Ripley day service awards honours to 75 people

RIPLEY-based Rethink Mental Illness day service The Croft, in Amber Valley, has awarded certificates to 75 people who have completed courses on everything from creative woodwork and digital photography, to independent living skills and confidence building.

Wayne Mercer, 46, from Ridings, was awarded certificates in creative woodwork and skills for life and said: “I’m very happy with the sense of achievement for getting something out of all my hard work and I wouldn’t have been able to do this at a college. It’s really built up my confidence.”

Ian Robinson, community support recovery worker at the Slack Lane organisation, said: “Using mainstream places of education can be difficult for people who have a severe mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. There isn’t the right support available for them so the odds are stacked against them sticking with courses or getting jobs.

Teaching staff from Derbyshire Adult Education Service run the courses.