Swanswell event celebrates recovery and independence for service users in Coventry and Warwickshire

11 April 2014

Celebrating recovery and independence for people affected by problem alcohol and drug use in Coventry and Warwickshire was the aim of a Swanswell event marking a year since the start of a new service.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, invited dozens of support agencies to the Welcome Centre in Coventry on Monday 07 April 2014 to learn more about the Independent Living Service (ILS).

Commissioned in April 2013, Swanswell’s Independent Living Service provides practical support with employment, training, housing, money management and benefits to anyone affected by problem alcohol and drug use in the region.

It’s available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (including bank holidays), and operates from the charity’s Norton Street office in Coventry.

Over 60 delegates attended the awareness-raising and celebration event, which included presentations from service users and their families, who shared stories of how Swanswell’s Independent Living Service helped them turn their life around.

Russell Johnson, Swanswell’s Operations Manager for the Independent Living Service, said: ‘Aside from the obvious affect on health, problem alcohol and drug use can cause a number of knock-on issues too including to finances, housing and employment.

Swanswell’s Independent Living Service offers advice and support to manage these issues and help people regain their independence, leading to a sustained recovery.

People often tell us that the Independent Living Service gave them the confidence to get their lives back on track, so we’ve shared their experiences at our celebration event to encourage others to come forward, and take the first step to change and be happy.’

Swanswell’s Independent Living Service accepts referrals from individuals affected by problem alcohol and drug use, or organisations working with service users in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Russell added: ‘If you’re affected by problem alcohol and drug use, or are supporting someone who is, get in touch with Swanswell, and we’ll be able to help you make a difference by promoting independence to change lives for the better.’

For more information about how to get in touch with our Independent Living Service in Coventry, see our 'Contact us' page.

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