Platform 1 charity on track to help people’s mental health in Huddersfield

Platform 1, a local mental health charity based at Huddersfield train station, was delighted to be awarded a donation of £24,382 from the Morrisons Foundation.

Left to right: Gavin Buxton, Morrisons Store Manager – Mel Powell, Morrisons People Manager – Debbie Creaser, Morrisons Community Champion – Bob Morse, Platform 1 Co-Founder and recently retired Project Manager

The donation will be used to refurbish a Pacer train carriage into a multi-purpose space, providing much needed additional support following an increased number of community members relying on the charity’s vital services.

The carriage will be equipped with brand new equipment so that members will gain a sense of worth and self-value and will look to include a fitted kitchen where they can cook meals for themselves and visitors – giving them catering and hospitality experience.

It will also include a place where members can eat socially together, allowing them to work on their social skills.

Debbie Creaser, Morrisons Community Champion, presented the donation saying, “It’s my absolute pleasure to provide this huge donation from the Morrisons Foundation.  I’ve been working alongside Platform 1 for a number of years and have seen first-hand the difference they make to so many vulnerable people from all walks of life in the local community.

“Once the new Pacer carriage has been converted, it will make a huge difference to literally hundreds of people who will have a safe place to share skills, socialise and receive the help they need with their mental health and reduce their feeling of isolation.”

For Crisis Support – Call 0800 066 28 28

Platform 1 is a mental health and crisis charity that encourages recovery through activities, allowing everyone to recover at their own pace, within a safe environment. Although it used to be an exclusively male mental health charity, Platform 1 now caters for men, women and young adults, indicating just how possible it is for anyone, no matter their situation, to be affected by mental health issues. You can find their website, with opening times and referral information, here.

The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarket in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help improve people’s lives.  Since its launch, over £35 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

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