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Change Grow Live awarded share of innovation fund for three of our alcohol services

Change Grow Live awarded share of innovation fund for three of our alcohol services

4 December 2018

Three projects run by Change Grow Live, in partnership with local authorities, have been awarded a share of a new £4.5 million innovation fund to help improve the lives of children and adults impacted by alcohol, as was announced today (4 December).

The £4.5 million Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents Innovation Fund is provided by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and is managed by Public Health England (PHE).

The winning projects are part of local authority-commissioned schemes that have been selected for demonstrating a new and creative approach to reach and support families whose lives have been affected by alcohol, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Three of our projects in different areas were among those selected for funding from a total of 68 applications received by PHE from local authorities, who were asked in their proposals to set out how their innovative methods of work were having an impact on children and families and their plans for the future.

The three projects that will share in the funding awarded by PHE are:

  • Knowsley: training 1,000 professionals to identify potentially alcohol dependent parents, with the aim to see a 20% increase in the number of alcohol dependent parents accessing treatment over 12 months
  • St Helens: part of a multi-agency approach to supporting around 270 families each year on a range of programmes
  • West Sussex: providing pre-birth support to 50 families at high-risk of interventions from Children’s Social Care and therapeutic support to children and young people, alongside treatment for parents.

Commenting on the award, Mark Moody, Chief Executive of Change Grow Live, said:

“It’s our responsibility to give our teams, partners and other professionals the best chance to make sustainable change in people’s lives. This funding gives us an opportunity to do this, bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches.

Problems with alcohol can be devastating for adults and children, with all families deserving of the same opportunities in life. For some families, that can mean a charity like Change Grow Live being there at the right moment to offer help or support.

We originally welcomed this funding and are pleased to have been awarded a share. As with every project we have, we’re going to be finding ways to stretch every pound into a benefit for our service users. We’re looking forward to working with local authorities to help give children and families the best possible start in life.”