Lib Dems take time out of conference for Swanswell visit

28 September 2011

Swanswell welcomed Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith and Baroness Sally Hamwee for a whistle-stop tour of the charity’s services in Birmingham last week.

The VIPs took time out of their busy schedule at the Lib Dem’s annual conference taking place nearby to learn more about the national charity, which helps people overcome drug, alcohol and other problem behaviour.

Sir Alan Beith’s Research Assistant Chloe Cockett and UK Youth’s Communications, Marketing and Business Development Officer Jo Birch-Phaure also attended the afternoon’s event, held on Tuesday 20 September.

Staff and service users spent two hours with the visitors talking about nine projects including the ‘Reducing Drug-Related Offending Programme’, ‘Alcohol-related hospital admissions’ and ‘Swanswell’s Recovery Model Pilot’.

In addition, guests received a demonstration from the complementary therapist in Swanswell’s social enterprise and saw a sneak peak of the charity’s virtual therapies project.

Sir Alan Beith said: ‘Swanswell provided excellent examples of some very innovative and exciting projects they have developed to help people overcome substance misuse.

I was very impressed with the level of expertise and commitment shown by the organisation and its staff, who were all very enthusiastic about the work they were doing.’

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Sir Alan Beith and Baroness Hamwee to Swanswell and would like to thank them for taking the time out of a very busy schedule to come to see us.

Substance misuse was a key part of the Liberal Democrat’s conference, so it was a good opportunity to show our guests first-hand what we’re doing to help tackle this and provide an insight in to the innovative projects that are being developed.’

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