Council grant ensures charity’s Batley return

Issue 638

AN ANTI-DEPRESSION charity has started up again in Batley thanks to a £4,800 Kirklees Council grant.

The Batley Self-Help Depression group ceased meetings last year after they were hit by a loss of funding.

Volunteers continued offering support where possible but are now back under a new name after securing a new grant.

Still based at the Batley Resource Centre, the service is called Yorkshire Rose Talking Therapies.

Cash came from the council’s community partnership scheme, which helps health and social care groups.

The service is open on Tuesdays from 1pm to 2.15pm, 2.30pm to 3.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm.

Activities include creative writing and crafts plus counselling for depression, which can be caused by issues such as bereavement or redundancy.

The 2.30pm session is for tai chi, which can relieve symptoms and boost self-esteem.

Organiser Lynne Jenkins, 60, who lives in Liversedge, worked in retail before retraining as a counsellor eight years ago.

She was helped by the group after the death of her mother and wanted to give something back.

Lynne discovered they offer a unique service, which is why they were so disappointed by last year’s funding loss.

She said: “We had people coming to us from as far as Selby because there’s nothing like this where they are.

“That’s why we changed the name, to reflect that this service is available to anyone in Yorkshire.”

For more details call 07587 697241 or pop into the Batley Resource Centre on Commercial Street, Batley.

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