Plans are shaping up for a mental health crisis café in Reading to be known as ‘Breathing Space’.
It is expected to be launched in the summer of 2021 according to documents published by Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which funds local services. It would cost around £160,000 a year to run for an initial three years and the CCG says it hopes the service will reduce the number of people needing to go to A&E at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
How the service could work
Name: Breathing Space
What: ‘A safe, comfortable, homely and sociable’ environment
Where: A town centre location in Reading
Who: For up to 12 adults in a mental health crisis at any one time
How: Self-referral via phone or referral by 111, GPs, police & others
Opening hours: 5pm-11pm, Friday to Monday (including Bank Holidays)
Staff: Qualified mental health practitioner, peer support workers, team leader, supported by trained volunteers
The CCG wants a voluntary sector organisation to run the service, working in partnership with the NHS and other services.
It hopes the café will give service users ‘the opportunity to identify their own needs; make their own choices about what will help them; develop their own coping strategies and tools, recognise their own strengths and talents; encourage hope and to work towards improving their own emotional wellbeing’.
Details are set out in a ‘market engagement’ notice which seeks interested organisations to send back a questionnaire by 6 November.