A GROUP of local activists, led by town and county councillor Ros Kayes and service user Ros Copson, is campaigning for more facilities in the town for mental health service users. Their organisation has received funding and premises, at 5 Downes Street, Bridport, through which to operate the new Bridport facility to support both service users and those recovering from mental illness in Bridport and its surrounding communities.

The centre and centre manager will provide an informal drop-in service for individuals suffering, or who have suffered from, mental health issues. This service will include people who have reached a level of stability in their illness, and those who may be receiving support from mental health services.

It will be a safe and supportive place to meet and get information and help. People can drop in for a chat or advice. There will also be occupational activity groups and more specific groups that enhance the well-being of individuals through activities like yoga.

The centre will maintain strong links with the community health services and local doctors.

The service will run twenty hours a week, split over four days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, staffed by one senior facilitator for 20 hours, supported by volunteers. The Mental Health Drop-in Centre is grateful for all the support they have had with this project, including from DUHFT, Bridport Town Council, Rethink Mental Illness and the Moving On group.

They are looking to recruit volunteer members of the management committee, helpers and fundraisers. Anyone with experience of mental health issues is invited to contact the team with ideas, offers of help or enquiries.

Email lesley_archibald@btopenworld.com or call Ros Copson on 01308 422650.