Double Impact Services, the drug and alcohol recovery charity, has been awarded £479,805 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to be used over a period of four years. The funding will support people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire with alcohol and drug issues.
It comes as welcome news to the charity, who have worked in the city and county for the past 17 years and have provided a lifeline for people throughout the pandemic through their online and telephone-based services.
Recovery Links Nottinghamshire
The new service, called ‘Recovery Links Nottinghamshire’ builds on this experience and offers a combination of web-based and telephone information and support, guided peer support groups and connections to community-based support. Recovery Links Nottinghamshire provides a remotely delivered, information and support service for the residents of the whole of Nottinghamshire from its physical base at the Double Impact building on St John Street, Mansfield.
As the new service develops, the aims of the project will develop, to include guided recovery groups, personal development training, volunteer training and pathways into work experience and employment.
Steve Youdell, Director of Operations for Recovery Links Nottinghamshire, said, “We are very excited that we can move forward with our plans for supporting people with alcohol and drug issues in Nottinghamshire. Last year, we were very fortunate to receive emergency funding, not only from the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport, which was distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, but also the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the Police & Crime Commissioner’s office. It has funded vital support for local people throughout the pandemic.
“The pandemic has had a big impact on people’s mental health and, unsurprisingly, using alcohol and other substances has been one way for many to cope. This new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund has meant that we could adapt our original plans for the new service in light of what we’ve learned over this past year. We believe that this new service will meet the increased demand for information and support."
How to access support
The Recovery Links Nottinghamshire help and information line can be accessed by calling 01623 272 838. The service is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Outside of these hours, please leave a message and the charity will get back to you as soon as possible.
If your organisation would like to find out more about the service or make a referral, please visit the charity's website.