Charity looks for funding support

The Susan Kennedy Centre, in Ashington, which is home to ESCAPE Family Support.
The Susan Kennedy Centre, in Ashington, which is home to ESCAPE Family Support.

A charity supporting families of substance users is appealing for funding help to keep their service running.

ESCAPE’s Family Support Project provides the only specialist provision for carers and families of substance users throughout Northumberland.

Officials work to reduce the impact of substance misuse and improve the health, wellbeing and safety of individuals, families and the local community to enable those affected by addiction and other risky behaviours to access recovery and realise their full potential.

But unfortunately changes to the way the charity can bid for services and funding, and a drop in turnover, have affected the organisation.

The Trustees have made some bold strategic decisions in the last year to ensure the core funding difficulties the charity is experiencing are minimised moving into next year, including selling their former headquarters at Emily Davison House to stay in profit.

The charity, whose headquarters are now at The Susan Kennedy Centre in Ashington with a base in Blyth, saw founder and chief executive Janet Murphy take redundancy to save on her wages, becoming a full time volunteer instead.

A spokesman said: “We are keen to protect the services which are currently being delivered by ESCAPE Family Support but we can only do this if we are able to raise significant funds through our fund-raising initiative.”

To make a donation to ESCAPE, visit www.localgiving.org/escapefamilysupport