Homes offer lifeline in battle against addiction
Wiltshire Council has opened a pioneering centre for residents who are in treatment for, or recovering from, substance misuse. Rothermere, in Trowbridge, is the first place in Wiltshire to combine supported housing with treatment facilities.
This integrated unit allows client access to the help they need in one place, including advice on health and finding work. The residential flat features five single bedrooms, with a shared kitchen and bathroom.
Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, said: "We are very proud of this centre which will offer protection, safety and a helping hand to individuals who are getting their lives back on track.
"Our substance misuse supported housing units offer an enormous contribution to the lives of residents, giving hope and help when it is most needed.
"Wiltshire Council is committed to protecting vulnerable members of the community and Rothermere is a brilliant example of how this is being implemented. Effective partnership working with multiple stakeholders has made this project such a success."
Rothermere forms part of IMPACT, the Swindon and Wiltshire Active Recovery Service, run by Turning Point, which launched on 3 April. The service will focus on prevention, accessibility, collaboration with partners and treatment to try to reduce substance misuse across Wiltshire and Swindon and support those who need it. The model will invest in outreach work to combat the rural challenges of Wiltshire.
Natalie Travis from Turning Point, the health and social care provider which is running the treatment service at the centre, said:"The new IMPACT Active Recovery Service covers Wiltshire and Swindon with hubs in Salisbury, Swindon and Rothermere in Trowbridge. Groups and sessions also take place in a range of community venues such as GP surgeries and community centres.
"Our new location at Rothermere enables us to deliver more joined-up services for people in recovery particularly those with the most complex needs. We are particularly excited about working with The Nelson Trust to make the service as accessible as possible for women with drug and alcohol issues.
"We are already experiencing the benefit of multiple organisations working together under one roof."
The Swindon and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner has helped fund IMPACT, and is a firm supporter of the Rothermere project.
PCC Angus Macpherson said: "Addiction to drugs and alcohol can have a devastating impact on both the users and their loved ones and lead to crime and anti-social behaviour, adding to the demands made on police and the courts.
"I am proud to have joined with our council partners to commission Turning Point to provide the new IMPACT service to help people to overcome their addictions. The hubs in Trowbridge, Swindon and Salisbury will offer a real chance of recovery for service users across the county.
"The Trowbridge hub offers an imaginative mix of treatment and supported living to aid recovery. I wish the team there every success."
Peter Denning, chief executive of Julian House, the homeless charity which is managing the flats at Rothermere, said: "We are delighted to be involved in support of Rothermere.
"The combination of services working together to support clients is a great example of partnership working and will provide a much needed facility in Wiltshire.
"It is great to see a forgotten building in Trowbridge having a new purpose with a high quality refurbishment. Wiltshire Council have done a great job of bringing everything together ready to provide a supportive and life-changing environment."
Ian Keasey, health and wellbeing programme manager at Public Health England, said: "PHE is pleased to support Rothermere and to see the launch of this new facility which was funded by a PHE capital grant.
"We welcome the opportunity to come together with a range of organisations in a bespoke hub to support people suffering issues with alcohol and drugs, and give them the opportunity to overcome their problems and sustain recovery."
The centre was officially opened by Cllr Wickham at a plaque-unveiling ceremony.