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Mental Health Drop-In Centre Seeks Volunteers To Keep The Service Running

3rd November 2017 | By Peter Chapman

Summerhaven is a mental health support group who've been running drop-in sessions at the Old Post Office on Station Road since August 2015. They are currently looking for new volunteers to help run the sessions on a Sunday afternoon from noon-4pm.

The service was set up after two other mental health services in the town closed, they were Summerfold on Leylands Road and Millhaven on Mill Road. Summerfold had access to doctors, psychiatric nurses and occupational therapists. The service relocated to Haywards Heath.  Millhaven was a drop-in centre on Mill Road.

Summerhaven is a volunteer-run community group and has received funding from: West Sussex County Council; Mid Sussex District Council; Burgess Hill Town Council; and the Burgess Hill & District Lions. 

The sessions are an opportunity for people to meet others with similar life experience and to enjoy a judgement free community space.

At the Sunday sessions, between 15-20 members will attend on average.

During the sessions a range of activities take place such as: card games; puzzles, board games and; regular quizes. The centre also has a pool table, a bank of computers (including an iMac) and a television.

The Role Of A Volunteer At Summerhaven
As a volunteer, your role will be to help supervise the sessions and to take part in the activities with the members. Volunteers will serve low-cost food and drink (tea, coffee, cake) and provide a listening ear.

How To Be A Volunteer
Summerhaven are always keen to add new volunteers to their service. No experience is necessary. The service are looking for a commitment of at least one session per month, even if just for a few hours.

If you'd like to volunteer at the Sunday sessions, please contact Janice Henwood via either of these email addresses: summerhaven1@outlook.com or davidhenwood@talk21.com

Spread the word! The Summerhaven Mental Health Drop-In Centre are looking for volunteers.

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