Archive for June, 2011

Parents of children with drink or drug problems offered help

Posted on Thursday 30th June 2011 at 10:31 pm by SH (Editor)

People in Filton and Patchway who have a child, partner or relative with drink or drug problems can get help from a new local service.

The West Country-based charity Developing Health and Independence (DHI) is running a support group and one-to-one counselling sessions for local families.

The support group, called Families Also Matter, meets at the Sure Start Centre in Epney Close, Patchway, on Thursday evenings, and the counselling is held on Thursday and Friday at the Patchway Clinic in Thirlmere Road.

Anyone who wishes to take part should contact Esther Harris, Service Coordinator, at Families Also Matter, on 01454 868 750; Freephone 0800 0733011.

“The trauma that parents can go through when their child has problems with drink or drugs can be enormous,”

said Ms Harris.

“It’s very important that we can offer people help locally so that it’s easy to get to meetings and people can meet outside of groups if they wish.”


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Residents celebrate launch of new youth housing scheme

Posted on Thursday 30th June 2011 at 7:34 am by SH (Editor)
Charles England House, Patchway, Bristol

Charles England House, Patchway, Bristol

Young residents at a new youth housing scheme in Rodway Road, Patchway, celebrated its official launch by hosting an open day on Monday (27th June).

Neighbours, local councillors, and support providers were invited to have a look around Charles England House to see how it’s helping young homeless residents to live independently. The scheme provides temporary accommodation to young people and support to help them find a new home. It’s run as a partnership between Merlin Housing Society, South Gloucestershire Council, and County Community Projects (CCP).

CCP Operations Manager Gareth Edwards, said:

“We wanted to hold an open day to showcase the work we do and highlight the importance of this valuable service. The residents have been really hands-on with the event. They designed the invitations, organised the refreshments, talked to guests and showed them around the scheme. We’re all very proud of their input.”

Youth Scheme Housing Manager, Anita Cuddihy, said:

“When a resident arrives at the scheme we assess their needs and support them with an aim to helping them find a more permanent home. They will also be put in touch with organisations offering any training or support they need. We’re confident that the scheme will help reduce the numbers of young homeless people in South Gloucestershire.”


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