County Council approves cash to help recovering drug and alcohol addicts

Derbyshire County Council has approved more than £147,000 of funding to organisations helping people recover from drug and alcohol dependency.

The funding comes from the public health alcohol and drug dependence grant that has been funding charities and voluntary organisation for the past four years.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “Evidence shows that people receiving drug and alcohol treatment are more likely to recover from addiction if they can take part in programmes which encourage and improve employability, develop strong relationships, self-esteem and encourage healthy diets.

“As a result of this, the Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Dependence Grant programme was developed.

“The grant programme has been running for the last four years to fund projects that provide recovery activities across Derbyshire.”

In September 2019 organisations were invited to apply for the next round of the 12 month grant that will run from 1 April 2020.

Organisations could apply for up to £40,000 for their recovery projects.

The five successful organisations are:

A-Spire Right: Chesterfield Football Club Community Trust – Participants can take part in an eight week programme of physical activities and related theory aiming to build confidence and self-esteem

Rhubarb Recovery - Rhubarb Farm provides volunteering and training opportunities on a horticultural social enterprise project with an opportunity to gain a paid position at the farm via their micro-job scheme. Activities include gardening, training opportunities on site and relationship building.

Growing Lives: Derventio Charitable Trust - Provide mentoring support, gardening, furniture recycling, cookery, arts and crafts. People will be signposted to learning and job opportunities and will be taught to produce healthy meals.

RISE: The Zink Project - The project provides work coaching to people in recovery from drug or alcohol dependence to improve physical and emotional health as well as take part in work experience and help into employment. Participants have the opportunity of undertaking a ‘micro-job’ for which they will be paid and gain work experience.

The Derbyshire Veterans Group Recovery and Wellbeing Hub - To provide a ‘Veterans Hub’ within the Chesterfield area where ex armed forces personnel and their families can get support around their substance misuse, signposting and advice around other health and welfare issues.

Recovery groups and organisations got together to celebrate the work being carried out as part of a celebration event in November.

Groups from across Derbyshire came together to share success stories, swap ideas and build partnerships.

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