PATCHED Team Leader Short-listed for Community Award
Alison Ede, team leader of PATCHED, a support service for families affected by substance misuse, has been short-listed for a Sussex community award. The annual Argus Achievement Awards recognise ‘unsung heroes’ who deserve public recognition for their selfless work in the local community. Alison has been short-listed for Angel of the Year, an award for someone in a caring profession who has made a real difference to other people’s lives.
Alison founded PATCHED in 1998 whilst working as a volunteer for CRI. With funding from Brighton & Hove Communities Against Drugs, the project has grown from a small self-help group run by three volunteers to a substantial support service with 17 volunteer counsellors, five volunteers and four staff.
The project provides confidential support services to the families and friends of people affected by someone else’s substance misuse. These services include information and advice, counselling, a telephone helpline and support groups.
"I am delighted to have been put forward for this award which will help raise awareness of our work with local families," said Alison. “PATCHED’s success is due to the hard work and commitment of staff and the many volunteers who have given us their time and expertise over the years. Their dedication has enabled us to help many hundreds of people who have suffered as a result of drugs and alcohol. The whole team are integral to PATCHED’s success and I’m truly blessed to work with people who share the same belief and vision.”
John Patience, Communities and Partnerships Manager at Brighton and Hove DAAT, nominated Alison for the award: "Alison dedicates her life to supporting families whose lives are damaged by a family member’s drug or alcohol misuse. I have heard numerous stories from families for whom Alison’s unassuming and gentle approach has been the starting point on a journey to recovery. Working with family members in such crisis is not glamorous, or held in particularly high regard by many in society, but I know of no-one who so consistently manages to transform lives and create hope. Alison is an inspiration and should be recognised for her dedication."
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Brighton on October 2nd.