East Belfast Independent Advice Centre develops advice services with the help of the John Wilson Memorial Trust.
The John Wilson Memorial Trust provided funding for the East Belfast Independent Advice Centre (EBIAC). The financial support was fundamental in allowing the EBIAC to develop advice services for those who have been hospitalised due to acute mental health problems. The service started off with one clinic per week in Knockbracken Health Care Park and has now grown to three clinics per week including one at the Mater Hospital, Belfast.
The funding made way for a very personalised service that had an actual financial benefit to the people as well as providing improved peace of mind. Jim Carson, mental health social worker explained: "The EBIAC service in Knockbracken is an invaluable support for clients. As benefit provision seems to be getting harder to access, it is vital that clients have assistance navigating the system. This is particularly true in circumstances of an admission, usually prompted by crisis to psychiatric inpatients."
The support from the JWMT allows EBIAC to provide direct and targeted assistance to those struggling with mental ill health both in the community and in the hospital setting.