Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Building for the future at Next Steps

by Handy Mag
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A letter of thanks from Leisa Burniston, Chief Officer at Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre

Dear Members, Volunteers and Supporters,

I am thrilled to announce that, following many months of grant applications, fundraising and the selling of bricks, Next Steps has successfully completed the purchase of the building at 7 Church Street, Norton, Malton. Securing the building from the Salvation Army, who have been so supportive throughout this process, marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us.

Looking ahead, we hope that we will be granted planning permission to extend and refurbish the building, aiming to transform it into a 24/7 Hub. This Hub will serve as a beacon of collaboration and support, bringing together various organisations, community groups, and agencies under one roof for the benefit of our community. Our vision includes providing 24/7 access to the building, alongside offering low-cost rents to foster an environment where support and activities are available to all.

None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary support and generosity of our donors, volunteers and everyone who contributed to our cause – from buying bricks and making donations to fundraising efforts. Special thanks to The National Lottery, whose support ensures the continuation of our services and to those individuals who have gone above and beyond. We would also like to thank the Handy Mag and local paper Malton Gazette and Herald for their continued support – you have helped us more than you ever will know.

Everyone involved with Next Steps are over the moon that we can maintain our essential services, providing continued access to support and resources that assist in promoting mental well-being.

Together, we are building more than just a building; we are fostering a vibrant, supportive community that holds the promise of a more connected future for all.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Leisa Burniston

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