Drug charity marks tenth anniversary

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A UNIQUE project set up in Barnsley after a young man died of a drugs overdose is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The Barnsley Churches Drugs Project helps people suffering from drug or alcohol addictions and assists the homeless by providing hot meals, clothes and support.

It is run by a team of 36 volunteers and one part-time employee and opens three times a week on John Street in Barnsley.

The helpers give out food parcels and donated clothing and bedding and offer comfort to clients.

The project was set up after a young man died of an overdose in Barnsley, shocking the community but spurring it into action.

The scheme has gone from strength to strength and now helps 80 people a session.

Coordinator Caroline Hyde said: “We provide food and nourishment that they either wouldn’t get or wouldn’t think to get otherwise.

“We are making a difference. We know that some past service users are now in employment.”

The project relies on funding, donations and its own fundraising.

Caroline said: “We have a year’s worth of funding left but we are running out of funds to apply for and we are anxious we won’t be able to continue without more help.”

She is still hoping to set up an employment service, where clients can access to computers to look for jobs and get help with CVs and seek accommodation.