On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Helyn Clack, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health, said: “It’s fantastic that the Prime Minister came to see for herself the great work we’re doing together to support local people by integrating health and social care services. This has never been more vital given the huge pressures we face such as rising demand for care for older people and services for children with special educational needs and disabilities that have left the council looking at how to bridge a £30 million funding gap next year.”
More information about the Prime Minister’s visit and the Aldershot safe haven centre can be found on the NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group website.
A safe haven centre opened in Woking last year and it operates alongside others in Camberley, Epsom, Guildford and Redhill as well as the centre in Aldershot. Details about each are available on Surrey and Borders’ website.
Other organisations involved in safe haven centres include Surrey Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service.