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Funding awarded to Hull ReNew service to help those affected by alcohol

Funding awarded to Hull ReNew service to help those affected by alcohol

24 April 2019

Efforts in Hull to increase the numbers of people with alcohol problems who are accessing free support have received a boost following a funding award from Public Health England.

The Hull ReNew service has been awarded a share of a £6 million capital fund administered by Public Health England and designed to enable service providers and local authorities to increase access to alcohol treatment, with a focus on helping parents and rough sleepers.

Hull ReNew and Hull City Council has been handed £133,140 by Public Health England, which will be used in Hull to refurbish a Bransholme-based alcohol hub. Improvements to the existing hub will focus on those who receive support there from service provider ReNew for their own alcohol problems, as well as their families. The building will be made more family-friendly, enabling family sessions to be held there. Group spaces as well as clinical facilities will undergo refurbishment. A mobile health and wellbeing van which delivers assessments and treatment across the city will also receive an upgrade, while further funding provide GP surgeries with specialist equipment.

In total, 23 projects across the country have been awarded funds by Public Health England following a call for bids earlier this year.

Carlie Dunn, Project Manager for Change Grow Live, said:

“We are extremely happy and excited to hear the news that we have been awarded this funding to support the delivery of our alcohol offer within Hull.

“This will enable us to extend our provision across the community and work with partnership agencies to support more people with harmful and hazardous drinking levels and more at-risk and vulnerable members of the community.”

Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health at Hull City Council, said:

“A lot of work and research went into the bid and we’re very pleased to have been successful in securing this funding. The work at the hub with people who have alcohol problems and their families is crucial – recovery isn’t just about treating the individual, their families and support networks are affected too.

“The treatment delivered isn’t about shaming or judging people in any way. The aim is simply to support people to get better by working with them and their loved ones and providing the help they need.”

Commenting on the overall package of funding awarded by Public Health England to this and other projects across the country, Steve Brine, Public Health Minister, said:

“We are determined to protect the most vulnerable in society from harm that can be caused by alcohol addiction and abuse. That’s why I’m pleased to be awarding these government funded grants today, which will fund innovative, locally led solutions to alcohol addiction up and down the country.

“This work will make a real difference to those most at risk - from people sleeping rough on our streets, to the thousands of children affected by their parents’ alcohol problems.”