Published: 17 March 2023
Westminster City Council is proposing to invest six hundred and fifty thousand pounds in mental health provision and services for residents with learning disabilities.
Since 2019, there has been an 30% increase in referrals for mental health support in Westminster and new, innovative approaches are required to better support our residents.
Half a million pounds will go towards a mental health community centre and wellness scheme supporting residents to learn new skills, rebuild their self-confidence, integrate back into daily life and support them in achieving their personal goals.
This proactive service will reach into communities and offer early support to those who need it most, delaying the need for more intensive support in the future.
The investment is part of a wider programme to maintain mental health support in Westminster, ensuring the right provision is available for our residents.
In addition, 150k will be invested in supporting more adults with learning disabilities and their families.
Some of the initiatives include health and wellbeing programmes, advice on managing the cost of living, staying safe, and digital literacy.
These initiatives will enhance the comprehensive range of services already available in Westminster.
If you are looking for advice, there are resources available to support the most vulnerable residents.
Cllr Nafsika Butler-Thalassis, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Adult Social Care said:
Appropriate mental health provision for our residents is one of my main priorities so I'm very pleased our budget has allocated new funding which will be vital in supporting people rebuild their confidence, learn new skills and connect with others.
The Covid-19 pandemic and cost of living crisis have understandably led to a rise in the numbers of people needing support with their mental health. With this new service, we can take a more proactive, preventive approach and improve outcomes for residents.
I am also very pleased with the allocated funding for people with learning difficulties and/or autism that will help residents enhance their existing talents in a supportive and engaging environment.