Trash Palace closure a loss
As a regular visitor to Trash Palace I was saddened to hear of its closure.
It’s a great asset for Porirua and the wider region and I hope the city council finds alternative ways of keeping it operating.
Of greater impact, though, is the loss of jobs and training opportunities for mental health consumers who work at Trash Palace and other Mana Recovery facilities.
These changes have come about in part because the district health board has withdrawn funding, saying it’s now using a new model to provide services to its mental health consumers. What is driving this though?
Were consumers of the services unhappy with the old model?
Is the change based on better meeting their needs and aspirations?
How many mental health services have been lost in the Porirua area in the last 12 months?
Who will monitor how well the new model is doing?
I look forward to hearing hard evidence that the ‘new model’ is a better model, because at the moment it seems like yet another downgrading of services to people
who often get short-changed.