grateful. During the year we benefitted by over £88,000 from the estate of the late Ian William Moore.
The Project was established in Axminster in 2013 to provide non-clinical mental health support for young people and their parents/carers. The Ottery Help Scheme is keen for the service to be extended to Ottery and we have agreed with them to match fund the estimated set up and running costs for three years. The Ottery Project is supported by Coleridge Medical Centre and Kings School amongst others, and will be managed overall by Action East Devon, a local charity working with people, communities and organisations to create the services and support needed to live happier and healthier lives. The Help Scheme team and ourselves will maintain a close interest in the Ottery Project which is expected to be established by the end of May.
Anyone who might be interested in this new local service should contact the Help Scheme – 01404 813041 – where all enquiries will be dealt with in strict confidence.