Support for those recovering from addiction in Northwich

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Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) has awarded funding to a community church in Northwich which will establish a cafe to support those recovering from addiction as well as the wider community.

Life Church in Barnton has received a £1,000 grant from PCC David Keane to deliver a number of drop-in sessions which will take place throughout the week and enable people to seek support and reduce isolation.

The group will use the funds to purchase new equipment to make the space feel welcoming and safe and will offer light refreshments at minimal cost.

Whilst sessions will be open to the whole community, the group will target particular groups including those recovering from addiction, children and young people with emotional issues, the transgender community and those from deprived backgrounds.

The café will provide a welcoming environment run by community volunteers, where individuals can seek friendship and support.  Advocacy services and multi-agency resources will be available to support individual needs.

The local policing team from the Marbury ward will play an active role in the project by delivering presentations, engaging with attendees and offering guidance to those who seek reassurance or support, following their successful application to the commissioner’s Community Policing Fund. 

The Community Police Fund is a new fund which has been made available to all 122 policing communities in Cheshire. Community police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been working with local residents and organisations to develop bids of up-to £1,000 to fund projects which address local issues.

The fund has been developed using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002. It also links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable and PCSO for all 122 areas.

PCC David Keane said: “The coronavirus has presented an unprecedented crisis in our communities with more people struggling at home, alone.

“It’s fantastic to see a community organisation like the Life Church opening their doors to support vulnerable people. As lockdown restrictions ease in the coming months, it’s important to remember we need to remain safe and take necessary precautions but it’s also important to reconnect.

“There are so many people out in our communities who are struggling to cope and projects like this give us all hope that things can improve and things will get better.”
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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