Quiet Mind get council cash boost

PUBLISHED: 10:43 23 June 2010

THE Quiet Mind Centre have been thrown a lifeline by the Town Hall after being awarded a grant of £1,500 to kick start fundraising efforts in a bid to secure a new home.

Charity bosses at the Hartley Road-based HQ have been told to leave their base because it will be converted into offices.

This would leave the charity with just four rooms in the short term, slashing the 5,000 treatments they perform annually by two-thirds.

Founder Mrs Bobby Neil said they were desperately trying to find new premises – but just cannot find anything suitable.

So patients of the Centre took matters into their own hands and formed Friends of the Quiet Mind to raise the money to find a new home – and the first event is The Festival of The Quiet Mind in Manor Gardens on August 28.

But the group need help to get the event off the ground and at the town hall’s Finance Committee last week councillors were considering the latest tranche of grant applications worth £36,000 annually.

The group had asked for £2,500 but Councillor Pauline Stott questioned if the council should pay out money to organisations without detailed accounts and a business plan and asked: “Where is the £3,000 we gave to the centre last year?”

While committee chairman Joy Whipps said ‘we need more details’.

But Conservative Leader of the council Lynne Elson said: “In Hospiscare we have a lot to do with the Quiet Mind and they help people on low incomes and benefits and the vulnerable in the community. I would firmly support this application.”

Cllr Eileen Wragg said: “It is an excellent organisation they help a lot of people who would normally be going to their GP.

“In fact I feel the PCT should be helping. They survive on a wing and a prayer.”

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