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The Bridge saved from closure

Fri 6 May 2016, 10:09 am

Harrow Council has announced a raft of measures to improve mental health services at The Bridge facility in the borough, which the local authority hopes will safeguard its future for years to come.

Following a consultation process, Councillor David Perry, the outgoing leader of Harrow Council, has outlined a voluntary sector and community partnership to run and protect the council-owned centre. 

Coming to the end of its previous tender, The Bridge had been one service proposed for closure in cutbacks, prompted by the withdrawal of tens of millions of pounds of government funding. 

On visiting in the spring, Perry said: “Supporting the most vulnerable people in Harrow has always been my first priority and it is only right that one of our last decisions with me as leader will be to protect vital mental health services in Harrow.

“I have personally visited The Bridge and come to understand this is a lifeline to many and that service users rely on the activities there to improve their quality of life.

“With mental health facilities closing across the country due to devastating government cuts to councils, I am immensely proud that we have found a long term and sustainable future for The Bridge, after tireless work by campaigners and council staff.”

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