THE axe has fallen on a "lifesaving" mental health organisation because of a lack of funding.
The cash-strapped Rural Community Link Projects (RCLP), which has its headquarters at St Stephen, near St Austell, has provided mental health support across the county for the past 13 years.
But the manager of RCLP, Glynis Meloy, said the community interest company – kick-started by three years of Lottery funding – has to close or face insolvency.
Nine jobs will be lost along with ten volunteering roles as a result of the closure on March 31.
A further two roles will transfer to another mental health organisation, Pentreath – a contract that was once shared with RCLP
Mrs Meloy said it had kept going for so long through grants and the dedication of its team.
Over the past few years the group had found it increasingly difficult to access money to keep providing the services, especially core funding.
She told the Cornish Guardian: "There are already people falling through the net. Statutory services are only funded for clients with severe, enduring mental health problems and it is up to voluntary organisations like ours to support people that don't fall into that category.
"It is a very sad situation because for so many years our amazing staff and volunteers have assisted with improving the lives of hundreds of people and in many cases even helped to save lives."
She added: "The lack of funding is a government issue and I don't think the Government is getting the full picture. I think at some point it's going to come back and bite them."
In August last year, following the revelation that the organisation was strapped for cash, members of the weekly St Blaise Meet and Greet group, based at Alexandra Hall in St Blazey, which is run by the RCLP, made a plea for a backer through this newspaper.
Some of the groups are hoping to stay open, run by individual members.
But Mrs Meloy said her fear is that, without the support of RCLP, they too will struggle.