Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/917/23607

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 September 2016

Sheffield mental health services to lose council funding

Mental Health Action Group Sheffield

Mental Health Action Group Sheffield   (Click to enlarge)

Tim Jones, MHAGS founder and project coordinator, and Socialist Party member

"Why is it when we have a good day, only bad news follows? The good news is we had a great pool competition against St Wilfrid's Centre Sheffield and we won 3:2. The bad news shortly after was that we will no longer receive any funding from the council next year."

This was the reaction of Mental Health Action Group Sheffield (MHAGS) to learning that our 10,500 a year funding from Sheffield's Labour council will end on 31 March 2017. The day centre is used by 20 to 30 people every weekday, providing meals, activities and trips.

It is the only mental health user-led service in Sheffield and operates without any paid staff. If it closes, there is no similar alternative provision in the city and it will have disastrous consequences.

User-led

The 'Friends of MHAGS' campaign has been set up by service users and supporters to force the council to restore funding and keep this vital service.

I founded this vital user-led service back in 1992. We were a campaign group in the 1980s and we were responsible for winning mobility passes for the disabled. It was piloted in Sheffield and later became nationwide.

The reason why we became a day centre and later a charity in 1990 was that the last legislation Margaret Thatcher passed before she was ousted over the poll tax was the NHS in England becoming trusts. This meant psychiatric day centres closed down at an alarming rate.

The organisation was born out of a massive campaign to save Pitsmoor day centre. We had a small victory as we thought we came to a compromise - it would reduce its opening times to keep it open.

Constant attacks

Later they used the reduced staffing levels to justify reducing our grant support! We have been constantly under attack.

Our first premises in the town centre accepted 40 to 60 service users a day. Then Sheffield City Council announced it was selling off the premises for private housing developments. Subsequently they moved us to Shalesmoor which was a red-light area, which put off service users.

In 1997, when the council was in the process of redeveloping the Peace Gardens where our premises were, we staged an occupation highlighting the social cleansing policy that Sheffield City Council was implementing.

Eventually we were forced out and now our day centre is once again out of the city centre, reducing its accessibility to many service users. Even so, we will fight to win back our funding and keep MHAGS open.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 21 September 2016:


What we think

Battle lines drawn: build a real mass party of the 99%


Socialist Party news and analysis

All Greater Manchester firefighters face sack

Hinkley Point C: wasteful, dangerous and polluting

NHS care rationing already rife

Bosses' bonus billions bonanza

Provocateur accusation against Met police spy

School sexism

Zero-hour zealots: Guardian and Center Parcs


Socialist Students

New Tory attacks on Higher Education - a programme to fight back

Socialist Students: setting out our stall...


Socialist Party feature

After TUC congress 2016: Mobilise the anger!


Workplace news and analysis

Thousands of Post Office workers strike

Film review - 'Blacklisted'

Tube strike over management bullying

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Libya: imperialist intervention helped wreck country and revolution

#JobstownNotGuilty trials begin


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Uncovering the class struggle behind the Rebecca Riots

Iconic nightclub Fabric closes doors - another victim of austerity?

The Socialist inbox


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

#KeepCorbyn campaign reports

"I've had enough - it's time to fight back"

Fightback is on to save NHS heart services

Tamil Solidarity demands refugee rights

Sheffield mental health services to lose council funding

Disgraceful decision to close vital Bradford day centre


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 September 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Sheffield:

triangleSheffield Socialist Party: Tories out! Corbyn in with socialist policies

triangleSouth Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

triangleSouth Yorkshire Freedom Riders - still battling on

triangleWell-supported strike against cuts at Bradfield school

triangleSheffield tree campaigners' legal win

Mental health:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleTV: Young, British and Depressed - "What is wrong with our society that all these people are feeling this way?"

triangleWest London Socialist Party: The mental health crisis

triangleMidlands mental health workers walk out against privatisation

Health:

triangleEnd profiteering from health - nationalise big pharma

triangleNorthern Ireland: Health workers take action over understaffing and pay equality

triangleNews in brief

Council:

triangleAvenue of trees saved!

triangleUndervalued gritters to walk out

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

11/12/19

Walthamstow

Avenue of trees saved!

11/12/19

Podcasts

Latest podcasts

11/12/19

Carmarthenshire

Undervalued gritters to walk out

10/12/19

Socialist Party

Come and discuss with us after the election

10/12/19

Usdaw

The Activist Issue 82 - for retail workers

10/12/19

Morrisons

Pay Deal: ACAS sides with management - a missed opportunity to fight

9/12/19

Swansea

Swansea: Corbyn rally attracts turnout but many can't get in

4/12/19

Socialist Party

Fight for your future - join the socialists

4/12/19

UCU

Strikes: more determined than ever

4/12/19

Socialist Students

Students and workers united in struggle

4/12/19

South Western Railway

It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public

4/12/19

Surrey

Surrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

4/12/19

Hull

Social workers lobby Hull City Council

4/12/19

Climate change

Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

4/12/19

Socialist Party

Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999