Grant boost for team tackling Doncaster drug addiction

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A SCHEME that helps Doncaster people overcome drug and alcohol problems has secured further finance thanks to its impressive results.

More than 100 people are currently being supported through the Moving On project run by Doncaster West Development Trust in Conisbrough and the service is now safe until next March thanks to funding from the Doncaster Drug Strategy Unit.

Earlier this year DSU also financed an additional part-time post for the borough-wide programme which has now been made full-time, to meet rising demand with funding from The Garage Community Drugs team in Doncaster.

Support workers Rob Keane and Andrea Powell have helped numerous people tackle substance dependency, find volunteer posts and enrol on training courses, paving the way towards improving their well-being and job prospects.

They have also beaten targets for helping clients to find employment.

Rob said: “It’s fantastic to be working with DSU which is very supportive and completely understands the need for this service and the difference it makes.

“Getting people into jobs and training is a very important part of what we do but encouraging self-esteem, motivation and a sense of purpose in life are just as worthwhile and can often be the start of better things.”

Moving On focuses on one-to-one support tailored to individual needs, and also operates on an outreach basis to give people every chance of accessing practical help.

Activities such as walking or bike-riding have also proved beneficial to clients who may rarely socialise or leave their homes putting them at risk of isolation and relapse. A small budget is available for activities but resources are limited.

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