The Bridges service in Norwich, which supports people with complex and enduring mental health issues, transferred to St Martins on March 1st 2018.
There are about 41 people who use Bridges, 25 who use it regularly, and there will be no change to the service they receive.
Bridges provides a drop-in centre three times a week at the Vauxhall Centre in Norwich, and also group outings. The aim is to help service users manage their enduring mental health, gain more social confidence and also help them to resolve any housing or financial problems.
St Martins is a well-known and respected organisation in Norwich that already provides a wide range of services to people who are homeless, vulnerable or have enduring mental health issues.
Dr Jan Sheldon, CEO St Martins said, “St Martins has a wide range of services and expertise and is committed to supporting people to manage their mental health. We know that with support people can grow in confidence; this helps them to resolve any housing or financial problems. We are delighted to be working alongside NHS Norwich CCG to support people to manage and resolve difficult and complex situations.”
To ensure the transition is as smooth as possible, the Bridges service run by St Martins will receive an additional £10,000 in funding boost from NHS Norwich CCG on top of the £56,000 annual operating funding.
Tracy Williams, Chair of NHS Norwich CCG, said: “We are delighted that St Martin’s Housing Trust has agreed to take over Bridges, adding to its portfolio of local services for vulnerable people.”