Drug and alcohol recovery scheme launched today

A new service to help vulnerable people find a home while aiding their recovery from drug and alcohol problems has been launched in Sheffield today.

Housing charity, Shelter, will aim to provide practical support in the form of education, employment training and improving independent living skills.

The Citywide Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Recovery Service has been commissioned by Sheffield City Council and will work with different treatment services and recovery groups across the city.

The charity understands the need for complex support services as many of the people set to benefit from the scheme may have experienced domestic abuse or other earlier trauma.

Shelter hub manager, Tracey Nathan, said the charity is keen to support people during and after their treatment.

She added: “Our experience in Sheffield shows time and again that having a stable, safe home is key for everything else in life to work.”

The project will include four paid traineeships with Shelter for people who have previously benefited from their services, with a view to permanent employment.

Shelter wants to involve people who have experienced the challenges of alcohol and drug misuse first hand to bridge the gap between the families they help and the services they access.

Coun Chris Peace, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said the new service is in line with the vision set out in the council’s Sheffield Drug Strategy from July 2018.

For more information visit: https://england.shelter.org.uk/