Mental health ‘lifeline’ to shut

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People with mental health problems have spoken of their upset over plans to close Rugby’s Rework Enterprise.

The project, part of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, provides people from Rugby with illnesses ranging from schizophrenia to depression and anxiety. It won an award last year for helping people build their confidence and, in one service user’s words, “a reason to get out of bed in the morning”.

Rework was run as a small enterprise, where wood and pottery items crafted by users were sold to the public for a not-for-profit business and had been running for around 20 years.

One service user, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’ve been coming to Rework for about six months and it’s something I really look forward to. Everyone is friendly, it helps with my treatment and as all the other groups around Rugby have stopped, there is no where else for me to go.

“Rework has given me the confidence to think I could potentially work again - where else could do this?

“I’m now worried there wherever there is left to go - if there is somewhere else to go - people will find it hard to adjust and that service may become overloaded.”

A spokesperson for the trust insisted that services had been redesigned to offer more choice and better access to services for mental health services, but declined to elaborate.

The spokesman said: “We are committed to providing excellent standards of care through services that aim to deliver effective, person-centred, clinical outcomes.

“I can confirm that we have redesigned the way we deliver employment services to all patients in the trust, giving more choice and access to a wider range of provisions. As a consequence of this we have commenced consultation with the small number of staff affected.”