ESCAPE Family Support celebrates after receiving £248,510 from the National Lottery to help families affected by a loved one’s addiction

ESCAPE Family Support is celebrating after being awarded almost £250,00 in National Lottery funding to support its work with families affected by a loved one’s addiction over the next three years.

The Northumberland charity, based in Susan Kennedy Centre, Ashington, will use the cash to introduce and embed a new and stronger mutual aid approach that provides training, opportunities and support to our Family Champions who are ‘experts by experience’, and have expressed their desire to give something back and help others to achieve positive change.

ESCAPE Family Support has been running since 1995 and is staffed by five paid staff and over forty volunteers. It was founded by Janet Murphy MBE after the death of her daughter Jennie from drug poisoning in March 1994 as there was no support for families struggling with a loved one’s drug or alcohol use or those bereaved as a result of this.

The charity now provides a comprehensive range of  services to support families, carers, young people and children including 24/7 Helpline, advice, information,  1-1 support, counselling, Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), Teen Triple P parenting programmes, and other evidence-based interventions to help families develop coping strategies, grow in confidence and learn new skills.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will also see the charity pilot and introduce a new support programme specifically designed and targeted at children and young people whose lives are blighted by the drug or alcohol dependency of others. ESCAPE’s aim is to provide essential support for these children and young people to develop their resilience, confidence and independence, to help them to […]