Fire chiefs award cash grant to help recovering addicts in Barnsley

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Fire chiefs have donated £15,000 to help those recovering from drug and alcohol addictions in Barnsley.

Phoenix Futures has been awarded the cash to encourage recovering addicts to live more independent lives and make safer choices.

The funding is being used to provide sessions over the next two years at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham, where people will be taught about fire and personal safety.

The money was donated from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority’s funding scheme, the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve.

Dozens of registered charities and community organisations applied for grants from the £2 million fund.

Groups were able to bid for as little as £5,000 or as much as £250,000 to support projects which reduce injuries, save lives and make South Yorkshire safer.

Fire Authority chairman, Councillor Jim Andrews said: “There was a definite gap in the safety advice offered to people recovering from drug and alcohol problems.

“By working with Phoenix Futures which specializes in delivering education and information to these vulnerable groups, this project gives us a real opportunity to change that.”