Swinton councillor welcomes new rehab centre for drug addicts and alcoholics

Councillor John Doyle pictured by the blocked-off entrance to Creighton Woods, Swinton. Picture: Marie Caley

Councillor John Doyle pictured by the blocked-off entrance to Creighton Woods, Swinton. Picture: Marie Caley

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A Swinton councillor has welcomed the opening of a new rehabilitation centre to help people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Rotherham Council and the Lifeline Project, a national alcohol and drug charity, has secured £875,000 from Public Health England to buy and refit property to become a Recovery Hub.

The hub at Carnson House, in Moorgate Road, Rotherham town centre, is due to open in July and will be used to run a programme of activities for recovering addicts.

Coun John Doyle, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “There was a substantial level of interest in the funding, with more than 200 bids received nationally.

“Rotherham’s application was submitted in line with feedback from local service users, which met the recovery focus of the coalition government.

“The hub will provide an excellent centre for people in recovery, where they will have the opportunity to participate in a programme of activities.

“This will be in a welcoming environment that is away from the main treatment service base.”

Tanya Simmons, strategic operations manager of the Lifeline Project, described the centre as an “exciting recovery space in the centre of Rotherham.”

The base will also provide a new central base for Lifeline Rotherham’s Alcohol and Peer Mentoring services, as well as Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health foundation trust’s recovery services. There will also be space for groups including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other community recovery groups to meet and use the facilities.