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Linkworking Looking Forward to 2020

Looking Forward to 2020
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With the success of our existing project, we are keen to expand our work into neighbouring boroughs covered by SLaM. We hope to start with the LB of Lewisham first, to support service users to improve their mental health and wellbeing and support them on the road to recovery. After a couple of years, we hope to extend Linkworking across all SLaM boroughs, giving service users a greater voice in future development and delivery of services across South London.

By April 2021, we would aim to be in Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth to cover the local NHS Trust – South and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) areas.

We want to address the gap caused when services are developed
and designed by people who do not know what it is like mentally to be
sectioned, medicated, refused access and denied human rights. Now, more than
ever, service users need their voices heard, to improve the quality of life of
people with an enduring mental illness; relieve dependency; and conserve
valuable health and social care resources. It would allow our Linkworkers to
help service users find hope when they believe there is none.

In order to continue to provide the Linkworking service to our vulnerable clients in the Borough of Croydon, we estimate we need approximately £53,000 per year for the next three years. This would be made up of £51,135 in year 1, £52,669 in year 2 and £54,249 in year 3. This will ensure we support approximately 2500 people per year across Croydon, through the involvement of 25 volunteers and 3 part time (Linkwork Manager at 28 hours per week, Admin Support and Data Support workers both at 8 hours per week) staff. Some of this currently funded by the Croydon CCG so we would be looking for an additional £21,635 in year 1, £23,169 in year 2 and £24,749 in year 3.

In 2021, we wish to enable mental health service users in Borough of Lewisham to receive our vital service, we estimate we need approximately £45,000 per year for the next three years. This would be made up of £43,950 in year 1, £45,269 in year 2 and £46,627 in year 3. This will ensure we support 1200 people across Lewisham, through the involvement of 12 volunteers and 3 part time staff Linkwork Manager at 20 hours per week, Admin Support and Data Support workers both at 8 hours per week).

In 2022, we wish to enable mental health service users in Borough of Southwark to receive our vital service, we estimate we need approximately £45,000 per year for the next three years. This would be made up of £43,950 in year 1, £45,269 in year 2 and £46,627 in year 3. This will ensure we support 1500 people across Southwark, through the involvement of 15 volunteers and 3 part time staff (Linkwork Manager at 20 hours per week, Admin Support and Data Support workers both at 8 hours per week).

We also see the need to recruit a regional manager and administrator to support the additional complexity across 3 or 4 boroughs. We estimate we need approximately £54,000 per year for the next three years. This would be made up of £52,721 in year 1, £54,303 in year 2 and £55,932 in year 3.  This will involve a Linkwork Regional Manager at 20 hours per week, Admin Support at 8 hours per week.

Also in 2022, we
wish to enable mental health service users in Borough of Lambeth to receive our
vital service, we estimate we need approximately £45,000 per year for the next
three years. This would be made up of £43,950 in year 1, £45,269 in year 2 and
£46,627 in year 3. This will ensure we support 1500 people across Lambeth,
through the involvement of 15 volunteers and 3 part time staff (Linkwork
Manager at 20 hours per week, Admin Support and Data Support workers both at 8
hours per week).