Panacea Trust Supports Bedford Homeless

The Panacea Trust have provided funding to Amicus Trust to aim to reduce homelessness in the area through the delivery of mental health support.

The Panacea Trust, which has a fascinating history, is the legacy of the Panacea Society, a religious community formed in the early twentieth century. The Society was founded in 1919 by Mabel Barltrop, a 53-year-old widow who lived in Bedford. The Trust agreed to support local homeless charity Amicus Trust with their mental health project as it fits so well with their own charitable objectives, which includes priority given to groups that support those who are experiencing mental health issues or projects supporting those in poverty.

The Panacea Trust’s funding will enable Amicus Trust to continue to employ a Mental Health specialist to deliver a much needed and often complx service in counselling, therapy and mental health support for homeless individuals in Bedford.

“This project enables some of the most vulnerable members of our community get the support they need and get back on their feet – giving them a chance to have an independent life in their own homes. “ Project leader Adrian Henson explained.

Amicus Trust has been working with homeless people for over 40 years and along with other charities and research organisations have long understood the impact poor mental health can have. Mental health is one of the main causes of homelessness and Amicus wanted to launch a project designed specifically to support this area within community.

The funding which was awarded at the end of last year, enables the project to continue to deliver counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy and workshops in anxiety, anger management and living within the law and to support homeless people with mental health needs.

The Amicus Trust Mental Health project is free and available to homeless adults in Bedford. If you want to find our more or need support please call now on 01234 358478