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Newbury Community Resource Centre to pilot scheme as a pathway to employment for people with mental health problems


The Newbury Community Resource Centre is amongst seventy four charities that will get a share of more than £6.8 million to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health and wellbeing, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced yesterday.

The charities submitted funding bids to the Department of Health setting out how they could help their communities by improving care for thousands of vulnerable people. The money comes from the Department’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) fund.

The NCRC will use its £45,000 grant to pilot a scheme providing a pathway for people with mental health problems to take progressive steps towards returning to or entering employment. The user-led scheme will offer a wide range of meaningful re-use activities beneficial to the local community and the environment, designed around the needs of the individual, and offering continuity of care. The scheme will work towards a national model for mental health services in re-use organisations that will be promoted through the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), the national body supporting 300+ reuse organisations in the UK.

To celebrate this grant funding, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow held a round table with members of charities including the Newbury Community Resource Centre.

Paul Burstow said "This new funding will improve the lives of thousands of people across the UK, helping them to lead healthier and more independent lives. It is crucial that we continue to champion our voluntary organisations, because their expertise allows them to design and develop innovative solutions to the big challenges we face in health, public health and social care. These exciting projects are more than worthy of our support and I am delighted that the money will be spent on providing individuals and local communities with the tools to tackle health and wellbeing."


The Newbury Community Resource Centre Ltd, is an independent registered charity that helps local people living on a low income by providing furniture, goods and services at low cost.  The organisation also provides opportunities for people to develop work and social skills, and encourages environmentally beneficial activities by promoting recycling and reuse.

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