New health centre is shining example

The Lighthouse, Crescent West, Cleveleys.
The Lighthouse, Crescent West, Cleveleys.
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A NEW mental health resource centre has opened its doors to the public in Cleveleys.

The Lighthouse will provide an open access and short term support service for people over 16 years of age who have mental health needs.

Based at 19 Crescent West and including a cyber café, the Lighthouse will offer advice, referral and a signposting service – meaning it will direct people toward the specific help or service they need.

The facility will be open to the public in a drop-in capacity, as well as those clients already involved with the team behind it.

It will be open from Monday to Friday each week, from 10am until 4pm.

There will also be workshops such as daily living, music, creative writing, computing, employability, volunteering and educational skills.

The facility has been set up by charity Creative Support, with funding from NHS North Lancashire and Lancashire County Council for three years.

Creative Support, which was established in 1990, is a non-profit Industrial and Provident Society with charitable status providing a range of “tailor-made” services for people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and other support needs

The service will support people towards improved mental and physical wellbeing by enabling them to achieve their personal goals, strengthen their coping abilities, develop new skills and build their natural support systems.

The overall aim is to increase each individual’s confidence and independence by encouraging them to access various activities and become valued participants in the local community.

Mary McKee, Team Manager at Cleveleys, said: “The Lighthouse will be open to the community, to anyone who feels that they are at risk of social isolation, of developing mental health issues or are simply in need of support and guidance.

“Individuals with defined mental health needs and those on a personal budget based on their assessed social care needs will be able to access a short term one-to-one service to help them participate in positive opportunities and activities.

“We have already been working with some clients in Cleveleys since November, when we were temporarily based at the Frank Townend Centre.

“But the Lighthouse will be open to both existing clients and members of the public, and the service is free.”

This facility has been fully refurbished to provide an attractive, contemporary, welcoming cyber café with additional support services in the heart of Cleveleys.

It will enable a wide range of people to access support and make the most of opportunities available to them through this and other local resources.

Mary added: “We are open to people from across the whole of the Fylde coast.

“We are confident this centre will help to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The facility is part of the charity’s Solutions Plus service, which began with the opening last October of a similar resource centre, The Helm in Lancaster.

Creative Support also provides other community support services in 50 local authority areas.