Isle of Wight Council

Plans to close three mental health day centres on the Isle of Wight have been met with outrage from staff who say people will be at risk of taking their own lives.

One of the eight members of staff could also be made redundant.

Under Isle of Wight Council budget proposals, Parklands in Cowes, Riboleau in Ryde and West Wight Day Services in Freshwater  — plus a satellite centre in Ventnor — could be closed to save £145,000.

Staff members and service users have said they are devastated.

The Isle of Wight Council said the proposals were published in October and formed part of the wider budget consultation.

One person, who said they relied on the service, said:

“What will happen to people like me who need the support of the well-being group? There is no where else for us to get specialised support.

“It makes me scared that all the centres are closing and I will no longer have their support. I will become isolated as I will not be able to maintain the friendships I have made without the support of Riboleau.”

Staff members, who have asked to remain anonymous, voiced fears about the impact of the closures.

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