Swanswell to offer vital support over Christmas and New Year

15 December 2011

Swanswell’s offering vital support to people affected by substance misuse in Leicestershire and Rutland, Sandwell and Birmingham over the Christmas break.

Swanswell - a national charity which which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use - recognises that it can be a particularly difficult time for many clients who are trying to overcome issues with alcohol or drugs.

So Swanswell’s running a special service offering telephone support and information over the festive period including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the bank holidays.

Specially trained staff will be able to offer help over the phone between 9am and 5pm from Saturday 24 December to Tuesday 27 December and from Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January . Swanswell’s services will be open as usual at all other times.

In Leicestershire and Rutland, there will also be a special drop-in service at the charity’s Loughborough office from 9.30am to 12pm on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

During the Christmas break, people will be able to contact Swanswell by calling the special helpline number – 0300 303 5000 (please note, this number is for the holiday period only – the usual numbers apply during normal office hours).

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘The festive season often brings increased pressure for people affected by substance misuse because of Christmas parties and new year celebrations.

‘It’s also a time when relationships can be strained because of the extra time spent with families or the added financial difficulty that this time of the year often brings.

‘So we’re providing much needed support at a time when many other organisations are closed. It means we can continue to help people change and be happy.’

For details of how to get in touch with the nearest Swanswell service to you, visit our 'Contact us' page.

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