National project to build connections in recovery

Addaction will deliver a national peer support project to combat loneliness in recovery, thanks to an award of nearly £100,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Connections. The project will be delivered through Mutual Aid Partnerships - peer support groups that support people in recovery from drug and alcohol problems. Addaction already reaches 2,500 people through Mutual Aid Partnerships. The Big Lottery Fund’s investment will help us double the number of people who can join a group.

Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of External Affairs at Addaction said:

“Loneliness can be a real issue for people we work with. Getting a handle on a drug or alcohol problem can be a pretty intense journey, and having a group of people around you who’ve been there makes all the difference. These groups are designed to help people make connections and friends. They’re peer led, safe spaces where people can be themselves and share ups and downs along the road.”

Minister for Loneliness, Mims Davies, said:

“There is no one cause of loneliness and therefore no one solution. That is why we are working alongside a broad range of businesses, voluntary organisations and local councils to ensure that those who feel alone are best supported.

“From new digital communities, to sports classes that bring people together, this fund will go a long way to achieving that goal. I am committed to encouraging open conversations around this sensitive topic to reduce the stigma and create an environment where everyone is better connected.”

The Building Connections fund was created earlier this year in partnership between the government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation. The main fund is made up of close to £9 million from Government and the Big Lottery Fund. It is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, with grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 being awarded to over 100 organisations across England that are already delivering work to tackle loneliness and social isolation.

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Mark Byrne | Head of Media | Addaction

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