Ad­dic­tion project boosted by trust do­na­tion

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A PROJECT of­fer­ing sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tion has re­ceived £15,000.

The He­brides Al­pha Project re­ceived the money as a first in­stal­ment of an an­nual £ 30,000 do­na­tion from wind farm char­ity Point and Sand­wick Trust (PST).

The char­ity, which has been run­ning since 2006, in­cor­po­rates an in-house re­cov­ery pro­gramme for up to six peo­ple at a time.

Shona Macleod, man­ager at the He­brides Al­pha Project, said they were ‘so grate­ful’ for the sup­port from Point and Sand­wick Trust, which will go to­wards salaries, ad­min­is­tra­tion and travel.

‘The money is so ap­pre­ci­ated,’ she said. ‘It is an in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion to this project and the wind farm trust re­ally is con­tribut­ing to peo­ple’s lives in this com­mu­nity.

‘The money has im­pacted very pos­i­tively and it means we can con­tinue to run the ser­vice and con­tinue to take res­i­dents in who have se­ri­ous al­co­hol and drug de­pen­den­cies in ad­di­tion to other psy­cho­log­i­cal and prac­ti­cal prob­lems.’

PST gen­eral man­ager Don­ald John MacSween said: ‘The Western Isles has one of the high­est in­ci­dents of al­co­hol and drug use in the UK and He­brides Al­pha is pro­vid­ing a much-needed re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vice, avail­able lo­cally for the first time.’

He­brides Al­pha Project ap­pre­ci­ates even small monthly do­na­tions. If any­one would like to sup­port the project, tele­phone 01851 820830.

Rev­erend Tommy MacNeil and Shona Macleod of the He­brides Al­pha Project with, from left to right, Point and Sand­wick Trust chair­man An­gus McCor­mack, vice chair­man Dun­can Mackay, de­vel­oper Calum Mac­don­ald and gen­eral man­ager Don­ald John MacSween.

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