Social Evening @ Farrers Restaurant at the Spa

Wed, Nov 1st 2017 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wed 1st November 2017 - Social Evening @ Farrers Restaurant at the Spa + talk from Scarborough Survivors

Scarborough Survivors is a registered charity, founded in 1994.  It operates a Resource Centre in Alma Square in the town. The centre is open from 1.00pm – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and currently has over 400 service users on its books.

As part of its work it offers a local self-help group covering Scarborough and the surrounding area and is made up entirely of people, with direct experience either personal, as a carer, relative or friend, of mental help problems. A key element of the Survivors chief officers work is to represent the voice of the service user on a wide range of committees and groups locally, such as the Crisis Care Concordat.

Presently, they receive revenue support annually from North Yorkshire County Council, The Tees, Esk and WearValley NHS Trust, and the NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group. Some £39,000 in all.  This core funding allows the charity to financially operate on a break-even situation and it employs one part-time member of staff. 

The chief officer, Andrea Woolcott, explained that their basic needs to: -

Attract more volunteers to help with straightforward admin. and reception duties; (They have 4 volunteers now). 

  • Additional trustees. The Board meets monthly and has 4 trustees, The Chair is Carolyn Knaggs
  • Open 5 days a week (currently 4 afternoons)
  • Open 7-days a week

Additional opening hours would need extra funding. 

The charity has a business plan and a set of objectives and has long-term ambitions to be a “Care House”. They do occasionally work with other charities in the mental health field, like Northern Lights and First Light. {MW}

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