Addiction Support Services will share £25m funding from the Scottish Government


Nearly 80 projects working with people affected by drug use are to share more than £25million in funding, the Scottish government has announced.

Over £6 million in grants have been awarded to 16 organizations that provide residential rehabilitation and pre and post rehabilitation support to enable them to improve their services.

These include the charity Teen Challenge UK, which supports young drug and alcohol addicts.

A prize of nearly £800,000 will be used to improve and increase the capacity of the charity’s Sunnybrae and Benaiah rehabilitation centers in Aberdeenshire by increasing staff and carrying out refurbishment work.

Gordon Cruden, Regional Director of Teen Challenge North East Scotland, said: “One of our main goals is to see every resident progress with positive personal life goals in the areas of home, career, stability financial and social network and this funding will help us. to help people get there.

Over £10million in funding has been awarded to 38 organizations that support people in their recovery, including WRASAC (Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre) Dundee & Angus Ltd, which will use the funding to create a women’s center in Dundee to support women with substance dependence and additional complex needs.

In addition, 23 projects working with children and families received funding of almost £9.5 million.

The 77 initiatives across the country will receive the awards over the next five years.

Drug Policy Minister Angela Constance said: “I am delighted that so many organizations doing valuable work across the country are benefiting from this latest round of funding from our Betterment Fund and the children and families.

“The grants awarded will allow the services to increase and improve the support offered to people with addictions and, of course, their families.

“Getting more people on to treatment that works for them is at the heart of our national mission and we continue to embed new Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) standards that reinforce a rights-based approach for people who use drugs. drugs and the treatment they should expect. whatever their situation.

“We are aiming to increase the number of publicly funded residential placements by more than 300% over the life of this Parliament and I recently announced a treatment target to increase the number of people suffering from problematic opioid use with access to community treatment.”


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