A drug and alcohol treatment charity has launched a brand new community hub in St Helens, allowing locals to connect with each other as well as access crucial support groups.
The new project, initiated by leading charity Addaction, will act as a support network, empowering service users and benefitting the local community.
Organisations involved in the new collaboration, being held at the Centurion Centre, include Helena Housing, Harmony Counselling, a local veterans group, and the Parish of St Marks.
St Helens Asda has donated £500 towards the project and Greggs are donating unsold bread, scones, donuts and pastries.
“Our aim as an organisation is to support our clients in the community,” said Emma Wiggins from Addaction St Helens.
“We aim to help them empower each other by using organisations. We’ll be setting up a networking base that provides clients and the community with on-going support.
“It is a safe, moving-on space for our clients so they have somewhere to go once they leave our service.”
She added: “Helena Housing [staff] have been attending Addaction for client drop-ins; now they’ll do this in the new café space, as well as run cooking courses.
“We’ve also discussed a job club. The hub kicked off this month and already there is a buzz in the air for what can potentially be done.
“Our service users are excited that we can use this hall for all sorts of events and groups. It will bring us all together.”