Drug cen­tre is un­der threat as fund­ing pulled

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ADRUG re­cov­ery ser­vice has had its fund­ing pulled by the coun­cil.

The Cheshire East Sub­stance Re­cov­ery cen­tre run by Adul­lam Hous­ing on Mill Lane, Mac­cles­field, pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion for peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

There is a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to all sub­stances and other ser­vices are of­fered to try and get peo­ple back on their feet, with eight peo­ple cur­rently liv­ing at the cen­tre.

But its fu­ture is un­cer­tain af­ter Cheshire East coun­cil de­cided to stop pay­ing the £48,000 a year to keep it run­ning.

Caro­line Walker, speak- ing on be­half of Adul­lam, say it’s un­clear now if the ser­vice will be able to con­tinue, but is in talks with the coun­cil to try and save it.

She said: “This ser­vice is staffed by ded­i­cated and car­ing pro­fes­sion­als who sup­port res­i­dents to­wards in­de­pen­dent liv­ing with great suc­cess.

“Al­though Cheshire East is not re­new­ing its con­tract due to un­re­lated bud­get cuts in the bor­ough, we are con­fi­dent that al­ter­na­tive fund­ing will be found to en­able this valu­able and suc­cess­ful ser­vice to con­tinue its work.”

In a study last year, bosses at Adul­lam es­ti­mated the ser­vice saves emer­gency ser­vices mil­lions of pounds by get­ting peo­ple the help they need and re­liev­ing the pres­sure on emer­gency health­care and po­lice time.

They es­ti­mated one man re­ferred to Adul­lam had cost ser­vices more than £500,000 in one year. This in­cluded 88 po­lice in­ci­dents, three hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions, 46 am­bu­lance call outs and 10 walk-in vis­its to A&E.

The ser­vice is the lat­est in a string of char­i­ties pro- vid­ing ser­vices in Mac­cles­field to have fund­ing stopped by the coun­cil, in­clud­ing the Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau, Dis­abil­ity In­for­ma­tion Bureau and Mac­cles­field Live At Home.

Each of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions has had grants from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil for the short term.

A Cheshire East Coun­cil spokesman said: “Adul­lam has pro­vided vi­tal drug and al­co­hol ser­vices as a short-term pro­vi­sion while the Cheshire East Pub­lic Health Team pro­cured new con­tracts.

“New providers are now meet­ing re­quire­ments and no ser­vices have been cut. All those who were be­ing sup­ported by Adul­lam and who still re­quire ser­vices will be sup­ported by other providers.”

‘We are con­fi­dent al­ter­na­tive fund­ing will be found’

●● Chris Leese in a scene from the rap video Land­line, one of the songs on the al­bum. With him is ‘Lit­tle Chris’ – his nephew Oliver, 12

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