September 21, 2018 3.02 pm This story is over 62 months old

DIY SOS! Call for school mental health hub volunteers

They’re looking for tradesman to help transform the school – Could you help?

A Lincoln school is planning to create a community mental health hub, but needs an army of handy volunteers to help finish it.

The plans would see Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, North Hykeham, offer counselling and other services to the whole community.

People struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental health problems would be able to access help at the school.

An outdated and unused classroom block has been earmarked for renovation and new spaces would be branded the Robert Pattinson Hub.

Six figure funding has already been secured from the Bromhead Medical Charity to see the pilot scheme completed over three years.

The school wants that funding to go solely towards employing counsellors to help those struggling with mental health, so they need tradespeople to help renovate the old classrooms.

The school needs volunteers to build the mental health hub. Photo: Connor Creaghan.

Gregory Kirk, a Year 9 teacher and creator of the Robert Pattinson Hub, told The Lincolnite: “I’ve found at the school that those who need help with mental health are struggling to get the support they need.

“So we want to see different locations in our school being used to maximise these services in the local community.

“Now we are calling out to the community to come and help us to build this hub. The funding we have secured needs to go to the heart of the issue, not on painting and carpeting.”

Builders, electricians, carpenters and other tradesman that are willing to volunteer their services should get in contact with Gregory Kirk on 01522 882020 or on [email protected].