Drugsline to become Norwood Drugsline

5 August 2014

Norwood has announced that Drugsline, the charity set up twenty-two years ago to provide drug, alcohol and addiction services within the Jewish community, will become Norwood Drugsline, a permanent part of Norwood's services. The Trustee Board's decision follows the completion of a successful pilot period, which began in May 2013.

Norwood Drugsline will continue to provide a programme of preventative workshops in schools, a drop in service, and will run a series of community awareness events.

The service will form an important part of Norwood's work with children and families, operating in collaboration with Norwood's education and family support teams. These connected support services are tailored to meet the individual needs of young people and their families.

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin MBE, founder and Executive Director of Drugsline, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Trustee Board of Norwood have now announced that they are moving Norwood Drugsline from the pilot scheme into a fully fledged services under the Norwood umbrella. This gives Drugsline the stability it needs whilst grabbing the opportunity to develop and grow the service even more. We are facing a growing demand as more young people and their families, from all backgrounds, are affected by the ills associated with alcohol and substance abuse and addiction as a whole."

"The additional advantage is that we are part of an in-house family service with social workers and close links to the support networks within Norwood. This is the perfect answer for Drugsline, and will ensure the service has a safe and stable long-term future serving the Jewish community – a service we so badly need."

Norwood Chair David Ereira said: "Addiction and Alcohol and substance abuse devastate families. We're delighted that, through Norwood Drugsline, we will be able to continue to provide vital preventative education in schools and help even more people overcome addiction and move forward with their lives."

The charity will continue to offer a programme of preventative educational workshops to students in primary and secondary schools, and in synagogues.

Norwood will also continue to run a weekly drop in service at Norwood's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre, where people who are either directly or indirectly affected by gambling, drugs or alcohol misuse can go to find confidential support from experienced staff and volunteers. The service is open to parents, friends, partners and spouses as well as people who are affected by addiction. The service can also refer people, where necessary to acute intervention services, such as one-day and residential rehabilitation.

The drop in service is open every Thursday night from 6.30pm – 8.30pm

As well as this, the charity will also continue to run regular community awareness events, each one focusing on one aspect of addiction. These events are open to both health and education professionals as well as members of the public who are interested in finding out more about the issues involved. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion, where everyone will be given the chance to contribute.