Swanswell awarded £1.5 million contract by local Probation Trusts

21 June 2012

Swanswell will be helping even more people overcome drug and alcohol misuse after being awarded a contract worth up to £1.5 million to provide criminal justice Accredited Programmes in Staffordshire and the West Midlands, and Warwickshire.

Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be working on behalf of Staffordshire and West Midlands, and Warwickshire Probation Trusts to deliver short courses that offenders attend as part of their sentence.

Swanswell will deliver a number of Accredited Programmes that tackle substance misuse in Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country,Stoke-on-Trentand Staffordshire for at least the next three years from 1 October 2012.

Courses include the Drink Impaired Drivers’ Programme (DIDP), Offender Substance Abuse Programme (OSAP) and Low Intensity Alcohol Programme (LIAP), and will be delivered from locations within the community.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’ve been delivering these programmes very successfully in Coventry and Warwickshire for quite some time now, so we’re delighted to get the opportunity to make them available to even more people.

Education plays a big part in helping people understand the risks of alcohol and drug misuse. For example, people attending our Drink Impaired Drivers programme often tell us they wouldn’t have got behind the wheel after a drink, if they’d have known the risks.

Accredited Programmes such as these help reduce the risk of someone reoffending, helping improve local communities while giving people the chance to turn their lives around for the better.’

Ged Bates, Director of Operations for Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation, said: ‘I am delighted that our work with Swanswell has been extended across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. Offenders often lead chaotic lives and it is vital they are given a chance to reform.

By addressing the reasons behind drug and alcohol misuse, programmes like this can help to cut reoffending and better protect the public.’

Liz Stafford, Chief Executive of Warwickshire Probation Trust, said: ‘Warwickshire Probation Trust looks forward to a further period of collaborative working with Swanswell building upon a very successful relationship established over several years.’







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