Kirklees awarded contract to help people with drug and alcohol problems

Lifeline

Lifeline

Following a robust and thorough procurement process, we can announce that our Lifeline Project has been awarded £4.5m per year, for 3 years from 1 April 2016, to support people who want to address their drug and alcohol problems living in our area.

Funding includes a contribution from the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Our service will provide support for people over 18, including those who are homeless and have mental health concerns. Support is also available to those experiencing parenting or family issues due to drug and alcohol misuse.

Cllr Viv Kendrick, our cabinet member for Public Health and Adult Social Care said:

The support given is very much focused on prevention and recovery, with help given to those experiencing problems with drink and drugs throughout their journey. The specialist team work in partnership with many services including housing and benefits to ensure they are giving people the very best help and advice possible.’

Drug misuse and drinking too much affects many people and their families. It is often at the heart of family breakdown, and people need to know that they can get help and support to recover and get their lives back on track, not just for them, but also their loved ones – it’s never to late. To find out more about the support available call Lifeline on 01484 353333 or speak to your doctor.

People can also find out more about drinking responsibly by visiting www.alcoholconcern.org.uk. Not only will this lead to a healthier lifestyle and better relationships, it will also reduce the future demand on our health and social care services. ”

Andrea Whitney, Lifeline, said:

We are thrilled to be continuing our work with partners, improving recovery, health and social outcomes for those affected by substance misuse. We will be ever more ambitious on behalf of Kirklees Public Health to increase access to support, information and mutual aid. Our focus will include access to employment and community activity such as volunteering, so people sustain healthier lives. We will also contribute to increasing demand for information on so called ‘legal highs’ and be responsive to the changes in drug and alcohol use across the area. We are very determined that our value be felt across the whole community.”

The service will continue to operate in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. From mid-May, Lifeline will be open evenings and weekends.

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