FYLDE coast drink and drug addicts are set to be given a helping hand thanks to two new substance misuse projects.
Teams made up of people from Fleetwood, Lytham and St Annes competed in a football tournament organised by Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Action Team (LDAAT) to launch two projects they have developed for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Substance abusers from across the Fylde coast are set to benefit from the new projects – DRIVE (delivering recovery in volunteering environments) and BRiC (building recovery in communities).
Both schemes aim to help integrate people undergoing treatment back into their local communities.
Stuart Nevin, DRIVE worker for North Lancashire, said: “It was a great event to build new contacts within local community groups.
“I went through treatment at J2R, LDAAT’s treatment service in North Lancashire, just like some of the football team did.
“It changed my life as someone believed in me, which was awesome and life changing. I felt inspired and have embraced everything which has been offered to me since.
“Now I can give something back to my local community through my work in the DRIVE role, which I am really enjoying.”
Drug and alcohol addicts, staff from LDAAT and treatment providers including Fleetwood-based J2R went head-to-head in the tournament held in Preston.
Teams from Lancaster and Morecambe took first and second place and were presented with trophies by Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Paul Woodruff, and Mayor of Preston, Coun Bobby Cartwright..
Tom Woodcock, strategic director of LDAAT, said: “LDAAT is leading the way in modern, recovery-based drug and alcohol services.
“Research suggests recovery from substance misuse is more likely to be successful and sustainable if it is combined with activities such as volunteering, education, sport, employment and coupled with better relationships and support networks.”
LDAAT has funded four DRIVE workers who will be employed through the Council for Voluntary Services in Lancashire.
One BRiC worker will deliver volunteering and recovery projects in each of LDAAT’s local treatment services, including J2R. For more information visit www.ldaat.org.uk.