Lifeworks is a project for people with borderline personality disorders, a condition which in the worst cases can lead to serious self-harm or suicide. The service is funded by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust’s (CPFT) who have made the decision to close the centre as part of a £6 million cost-cutting exercise.
The service users were not consulted about the move and are furious that vital support they were promised for the rest of their lives is now being swept away. The occupation began after a sit in protest by Lifeworks users at the beginning of March. Speaking to Solidarity newspaper those inside said:
“Lifeworks is our lifeline. It was called Lifeworks because it was meant to be for life. Our condition is lifelong, and they want to see people discharged from the service well again, but with us this is a lifelong condition.
“Once you’re referred to Lifeworks, when you have your well episodes you can go away and live your life to the best you can, but when you get ill you don’t have to go back to your GP, you can come back here. The staff here know your triggers, Lifeworks is always there for you.”
This is exactly the sort of comprehensive service that the NHS should be delivering, particularly against a backdrop of savage cuts to benefits. Lifework service users came to support this week’s protest against the scrapping of the Independent Living Fund outside the DWP. They have asked that people show support by signing, sharing and helping publicise the petition to save the project at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/61183
You can also join (and share) the occupation’s facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SaveCCS
Please help spread the word.
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