Crayford mental health centre to close because it is 'no longer fit for purpose'

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A mental health centre in Crayford is shutting after Bexley Council declared it “no longer fit for purpose”.

The facility based in London Road provided a range of activities including IT training, arts and music to help encourage further community involvement.

However the contract for mental health recovery day services was put out to tender earlier this year and awarded to Mind in Bexleyheath.

The council has said the Crayford Centre is now unsuitable to sustain “any service”.

A spokesman for London Borough of Bexley said:  “Mental health recovery day services are jointly commissioned by Bexley Council and NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

“Service users have been working closely with us and NHS Bexley CCG to review existing services.

“The contract for mental health recovery services was put out for tender last year and awarded to Mind in Bexley earlier this year.

“The new services will focus on supporting the individual and ensuring that they have a tailored plan that helps them recover.

“The Crayford Centre, which hosts just one of a range of mental health recovery day services, is no longer fit for purpose and not suitable to sustain this, or any other service."

He added: “The new redesigned services will be delivered from a number of convenient and accessible locations across the borough.

"They will also support people who need help to access services directly from their own homes where appropriate and, in doing so, improve their access to mainstream local community resources.”

Do you use the Crayford Centre? Call the News Shopper on 01689 885 721 or email hwood@london.newsdesk.co.uk

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9:41am Mon 2 Jun 14

HearTheFacts says...

Put out to tender?, cheapest tender win!. So this site is to close why?, so it can be sold off.

The reason is Bexley Council have a £40 million black hole to fill. Danson show gone,
Put out to tender?, cheapest tender win!. So this site is to close why?, so it can be sold off. The reason is Bexley Council have a £40 million black hole to fill. Danson show gone, HearTheFacts
  • Score: 9

1:37pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Charmaine29089 says...

This is truly disgusting a close family member used this health centre as one of the only ways on certain days where he was able to socialise and meet others. It was also the only way he could do something enjoyable with his time to get him out. Bexley council should be ashamed of themselves I hope they enjoy their plush new offices in Bexleyheath knowing they have cut off a vital lifeline for a section of society
This is truly disgusting a close family member used this health centre as one of the only ways on certain days where he was able to socialise and meet others. It was also the only way he could do something enjoyable with his time to get him out. Bexley council should be ashamed of themselves I hope they enjoy their plush new offices in Bexleyheath knowing they have cut off a vital lifeline for a section of society Charmaine29089
  • Score: 5

2:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

Promises promises. mental health service are usually the first to go.
Promises promises. mental health service are usually the first to go. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 3

11:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Was this ever consulted on with proper questions or was it a east Ukrainian vote. Does the council care about vulnerable people. Slow and poor response on the ofsted report with more than 30 weaknesses highlighted and less than 10 good things. Whitewash response from the council. Hopefully Bexley can get a director capable of running children and adult social services. Can cllr Taylor's replacement rethink these shoddy decisions
Was this ever consulted on with proper questions or was it a east Ukrainian vote. Does the council care about vulnerable people. Slow and poor response on the ofsted report with more than 30 weaknesses highlighted and less than 10 good things. Whitewash response from the council. Hopefully Bexley can get a director capable of running children and adult social services. Can cllr Taylor's replacement rethink these shoddy decisions Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 5

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