Urgent campaign to save local mental health charity

Manager Jo Waller and shop volunteer Amanda Shepard at the Mind Shop Whitby. Picture Kathryn Bulmer
Manager Jo Waller and shop volunteer Amanda Shepard at the Mind Shop Whitby. Picture Kathryn Bulmer

A charity that helps almost 1,000 people locally with mental health problems has launched a major £20,000 fund-raising campaign to save it from closure.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind has worked in the community since 1962 and has 20 staff helped by dozens of volunteers who run nine different projects locally.

These include a daytime telephone helpline, drop-in groups, one-to-one social support and help with finances and housing.

The charity, which urgently needs to raise £20,000 to stay afloat until August, also works alongside Scarborough Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis as part of a joint project with the Cambridge Centre.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind works independent of the national Mind charity and has to raise its own funds to provide services and does not 
receive money generated from donations made to Mind’s charity shops.

So far through its Save Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind campaign, it has raised £8,000 in donations from housing provider Yorkshire Coast Homes, Scarborough Mayor’s Fund and its own Just Giving page.

However, the charity is making a desperate appeal to residents, businesses and any other organisations to help hit its £20,000 fundraising target by the end of May this year.

If the money is not raised in time, the group will have to axe its projects and its staff, leaving the people who use its services unsupported.

Donate to the appeal via www.swrmind.org.uk, www.justgiving.com/swrmin or a cheque made payable to Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, PO Box 304, Scarborough, YO11 3YJ.