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Article published on: Thursday, 20 April 2023

After very careful consideration, Buckinghamshire Mind has made the extremely difficult decision to consult with our older adults team on the closure of our Older Adults’ Wellbeing Groups.

In March 2022, we transitioned from the Older Adults’ Service, which provided dementia support, to a self-funding group supporting the wellbeing of people aged 65+ who have mental health difficulties. This was due to Buckinghamshire Council’s decision to discontinue the grant funding of the service.

Over the past year, we have revised the service with the aim of ensuring sustainability and continuing to provide a vibrant service into the future. However, over the latter half of the financial year, despite the incredible resourcefulness of staff and support from members and families, it has become evident that this is not financially possible.

Our priority at present is to support our Older Adults’ Wellbeing Group members, and their families and carers, to find alternative support. This will be done carefully and empathetically to ensure a positive and supported journey.

We are in conversations with other organisations such as Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Lindengate to look at onward opportunities, as well as working with each person individually to ensure their support needs can be met. Opportunities are also being reviewed with other Bucks Mind services to see if they are able to support individuals.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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