Bexhill supported housing scheme threatened with closure

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A supported housing scheme for people with mental health issues in Bexhill is facing closure if the council goes ahead with plans to pull its funding.

Pathways, in Rotherfield Avenue, is a short-term scheme providing support for 12 people with a range of mental health issues, helping them manage their health and get back to living healthy, productive lives. ESCC is planning to pull 100 per cent of its funding as part of a programme of funding cuts.

“If Pathways closes it will leave vulnerable people without the level of support they require,” said team manager Kate Poyser in a letter to supporters.

“This will result in more people requiring temporary accommodation, at an approximate cost of £8,580 per person per year, or people requiring hospital admission at a cost of approximately £39,000 per person per year. Pathways receives £106,000 funding per year from the supporting people budget.

“It would be a false economy to withdraw our funding as it will cost other council departments and health far more money to support the residents we accommodate.”

Pathways says it believes, without its support, around 15 people a year would end up in hospital, either in an acute ward or a medium secure unit at a cost of almost £300,000 a year.

Over the last two years, Pathways in Bexhill has supported 31 people, and 15 of those have successfully moved on into independent housing. Of those 15, 14 are still successfully managing their tenancy. A further four people have since moved in with family and friends.

“The only way we will prevent this closure is for us all to stand together, make sure our views are heard and make sure others voices are heard,” wrote Ms Poyser.

For more information about the Pathways service, or to join the campaign, contact Ms Poyser on 01424 733094 or 07852 592590.

Alternatively email kate.poyser@familymosaic.co.uk

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