Rugby MP Mark Pawsey visits Swanswell to see Big Society in practice

08 April 2011

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has spent an afternoon learning more about how Swanswell helps people change and be happy.

Mr Pawsey took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Rugby head office yesterday (Thursday 7 April) to see how the national charity – which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use– is already embracing the government’s Big Society vision. 

During the afternoon, Mr Pawsey met with Substance Misuse workers, the management team and clients to hear more about Swanswell and how its innovative services help people turn their lives around for the better.

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, said: ‘Few people in Rugby will be aware that we have here the headquarters of a major charity supporting people with problems relating to drug and alcohol issues. 

‘I learnt a great deal from Swanswell’s workers about the support that is available to people who want to help themselves. I was left surprised by how effective their work can be in helping people to make a permanent change in their lifestyles.’

Debbie Bannigan, Chief Executive of Swanswell, said: ‘We’re delighted that Mr Pawsey found the time to visit Swanswell to see how we’re helping thousands of people around the country overcome problems with substance misuse every year.

In Rugby alone, Swanswell’s currently helping more than 250 people change and be happy.’

His visit highlights how organisations such as Swanswell play an important part in the delivery of the government’s Big Society vision and how it’s already working locally.’

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