Wolverhampton’s vulnerable families to get alcohol hub
Wolverhampton Council has received £116,000 from Public Health England’s Capital Fund to develop a specialised unit to assist families coping with alcohol-related problems in the city. The funds will be used to create the alcohol hub in a facility owned by Recovery Near You, a regional drug and alcohol treatment provider.
Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said that the council was pleased to receive the financial assistance, as it will help “to further improve facilities and access to treatment and recovery services in Wolverhampton for families who are experiencing alcohol dependency.”
The project in Wolverhampton is one of 23 alcohol treatment facilities that have received part of the £6m allocated for these services across the country. The new hub will be in the Thornhurst building on Connaught Road, providing help to parents and their children. The facility will support those with alcohol-related problems to get the help they need in a ‘home-from-home’ atmosphere. The treatment centre will offer activities for the whole family, including gardening, exercise, games, a multi-sensory playroom, a cinema, and dining and cooking facilities. A community kitchen will also be available to train people to provide catering services for events and meetings. There are about 34,000 parents throughout the UK receiving treatment for alcohol-related problems, and around 50% have children living with them. An estimated 120,000 parents are experiencing alcohol-related problems, and they have an estimated 200,000 children at home with them.