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Linkworking Looking Forward to 2023-24

Croydon's Peer Navigator & Support Project
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With the success of our existing project, we are keen to expand our work into neighbouring four boroughs (Croydon, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark) and the boroughs of the South West London Integrated Care System (ICS), which are Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth. We hope to start with the LB of Lewisham first to support service users to improve their mental health and well-being and support them on the road to recovery. We then want to extend Linkworking across all our neighbouring boroughs, giving service users a greater voice in developing and delivering services across South London.

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.

We want to recruit a Peer Support Coordinator to expand Linkworking across neighbouring boroughs. We estimate we need approximately £54,000 annually for the next three years. This would be £52,721 in year 1, £54,303 in year two and £55,932 in year three.  This will involve a Peer Support Coordinator at 20 hours per week and Admin Support at 8 hours per week.

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.

We wish to enable mental health service users in the 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 £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 at 8 hours per week).