The City of Wolverhampton Council has been successful in its bid for funding to enhance local services for people with alcohol problems and their families.

It has received £116,000 from Public Health England's Capital Fund to create a 'hub' providing help and support to parents and their children.

Public Health England says that, nationally, there are currently around 34,000 parents in treatment for alcohol problems, nearly half of whom live with children, while it is estimated that 120,000 parents with alcohol problems have 200,000 children living with them. 

The funding will enable the creation of a 'hub' at drug and alcohol treatment provider Recovery Near You’s Thornhurst building which will provide a range of multi agency support services and create a welcoming 'home away from home' for vulnerable families.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Evidence suggests our substance misuse services are among the most successful in the country in helping people recover, but there’s still much more we can and need to do.

“We therefore welcome this funding which will enable us to further improve facilities and access to treatment and recovery services in Wolverhampton for families who are experiencing alcohol dependency.

“As a council, we are really focused on supporting families, and this funding will help improve recovery rates in the context of the wider family group.

“The funds will be used to modernise key rooms within Thornhurst, turning it into a multi agency hub and enabling families with varying and complex needs to come together.

“It will be an accessible, modern and attractive place for families, offering dedicated arts, gardening, exercise, cinema, games, cooking and dining facilities and a multi-sensory play room, and become a home away from home for families when they need it.

“We will also be creating a commercial kitchen at Thornhurst to grow its small social enterprise for people who are receiving treatment, enabling them to learn new skills by providing a catering service for meetings and events.”

Wolverhampton’s is one of 23 projects nationally to receive a share of the £6 million capital fund awarded by Public Health England for 2019-20 to help make it easier for people with alcohol problems to access help.

Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco and Justice at Public Health England, said: “Alcohol misuse causes significant harm to society and can tear people’s lives apart. The outstanding range of exciting and innovative local projects that we are funding will make a real difference to communities across the country, with an important focus on helping those that are most vulnerable in our society. 

“We want to encourage more people, particularly parents and people sleeping rough, to access treatment by making facilities more suitable for their needs and removing the stigma around receiving treatment.”