‘How will I cope without support?’ says Long Sutton man

Glenn Bartley is upset at the news his support worker is being made redundant. SG160615-307TW
Glenn Bartley is upset at the news his support worker is being made redundant. SG160615-307TW
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A Long Sutton man with mental health problems fears time is running out for him and many other Advance Housing tenants in Lincolnshire because their support workers are being made redundant.

Glenn Bartley has lived in a self-contained flat in Bull Lane for 10 years, thanks to the help he gets with daily household chores, paperwork and fetching medication.

However, on Tuesday, June 30, support workers are being made redundant and his anxiety is mounting at the thought of being left home alone.

Advance Housing runs supported housing across the county, including Spalding, Boston, Louth, Sleaford, Grantham and Lincoln.

Mr Bartley said: “I have been advised that the service is being re-commissioned. Because of this I and all the other Advance Housing tenants in Lincolnshire are being left with no support.

“I’ve suffered with anxiety and other mental health problems for 20 years, which are being made worse with worry.

“How can those of us with mental health issues who have needed support for years suddenly be left alone like this?”

Mr Bartley said he had been told tenants would have a meeting with Advance Housing in February or March to assess alternative support.

He said: “Nothing has been put in place.

“I believe there will be deaths because of this neglect – it’s a timebomb waiting to go off.”

A spokesperson for Advance Housing said: “At the end of the month, our contract to provide support for people with mental health issues in Lincolnshire comes to a close.

“The welfare of our customers is our priority, and we have ensured that they have been fully supported throughout this transition. We have been in regular contact with Glenn and will continue to support him in whatever way we can. With regards to the support Glenn receives, Lincolnshire County Council are responsible for deciding what support is given to customers by providers and offer a range of support packages, tailored to individual’s needs.”

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for adult care and health, said: “New support services for homeless adults, and those at risk of homelessness are being put in place following re-tendering for new contracts.

“This includes short-term crisis housing, a homeless outreach service, longer-term accommodation, domestic abuse accommodation and preventative services.

“As a result of this, the providers of some of this accommodation are changing, and there may be some staffing changes too.

“However, the new service provides much better support and coverage right across the county.”