Financial boost for drug and alcohol recovery services in North East

New government investment has been awarded to services for drug and alcohol recovery in the region

Dr Roberta Marshall, Public Health England North East centre director
Dr Roberta Marshall, Public Health England North East centre director

Almost £400,000 has been given to the region to enhance drug and alcohol recovery services.

New government investment of £372,660 capital funding is being distributed by Public Health England via local authorities to support projects which help people to overcome dependency.

Dr Roberta Marshall, Public Health England North East centre director, said: “The quality and range of applications submitted was impressive.

“The schemes put forward show the passion and creativity the drug and alcohol treatment sector consistently puts into supporting recovery.”

Successful initiatives in the North East include Livin Housing Limited, which has received £200,000 for its supported housing programme for individuals and families at any stage in their recovery in County Durham.

Anna Lynch, director of public health, Durham County Council, said: “This funding will help us develop a supported housing programme for individuals at any stage of their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.

“We are delighted to receive this grant which reflects the ongoing partnership between Durham County Council, Livin, the Cornforth Partnership and Clean and Sober Living.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle Gateshead Recovery Centre will get funding of £22,660 for a project that will benefit its Changing Lives Recovery Centre serving both boroughs.

Prof Eugene Milne, director of Public Health at Newcastle City Council said: “We welcome this new funding to support drug and alcohol recovery.

“The money will be used to refurbish the Recovery Centre, which supports people in recovery from addiction. It helps facilitate support from organisations like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, and gives access to social opportunities.

“The Recovery Centre is a positive development and is part of Newcastle’s commitment to help people escape from substance-dependency.”

Capital funding of £150,000 is also going to Ambassador House in South Tyneside to refurbish and turn a currently vacant 20-bedded residential property into a residential 12-step abstinence based rehabilitation facility with four temporary move-on properties.

Coun Fay Cunningham, South Tyneside Council’s Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are committed to working with our alcohol and misuse services to ensure they target the right people at the right time.”

This is the fourth wave of government capital investment funding to support drug and alcohol recovery.

It follows Department of Health capital funding in 2007, 2009 and 2010 managed by the former National Treatment Agency.

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