Charity Faces Closure After 45 Years
Mental Health Charity and Social Enterprise, Send-it, is to close its doors after 45 years, following a decision by Aberdeen City Council to cut its funding. The charity, which is based on John Street, Aberdeen, provides support for adults recovering from mental health difficulties, helping them into employment, education and volunteering; decreasing their risk of social isolation.
Ten service users will be affected by the closure, as well as three members of staff. Send-it supports on average 25 people each year with disabilities. Funding for the charity was reduced by half last year after a retendering exercise. The charity has being run at a loss since and after a period of looking for alternative solutions, Send-it began to wind down in May this year, when it found new placements for 15 of its service users.
Enterprise Manager, Jenny Thomson, is disappointed with the closure: “I’ve worked at Send-it for the last 7 years and it’s very sad that it has come to this. We have supported so many people over the years and it’s been most rewarding to watch them grow and develop as individuals. It’s devastating news, but under the current economic climate it is very difficult for the Council to support everyone. We were fortunate that we had a bit of time on our side and we did everything we could to find another solution. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out and in the end we had no alternative but to close. We’re relieved that we were able to find suitable placements for ten service users who we were supporting, but the closure will still impact on a further 15 people with mental health disabilities and staff.”
Send-it was founded by Grampian Health Board in 1969 and became a Social Enterprise in 2001. Trading under the name Printability, it provided printing and mailing services to businesses, as well as work experience for people with mental health difficulties. It rebranded in 2009 to Send-it, when it changed its position to focus more on mailing and fulfilment solutions for e-commerce businesses. It is the only accredited mailing house in the North East of Scotland.
Send-it will officially close its doors on 14th November.