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Bespoke container conversion set to provide mental health support in Blackpool

A bespoke support unit to help young men suffering from mental health problems has been opened at Blackpool based charity Empowerment.

‘Elliot’s Place’, built by container conversion specialist S Jones Containers, has been set up by the family of Elliot Taylor, a young man who lost his life to suicide in 2020.

Working closely with Empowerment and Elliot’s family, the conversions team at S Jones Containers designed the bespoke 26m2 ‘L’-shape unit from prefabricated modular container units. 

Two insulated, glazed units complete with electricity were specified by the conversions team to provide two spacious rooms that will provide immediate support services for young men suffering from mental health problems.

Thanks to the unique ‘L’ shape, the space can be divided into rooms to offer a vast range of mental health support services. This includes one-to-one peer mentoring, drop-in services for immediate support, and workshops for local community services such as the Samaritans and the local police force. 

Fundraising for Elliot’s Place began in October 2020 and a total of £20,000 has been raised from charity hikes, community crowdfunding and local business donations.

Linzi Cason, BESS Service and Community Engagement Manager at Empowerment said:

“It’s fantastic to see the final structure in place, ready to welcome the young men who really need the mental health support services from us.

“In the long term, Elliot’s Place will be instrumental to how we help the young men in our area with mental health struggles. Our mentors will help provide the suicide prevention board with insight on what these young men actually struggle with within their day-to-day lives, and how we can help them with those struggles and therefore reduce the risk of suicide. Elliot’s Place will be an invaluable tool to improving the well-being of men in Blackpool.

“We’re so pleased we have created a sanctuary where we can remember Elliot and celebrate his life, and also a safe place for other young men to share their troubles and alleviate any mental health struggles.”

Andrew Capella, Conversions General Manager at S Jones Containers, said:

“It goes without saying that mental health support services are a lifeline in communities, so we were keen to help when Empowerment approached us for help with the creation of this much-needed community space.

“One of the benefits of using 20’ modules is that they are versatile and can be pre-assembled making the tricky site installation a little easier, so it made sense for Elliot’s Place to be constructed using this method. After discussing the needs of the space with Empowerment, we decided upon two insulated glazed units with full electrics that would create the versatile ‘L’ shaped space so as many people could use and benefit from the space.

“We’re proud to have been able to work with Empowerment and Elliot’s family on such an important project. It’s great to see the completion of Elliot’s Place and see the community come together to support the build. We hope that the container unit will provide sanctuary and support to those who need it.”

Mike Taylor, Elliot’s father, added:

“We are so proud of all the work that has gone into creating Elliot’s Place. 

“Elliot was a wonderful young man who is very much missed, and the creation of Elliot’s Place has been very much bittersweet for us family and friends. We take comfort in knowing that we have created this hub to help prevent any more young men feeling they have nowhere to turn to and losing their lives instead of getting the help they need.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated, all those who did a great job fundraising and those in the local community for their help to build this brilliant facility.”

For more information about Elliot’s Place, or the Empowerment BESS Services, please contact Linzi Cason on Linzi.Cason@empowermentcharity.org.uk. 

For more information on container conversion, hire or sale, please contact S Jones Containers on 01922 741752 or email sales@sjonescontainers.co.uk.

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