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Award helps Warwickshire to build a recovery community

ESH PHE AWARDA Warwickshire substance misuse support service has secured funding to establish a community recovery property for people overcoming drug and alcohol problems. Leamington Spa based social enterprise ESH Works Ltd founded four years ago by three recovering addicts have been awarded a capital grant of £155,000 from Public Health England (PHE) to develop the service.

The funding will be used to assist in the purchase of a ‘clean house’ property for people in their early days of ‘recovery’ helping with their reintegration into the community. The drug and alcohol free clean house will operate a zero tolerance principle for anyone found using or bringing drugs or alcohol onto the premises.

Over 200 drugs and alcohol community support organisations put in bids for a share of the £10 million central funding made available by Public Health England (PHE) to help establish recovery communities around the UK. The funding was specifically targeted towards organisations that provide peer led support.

The grant award recognises the contribution and the impact that ESH Works have already made in the community providing peer led support to people with substance misuse issues including the families and friends of those individuals.

Paul Urmston, Chief Executive of ESH Works said:

“This award has followed on very quickly from the previous Santander Enterprise Development Award that we received in January.

“This moves ESH Works another step closer to making the first peer supported clean house in Warwickshire a reality. It’s fantastic to see that the government are actively supporting recovery communities and endorsing the philosophy that the power of one addict helping another is without parallel in a person’s recovery.”

ESH Works is commissioned by Warwickshire County Council to provide support services to Warwickshire residents. Will Johnston, the council’s Commissioning Manager for Substance Misuse said:

“This award from PHE supports Warwickshire’s focus on establishing Recovery Communities and recognises the importance of peer led activity and the support ESH Works provide.

“We took an initiative to commission the ESH Works peer led service two years ago and it’s proved to be incredibly successful.”

ESH Works has a team of volunteers who are able to pass on their own personal experience of addiction to other people who are currently in the same position as they once were.

ESH Works were one of the 67 successful organisations who received a grant in the UK. This latest capital grant and the previous award from Santander along with the local funding support from the Warwickshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team will make a significant difference to the ‘Building Recovery Communities’ initiative in Warwickshire.

PHOTO: Will Johnston (Commissioning Manager Substance Misuse in Warwickshire) and ESH Works Chief Executive Paul Urmston at the ESH Works location in Leamington Spa.

For further information please contact ESH Works.

Email: info@eshworks.org

Web: http://www.eshworks.org

Telephone: 01926 889356

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