The hub will be known as Elliot’s Place in memory of 24-year-old Elliot Taylor – and is looking for volunteers

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The hub will be known as Elliot’s Place in memory of 24-year-old Elliot Taylor – and is looking for volunteers

 

The new building for Elliot's Place was lifted in in two part's over charity Empowerment's existing building this week
The new building for Elliot’s Place was lifted in in two part’s over charity Empowerment’s existing building this week (Image: Empowerment charity)

A brand new mental health space designed to help young men will be opening in Blackpool soon – in memory of a 24-year-old local man who sadly passed away.

The much needed building has recently been craned into the Empowerment Sanctuary garden at Bispham Road week which will offer a supportive space.

Currently, they are asking for volunteers who might be able to offer their skills and services.

Although not open to facilitate groups just yet, the space is now there for anyone who feels like they need immediate help.

The landmark moment comes after innovative Blackpool-based charity Empowerment and volunteers made many efforts to raise £10,000 to create the space in its Sanctuary Garden.

The charity states on its website that it is dedicated to serving marginalised communities in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast and is passionate about getting people’s voices heard.

The charity wishes to play its part in fighting against the stigma that surrounds men and their mental health.

Elliot Taylor's death has inspired the creation of Elliot's Place.
Elliot Taylor’s death has inspired the creation of Elliot’s Place

The hub will be known as Elliot’s Place in memory of 24-year-old Elliot Taylor.

After living with severe anxiety, the young man who lived locally sadly took his own life after having nowhere to turn to for immediate help.

Councillor Jo Farrell, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Elliot’s Place is an amazing initiative and is a testament to Elliot’s family and friends.

“It will be a valuable and safe space for any young men in our community struggling with their mental health. We know men in particular are more likely to take their own lives.

“Any initiative that promotes peer support and less stigma around mental health is an asset to Blackpool.”

The site of Elliot's Place in Blackpool.
The site of Elliot’s Place in Blackpool.

Several volunteers and organisations have helped with the project including B&Q which donated £5,000 through the B&Q Foundation community fund in collaboration with Neighbourly.

Friends and family of Elliot Embarked on the mammoth Coast to Coast Hike to help with fundraising along with others who completed the three peaks challenge back in June.

Working with the family of Elliot Taylor, the space that was an unloved area of the Empowerment Garden was able to be transformed, beginning with a generous donation from Kevin Hughes and his local firm Town and Country Management Solutions.

A sign has just been added to let people know where they are located.

The sign for Elliot's Place went up at the site at the end of last month
The sign for Elliot’s Place went up at the site at the end of last month (Image: Empowerment Charity)

Blackpool – Empowering Social Support (BESS) Service and Community Engagement Manager Linzi Cason told LancsLive: “We want people to know that although we can’t have groups here just yet we are here if anyone needs immediate help.

“Inside we have a small room for meetings, a small kitchen and comfy seating. As this is a space for young men, we want to get their input as to what should be in there and what they would like to see.

“We’re also looking for activities facilitators and peer mentors which we call ‘Elliot’s mates.’ There are plenty of people out their who have their own stories who may perhaps want to help others.

“Although this is a hub we want to also bring the young men out into the community with different activities.

“The space needs more development so if anyone can come forward and help, no matter what their businesses or services, we’d very much appreciate it.

“We recently had an electrician who offered their services and we suggested that perhaps he speaks to some of the young lads who perhaps may want to be electricians.

“We’ve had another gentleman who has recently retired and his hobby is bench making so he offered us a bench.

“Anything anyone can help with, we’ll be very grateful.”

Empowerment is aiming to keep everyone updated as to how the project is going in the next few weeks.