Awarded £45,000 to buy a minibus
The group was set up in 2012 to provide a support and recovery programme for people who are drug and/or alcohol dependent. As well as providing help and advice about benefits, training and work, the group also offers a range of support options to help clients with their recovery so that they can live productive and fulfilling lives in the community. The majority of the group’s work is recovery based. Many of the volunteers who work there have had their own experiences of addiction and come through them.
What was needed
A number of service users struggled to access the services on offer because of the semi-rural nature of the borough – it can take up to an hour to reach the service by public transport. Those who used the service were also limited to the activities on offer at the centre itself.
Having transport to take clients to outside locations would widen the social, health and wellbeing opportunities on offer to them and benefit their mental and physical health. It would also help the service to reach out to clients who struggle to attend.
What the Pride funding has meant to them
Telford After Care Team (TACT) now has its own minibus. Since buying the minibus, the service has taken clients on regular outings, including weekly health walks in the surrounding countryside, day trips to Ironbridge, Barmouth, RAF Cosford and local points of interest as well as the National Recovery Walk in Durham and out fishing.
The team that runs the centre, including the volunteers, have been able to visit other service groups in the region to learn new ideas and skills that are enhancing the way they work in Telford. They now offer drop in sessions in local health and community facilities so that they reach even more people and have been able to do more with schools around their prevention programme. In addition the minibus has been loaned out to other community groups, including local churches and carers’ groups, so that others in the community are benefitting.
Director Robert Eyers said: “Having the minibus has meant that TACT now offers easier access to recovery for its clients and also benefits the local community. It has increased footfall through our doors as more people are becoming increasingly aware of what we do and what opportunities and services we provide. Our clients put a lot of hard work into their ongoing recovery and the minibus has provided the means to show them what the rewards can be and also what there is to do right on their own doorstep.”
Telford Mind and the House of Prayer Church in Wellington are two of the local organisations that have benefitted from the use of the minibus – the minibus was used to collect a carpet for Telford Mind and transport 15 people from the church to and from the airport at Heathrow.
Anthony Herber Davies, Pastor of the House of Prayer Church, said: “It is a great credit to all at TACT in that they are prepared to share and give mutual support to the local community. We are aware that many are turning their lives around and are able to take hold of life again and give back to others. Well done to all the volunteers and thank you.”