Our service user involvement strategy, People In Mind (PIM) who finished runners up at the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Awards, have been awarded funding courtesy of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Victim’s Fund to deliver the new PIM Unity Service.
PIM Unity is a weekly support group which will be provided for victims of crime and their family members or close friends to attend as a family unit or on an individual basis.
The service will be aimed at individuals, family members and close friends who experience mental ill health either prior or as a result of a criminal incident.
Volunteers with experience of mental illness or have been a victim of crime will host and deliver both the service with the higher level support of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
The support group will be a confidential, empathetic, supportive, safe and comfortable environment for victims of crime allowing attendees to talk openly about their experiences.
The aim of the service will be for the victims to gain peer support, develop a support and social network and have access to mental health and wellbeing services provided by The Kaleidoscope Plus Group and its partners in the community resulting in an improvement in victims’ health and wellbeing.
Community Engagement and Fundraising Coordinator at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, Kirstie Barnes is thrilled about the funding for the PIM Unity Service.
She said: “We are so pleased to receive this funding so we can deliver the PIM Unity service.
“Previous consultations held with people with experience of mental illness told us that there was a real need for a service dedicated to people with mental ill health who have been a victim of crime or who have been affected by crime in some way.
“We are now able to deliver this service which means victims of crime will be getting the support they so desperately need.”
The PIM Unity Service will be held every Thursday from 2pm – 3.30pm at Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, B66 1BB.
Please call Kirstie Barnes on 0121 565 5605 for further information.