Seagull Print supporting people with mental health problems faces closure after funding cut

Your Local Guardian: Seagull Print supporting people with mental health problems faces closure Seagull Print supporting people with mental health problems faces closure

A social enterprise which supports people with mental health problems faces closure after it's funding was cut.

Seagull Print, in Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, offers people with mental health problems placements in printing, IT and shop management.

But the business has recently had it's funding cut from the council, and is battling to stay open.

The printing company has been running since 1991, with two full time workers and three part time staff working alongside users.

Staff members are doing all they can to keep it open and have sought help from other businesses, sent out leaflets and emailed contacts.

Liv Korssell, who does the marketing for the company, said they need to find £40,000 to £50,000 to stay open.

She said: "We need to get more people in there to save it and have more awareness of it at the moment.

"People won't have this place to come to, they will have to find other ways of getting what they need from a training perspective and support with looking for work.

"Now we are facing closing down, this kind of service won't be available to them any more. They will have to find other services which may not be as local or easy for them."

A spokesperson for the council said: “This money is not being cut but instead it is being given to the service users to spend as they please, on the things they want to pursue, rather than being given as large block grants to service providers.

"This is in line with national policy and aims to give disabled people more freedom and choice about where their money is spent.

“At the moment only seven Wandsworth residents are choosing to attend Seagull, which is a big fall from a number of years ago and why their revenue has now fallen.

"If the company attracts more service users then that will generate more funding - and if it attracts enough people it could actually receive more cash this way than it did under the old system."

Can you help? Call 0208 9447 366 or visit seagullprint.co.uk

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6:51pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Roger Appleton says...

The Council should be asked what help they have given Seagull Print to market their service to local residents with mental health problems or their carers.
The Council should be asked what help they have given Seagull Print to market their service to local residents with mental health problems or their carers. Roger Appleton
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