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Richmond Fellowship - A Final Farewell

Tue 13 Sep 2016

Richmond Fellowship regretfully inform their current service users they were unsuccessful in their recent tender to continue to provide community based services in South Staffordshire but will continue to provide services until the end of the contract which is 31 October 2016.

Looking Ahead, Positive Change

"We accept that this an extremely anxious time for some people, as any change can cause anxiety and fear of the unknown. I would just like to reassure you all that there will be services available from the new providers, the services will not disappear, they will just be different. Please try to focus on the changes being positive, there may be a better range of services and you may get to meet new people, which has to be good!!! The welfare of our service users remains the most important issue to the team at Staffordshire Life Links, please discuss any concerns that you may have with your Link Worker or any of the staff at St Johns House. We may not have all the answers to your questions but we aim to get as much information as possible for you from the new providers.

In addition to this we have asked SSNMH (South Staffs Network for Mental Health) to arrange meetings with service users, Gemma Giles will also be visiting some of the peer support groups. SSNMH are an independent organisation and can act on your behalf with a totally independent approach. Gemma will be able to take feedback from you and can also take questions on your behalf to the new providers. Please remember that your opinions matter and you can have your say. Should anyone be unable to attend the group meetings, please advise staff who can arrange an alternative appointment with Gemma.

Throughout the process we will assist in any way to help the smooth transition from Richmond Fellowship to the new service. Please also note that Brendon House (Crisis Service) is not affected by the current changes and can be accessed in the normal way. For more information please speak to your Link Worker or alternative Mental Health Professional.

We encourage you all to stay positive and stay well. It has been a pleasure to work with such a lovely group of people. I would finally like to wish you all the very best in the future on behalf of the staff and management team at Richmond Fellowship.

As a final farewell we would like to invite you all to a celebration event which will take place on Thursday 27 October, 2016 1.30pm – 3.00pm at St Johns Church Hall, Bedford Avenue, Stafford. We will be providing a buffet lunch and light refreshments. Could I ask that you confirm your place by calling Sue at the Stafford Office on 01785 227020. We hope to see you on the day!!!

Kind Regards and Very Best Wishes

Michelle and the Life Links Team "