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The management of Portsmouth Interaction, a service for people experiencing mental illnesses, is set to be transferred to BH Live.

Interaction provide valuable support and activities to people with mental health problems. The council-run service has been affected by budget reductions in recent years, but this move secures its future, and is part of BH Live’s new contract to run six leisure centres in the city from 1st February 2017.

Portsmouth City Council’s last big event with residents who use the service was a special Christmas party at Alexandra Bowling & Social Club in Hilsea, which was also attended by Councillor Linda Symes and Councillor Luke Stubbs (pictured above).

Councillor Symes, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport, said: “Despite budget pressures, we have worked hard to continue delivering this important service, and I’m delighted BH Live are able to take on its management.

“Because the council needs to continue making savings each year, its future has always been uncertain, but this move means it is now secure, and I expect it to go from strength to strength.”

Councillor Stubbs, the council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “The interaction service gives people with mental health problems a way to get out, be active and socialise. It is invaluable to its users and it is fantastic news that BH Live will be taking the service forward.”

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