Publish date: 30 September 2022

Last Friday marked 20 years of CHART working for and helping mental health service users to access accommodation across Sefton. An art piece painted by Valerie Vandis as a thank you for the help and support she had received from the team, was unveiled at South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre.

The Community Housing and Re-enablement Team (CHART) is a partnership between Crosby Housing Association and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust with funding via Sefton MBC and South Sefton CCG. Work is focused on the accommodation and support needs of people in Sefton who are open to secondary mental health services.

CHART works with service users to avoid hospital admission due to accommodation issues, decrease the length of a hospital stay, decrease the risk of mental health deterioration related to housing instability, prevent homelessness, offer tenancy support and offer housing options guidance and support.

Picture from left to right: Colm Quinn (CHART), Mandy Elliott (Chief Executive Crosby Housing Association), Karen Kay (CHART), Valerie Vandis, Rebecca Taylor (Head of Operations Community Mental Health Care Division), Emma Hooton (CHART) Neil Doolin (HUB Manager South Sefton Neighbourhood Centre and Manager of CHART)