Addiction and lack of education are two of the root causes of poverty, as identified by the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank whose aim is to inform government policy to tackle these root causes.  We have recently been chosen as finalists in their 2021 Awards, in recognition of our work to combat these.

A key focus for the charity has always been supporting our beneficiaries to regain their independence and be able to successfully leave services and integrate back into the community.  People achieve this by laying a strong foundation for their recovery, developing their life skills and pursuing a pathway of learning, education and volunteering.  For some this leads to paid employment.  We embed opportunities to develop these skills into all our services, and can see the often dramatic progress which these lead to for our beneficiaries.

We’re proud that we have got this far in the process, and if nothing else, being a finalist means that we are now part of the CSJ’s alliance of grassroots and frontline charities, with whom they consult to give an up-to-date picture of what is happening to government policy makers.  This is an exciting opportunity for us to influence those in power for the benefit of people struggling  to escape addiction.

Louise Jarvis, the Regional Alliance Manager, gave us this message:

This is always a highly competitive process and 2021 was no exception. This year we adapted our awards categories, having to reduce the number of categories; this has made for an even more competitive process. To be shortlisted is therefore a great achievement and we want to acknowledge that you have been recognised as doing great work and are having a real impact on the communities you work with. Well done.

The winners will be announced in June 2021.  Find out more about our education and employment services here.

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