Mental health drop-in facing cuts closure?

THE future of a Mexborough drop-in centre hangs in the balance after it was announced funding for the service will be cutback.

MIND, which has been based on Main Street for 12 years and has a base in Doncaster, provides one-on-one counselling and a helpline for people in mental distress.

Doncaster Council has revealed that they will be making a small reduction to their funding in light of central government cuts.

One service user John Morton, 41, claimed staff at the Mexborough centre had received notification that it will soon close as part of the cutbacks.

He said: “One of the directors from the Doncaster office basically said that funding has run out, and that the Mexborough branch will be closing within two or three months.

“This would be a big loss. The nearest one is in Doncaster and that is a long way to go for some people, especially if they are suffering from mental health issues.”

He added: “I have been coming to the drop-in centre for six years now and I can’t explain enough how much they have helped me. I was at a real low ebb – I even once took an overdose in Mexborough town centre.

“But they have really helped me. The centre has helped thousands of people over the years and it is a lifeline to them.”

Joan Beck, Doncaster Council’s Director of Adults and Communities, said: “We are in discussion with MIND about levels of funding for the next year as we need to make a small reduction to their funding in the light of central Government cuts and the savings Doncaster Council is required to make”.