Funding boost for vital service

The 'Ur Life' group at the Foundry are pictured celebrating the first birthday.
The 'Ur Life' group at the Foundry are pictured celebrating the first birthday.

Adults recovering from drug and alcohol misuse and coping with mental health problems are to benefit from additional support thanks to funding.

The Scottish Association For Mental Health (SAMH) has been awarded £697,532 for its SoRTED project - Strengthening of Recovery Throughout East Dunbartonshire - from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities programme.

It will help 240 people to work towards future employment, education and training.

Natalie Logan, from Bishopbriggs, has battled alcohol problems which began when she was a teenager.

When the 33-year-old was first referred to SAMH by her community addiction worker she had already completed a residential rehabilitation course.

Natalie credits the SoRTED project as a key step in her recovery.

She said: “I was just 13 when my substance abuse began.

“I had been passed to a lot of different services over the years, so when I was referred to SAMH a year and a half ago I was keen to engage with a service that focussed not just on addiction, but also understood how our mental health works hand in hand.

“Thanks to their support I have been able to work through my emotions, anxieties and feelings and I am now using my experience as a volunteer to help others in a similar position.”

SoRTED is an extension of services offered through The Foundry - a community addiction and mental health initiative - in Kirkintilloch.

The Foundry recently marked its first year in operation.

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