Vulnerable people given helping hand in Three Rivers thanks to new community safety schemes

People with mental health issues and victims of domestic abuse will be given extra support in the Three Rivers district with the launch of two new community safety schemes.

Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership is working with local mental health charity Herts MIND Network to launch the new Mental Health Assertive Outreach Pilot project and appoint a full-time Domestic Abuse Case Worker.

Watford-based housing association Thrive Homes is supporting the projects with a total of £11,000 of funding from its community grants scheme. A £6,000 grant has been awarded to help fund the mental health pilot and £5,000 towards the domestic abuse project.

Andy Stovold, Head of Community Partnerships at Three Rivers District Council, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant funding from Thrive, alongside other partner agencies, to ensure we can put in place services to support our more vulnerable residents in Three Rivers.”

Under the new mental health outreach pilot, initially running for a year, a specialist mental health professional has been appointed as a full-time Community Support Worker.

They will engage with people experiencing common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and phobias, offering emotional and practical support to help clients with the various issues they may be facing and to prevent problems escalating to crisis levels.

It is estimated that there are nearly 8,800 adults with common, low-level mental health issues in the district, according to the Hertfordshire Mental Health Strategy, but 85% of them may have no structured support.

The new service aims to provide support to around 130 people each year, improving clients’ mental health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Three Rivers’ new full-time Domestic Abuse Case Worker will offer a full range of long-term support and advice to victims of domestic abuse in the district.

It is expected that they will support nearly 360 clients each year over the next three years, helping to keep families safe and to tackle the underlying issues around some cases of domestic abuse such as mental health issues and drug and alcohol misuse.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “These pilot projects will make a hugely positive impact on individuals, families and communities across the Three Rivers district.
“So we are pleased, with the other funding partners involved, to be able to support this important work which has such potential to truly transform people’s lives.”