Hartlepool to get £400k centre to help people tackle drug and alcohol problems

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A NEW £400,000 centre to help people bounce back from problems with drugs and alcohol is to be created in Hartlepool.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £200,000 grant to Hartlepool Borough Council from Government health chiefs.

Voluntary organisation Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC) is matching the cash boost.

The scheme, called Hartlepool Building Recovery in Communities, will create a drug and alcohol recovery hub in a central location.

As well as helping people to conquer their problems the centre will also include a cafe which will be run as a social enterprise where people in recovery can help out and work.

Danny Glew, DISC’s Director of Operations, said: “The grant from Public Health England is excellent news.

“It will enable us to give even more help and support to people in Hartlepool who are doing their best to overcome alcohol or drug issues.

“The centre will provide a wide range of activities, support and encouragement to the people who use our services to get their lives back on track and help them back into community life.”

It has not yet been decided where the new centre will be located, but it is expected to be up and running within the next 12 months.

Other activities it is set to provide to help on the road to recovery include employment training, education initiatives and peer mentoring.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, who is also chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “We are delighted that DISC has received this funding.

“The new centre will create a long-term legacy, dispelling a lot of the myths around drug and alcohol treatment, and providing a host of opportunities for people in recovery to regain and full and active place in the local community.”

The Public Health England grant is part of an £826,000 investment for recovery services in the North-East.

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

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