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Norwich meeting over Wicklewood women’s mental health unit

PUBLISHED: 07:54 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 07:54 07 January 2015

Ashcroft Centre in Wicklewood
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Ashcroft Centre in Wicklewood Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Campaigners concerned over the future of a women’s mental health unit are to hold a public meeting in Norwich tomorrow night.

The meeting at the Vauxhall Centre in Vauxhall Street is the first gathering of members of the Save Ashcroft campaign, which was set up after the 14-bed Ashcroft residential home in the village of Wicklewood, near Wymondham, faced closure by the Julian Support charity.

While eight of the beds have now been saved at the unit, the campaign group fear for its long-term future due to its reduced capacity.

Amanda Graham-Leigh, from the campaign group and who uses the centre for respite, said: “We want a secure and robust future for Ashcroft and its much-needed service.”

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 7.30pm and will be chaired by former Norwich MP Dr Ian Gibson, and health and council officials and senior representatives from Julian Support are due to attend, along with Simon Wright, MP for South Norwich.

Last month, following negotiations between Norfolk County Council commissioners Julian Support said that eight beds at Ashcroft would be saved, with the other six beds, commissioned by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, being axed from April.

What do you think of the cuts? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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