£10,000 grant for substance misuse group

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An organisation that works with people suffering from drug and alcohol misuse along with their families and carers, has secured £10,000 of funding.

Escape Family Support have been awarded the money as part of the Coalfields Community Grants programme delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The successful application means that the Blyth-based organisation has secured the largest grant available from the programme, which will be used to contribute towards the salary of a retail manger and training coordinator working for 30 hours per week over the next year.

This additional resource will mean that Escape can extend the number of service users that it engages with throughout Northumberland, allowing the organisation to work with local families to make a real and lasting difference to people who live with substance misuse.

Chief executive, Janet Murphy, said: “This money will make a huge difference to us and more importantly the people that we work with.

“Escape is about bringing families together to educate and support.

“Changing behaviours can take time but we are committed to making a positive difference and to giving people the chance to turn their lives around.”

“We would like to thank the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for recognising the value in the services that we deliver.”

Head of operations for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock said: “Without organisations like Escape Family Support people who are in desperate need of help would be ignored.

“We can’t just turn our back on people. Not only does the work that they do have an impact on the families that they directly engage with but also on the wider community.”