The Crisis Café is funded by North Leeds CCG from regional NHS England Vanguard money, as West Yorkshire is a vanguard for crisis and urgent care. The Leeds Crisis and Urgent Care Steering Group has developed the idea for a crisis café, along with colleagues from across the region. Crisis cafes provide a safe place for people in crisis to go and to prevent avoidable attendances at A&E.
The Leeds Hope and Wellbeing Café is a partnership between LSLCS and Touchstone (who are the lead), the Crisis Café is funded until June 2019 and runs at two different venues across the week from 6pm to midnight:
Saturday, Sunday and Monday – Lincoln Green Community Centre, Cromwell Mount (LS9 7JB)
Tuesday and Wednesday – Touchstone House, 2-4 Middleton Crescent, Beeston (LS11 6JU).
The cafe complements Dial House, with the aim of diverting people from avoidable visits to A&E. It builds on the work of the Touchstone Winter Wellbeing Café, a project that reached out to some of the vulnerable people who congregate in the area, and will also work closely with A&E staff, including the crisis team, to take direct referrals of people who have turned up at A&E but don’t require medical intervention.
Kimberley Saggu, Community Development Worker at Touchstone, is the Cafe’ Manager, and works alongside 3 Crisis Support Workers employed by Touchstone and 1 Crisis Support Worker, employed by LSLCS, in a more specialist crisis role.
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