There was much interest and participation during the official launch of the Eastwood Mental Health Hub on 22nd July. Thank you to everyone who has supported the development of the project and made it possible. The project is a collaboration between Citizens Advice Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire Mind and Eastwood Volunteer Bureau.

The Deputy Mayor of Eastwood Town Council Marlene Seagrave performed the opening ceremony at the event that included meeting the team, taster sessions and an explanation of what the project is about.

The project came about after Citizens Advice in Broxtowe recognised that many people living in the North of the Borough need extra support to mange and live sustainable lives. By providing extra, proactive help and mentoring to those who often find themselves in crisis with things like housing, debts and many other issues it is hoped that people will become better able to manage and live better lives in the future and require the services of other agencies less often.

Through local and national research it was discovered that many of the same service users also experience poor mental health and by linking Nottinghamshire Mind services to early intervention advice, Citizens Advice Broxtowe are piloting a project that hopes to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable people.

We are grateful to Eastwood Volunteer Bureau (EVB) who have made office space available. Citizens Advice share many mutual clients with EVB and therefore they were an obvious third partner in the project.

The pilot project has been made possible thanks to the financial support provided by Broxtowe Borough Council. A number of agencies are already showing interest in the pilot that will be subject to an extensive evaluation process.

To find out more about the project, including information on sessions and opening times simply call into the Citizens Advice office based at Wellington Place Eastwood (full details can be found on this website) or call into Eastwood Volunteer Bureau. A leaflet is downloadable below.

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