Wigan Borough's new drug and alcohol recovery service

Wigan Borough's new drug and alcohol recovery service

A national charity will take the reins on Wigan Borough’s drug and alcohol recovery programme next year in a bid to make services even more visible and available in local areas.

Addaction, a service supporting people of all ages to make positive behavioural changes has been awarded a five-year contract by Wigan Council to deliver all drug and alcohol services across the borough.

It is the first time that adult and young people’s services will be integrated, which will provide a smoother recovery journey, especially those transitioning into adulthood.

Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council said: “We understand that the recovery process is different for everybody and can also be extremely sensitive, so we want to work with Addaction to provide a bespoke plan for service users based on goals individuals set for themselves.

“This is an exciting new partnership, which will build on the existing successes of our current drug and alcohol recovery programme and will put a larger focus on early help, prevention and self-reliance.

“We are innovative and flexible in our approaches and value community knowledge. In addition to providing our own services, we are proud to support a number of local groups with our Deal for Communities Investment Fund, such as Greenslate Farm in Orrell, who also help bring recovering individuals back into society by giving them skills and routine.”

The current main bases in Wigan (Coops) and Leigh (Kennedy House) will remain and there will be dedicated officers in each of the seven service delivery footprint areas who will work within the community to truly understand residents’ needs. 

Siobhan Peters, service manager at Addaction said: “We are very happy to have been awarded this contract and are committed to working with Wigan Council to support people with their recovery.

“Although we have a thorough understanding of the borough’s needs as a result of our work within the current service delivery model, we are keen to deepen this understanding through our community orientated approach.”

Wigan Council is leading the way with its drug and alcohol recovery service by working with primary care providers and communities to combat addiction to all drugs, including over the counter medication.

Find more information about Addaction.

Posted on Tuesday 12th December 2017

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