Double Impact has been awarded funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, to develop and adapt more online services for people recovering from addictions.
The funding will enable their recovery and educational pathway, The Academy, to be translated into an online platform, allowing people in recovery to continue to learn and study a range of courses online. Double Impact have already adapted much of their group support to an online format as a result of the coronavirus crisis, but beneficiaries were missing out on the educational aspect of The Academy, which enables participants to gain new skills and qualifications, and opens up volunteering, training and employment prospects.
Steve Youdell, Director of Operations at Double Impact said,
We are very pleased that we will have the resources to adapt more of our support to an online format, particularly as we are facing the prospect of a second wave of coronavirus.
One of the positive outcomes of the past few months is that having more online services has enabled us to engage with more people who perhaps would normally struggle to access face-to-face services because of health, childcare or other reasons, or who live in more remote areas.
We want our services to be as flexible as possible to enable access by as any people as possible, in the immediate future and in the longer-term.