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Tilly Flat Futures

 

 

Amount requested: £5,000

Tilly Flat Futures

Addiction and substance misuse are problems that can affect individuals from any background, any race, any culture, any gender or any age.  Addiction has no boundaries.  It doesn’t matter how educated or wealthy you are.  Addiction doesn’t care about wealth or education.  It doesn’t care whether you are homeless or live in the most affluent area of town.  Addiction does not differentiate.

Breaking out of the addiction cycle can however be harder where poverty is an issue.  Rehabilitation services are few and far between, and often prohibitively expensive.  Mental health services are overstretched and scarce, and waiting lists are at an all-time high.

While physical addiction and detoxification may be dealt with through appropriate medication the psychological dependency is much harder to break.   Psychological dependency is the most difficult and complex part of any addiction and without adequate, professional support it can be almost impossible for those struggling with these issues to move forward.

We have previously run a pilot counselling scheme which was a great success and are keen to tailor this to assist those battling addiction in the area.  We have met with a hugely experienced addiction counsellor who is keen to work with us in providing vital support through counselling sessions and group work.  This will benefit those who participate, their families, friends and the wider community.  We hope that some of those who benefit may be able to assist with informal peer to peer support going forward so that there is always someone who understands and who will listen.

The Tilly Flat is well situated to provide this, having the space and the trust of many local residents who may not be comfortable engaging with support services outside of the area.  If our proposal succeeds in securing funding, we will be able to fund an experienced counsellor who will support those struggling with addiction to a hopefully brighter future.  There will also be an opportunity for myself and Sarah to have some on the job training to enable us to better support those who may need it.

We see this as a much needed service for the area, especially after the past year where the pandemic has caused a backlog in face to face appointments and person focused support.  Lower levels of addiction and substance misuse mean a healthier, safer community for everyone.

 Thank you for considering our application.