Rachel has helped to secure vital funding for a Redditch mental health and suicide prevention charity.
Earlier this year, the local MP visited AHead of Wellbeing and vowed to do everything she could to ensure the charity’s vital work could continue.
Based in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, its dedicated volunteers provide mental health treatment, as well as support for victims of domestic abuse 7 days-a-week. AHead of Wellbeing is also a safe space for domestic abuse victims and delivers the Freedom programme.
The charity also works with people who are contemplating suicide. By being open 7 days-a-week and by providing walk-in emergency help, AHead of Wellbeing has prevented people from ending their lives.
Ever since her visit, Rachel has been supporting AHead of Wellbeing and has been working hard to help secure vital funding for the charity.
Following Rachel’s intervention and working with the Leader of Worcestershire County Council Cllr Simon Geraghty and Dr Lisa McNally, Director of Public Health in Worcestershire, a £15,000 public health grant has been secured for AHead of Wellbeing to support the charity’s vital work.
“I’ve remained in close contact with Brenda following my visit to AHead of Wellbeing earlier this year.
“My team and I have been working hard to help Brenda secure vital funding to ensure the charity can continue to provide the life-saving services which many residents rely on.
“I’m thrilled that, following a visit from the Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, AHead of Wellbeing will be receiving public health grant funding.
“I will continue to work with Brenda to ensure the charity can continue to provide these services for Redditch long into the future.”
Brenda Morrison-Webb, Director of AHead of Wellbeing, added:
“When Rachel visited us back in August, we were at risk of closing at the end of December 2023 due to lack of funds.
“Rachel and I both knew the impact this would have on our existing vulnerable clients and the services needed in our town.
“With Rachel's influence, she requested help and guidance from the County Council.
“This grant from the County Council after a visit from Dr McNally, Public Health England, allows us to continue to deliver our walk-in support hub.
“I am personally extremely grateful for the consistent and tenacious support from Rachel, as are our clients and volunteers. Thank you.”