Helping The Doors Stay Open At The Open Door Centre

The Open Door Centre, which provides a unique and innovative mental health service for young people in Wallasey and surrounding areas, has received a grant of £75,000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation. The funding will secure the job of the Centre Manager for three years and allow the charity to expand its services.

The Open Door Centre puts immediate support for young people at the heart of its overall aims. The Charity, which has also secured previous support from the Steve Morgan Foundation, offers therapeutic means of support in a friendly and informal setting delivered by local people, many of which have personal experience of mental health issues.

Lee Pennington, who founded the charity seven years ago, said: “Every year The Open Door Centre is in greater demand and we continue to support an increasing number of young people year on year.

“In Wallasey, access to statutory support is extremely limited and it is not uncommon for young people to be waiting for a year or more to receive treatment.

“This funding could not come at a more crucial time. We have been able to employ an additional member of staff to the team and fulfil increased outreach work with additional personnel.

“We are extremely grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation for working closely with our organisation over recent years and showing such great interest in the work we do.

“Alongside this, it is a pleasure to work with such a passionate team who actively support our vital cause.”

Gosia McKane, of the Steve Morgan Foundation, presented the charity with a cheque and wall plaque to mark the award. She said: “The Trustees recognised The Open Door Centre as an excellent charity, with enthusiastic and imaginative people at the helm, providing an invaluable service in an area where getting help is not always easy. They are delighted to be able to help.”


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