Public health grant will provide new alcohol recovery centre

Published on 01 March 2016

PLANS to create an alcohol recovery centre in Leicester have been boosted by a £267,000 grant from Public Health England.

Leicester City Council and Inclusion Healthcare bid for the grant, which will be used to try to change the lifestyles of Leicester’s most high-risk and dependent street drinkers.

The money will pay for the creation of an alcohol recovery centre, which will house a range of  daily activities and services to help drinkers improve their physical and mental health, and learn new skills.

Services offered will be built around recommendations made by Alcohol Concern’s national Blue Light project, which offers alternative approaches to working with treatment resistant drinkers.

Supported by Public Health England (PHE) and 23 other local authorities, the Blue Light project concentrates on higher risk drinkers who place a significant burden on public services.

PHE estimates that in an average area, there are around 450 high-risk, treatment-resistant drinkers, who will cost public services a minimum of £12.5 million a year.

Cllr Abdul Osman, asst city mayor responsible for public health said: “This is very good news. By working closely with Inclusion Healthcare we will be able to use this funding to offer a new approach to helping people who have not responded to traditional methods of treatment in the past.”

Cllr Rory Palmer, Leicester’s asst city mayor for adult social care, health integration and welllbeing said: “This funding will enable us to develop fit for purpose premises where people can get the full range of services they need.

“The grant will ensure we can provide an environment where we can put into practice new ways of working which will increase the likelihood of change and recovery for people with very complex needs.”

The council currently provides a support service from the Anchor Centre on Dover Street, but alternative options are currently under development.

Inclusion Healthcare is a social enterprise that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of homeless people and other groups on the edge of society by working in partnership with others to provide high-quality healthcare.


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