Swanswell’s Independent Living Service launches soon

22 March 2013

There’s only days to go until Swanswell’s Independent Living Service for people affected by substance misuse launches in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, was awarded the £1.2 million contract to provide non-clinical support that promotes independent living for adults who are affected by substance misuse.

The three-year contract replaces and expands on Swanswell’s Supporting People service in the area, providing support with employment and training as part of a pilot linking to the government’s Work Programme.

In addition, the service will incorporate existing support around tenancies and housing, money management and benefits advice.

Swanswell’s Independent Living Service will begin on 01 April 2013 after a competitive bidding process, jointly tendered by Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell's Chief Executive, said: ‘We're delighted to have the opportunity to build upon our work in Coventry and Warwickshire by delivering the new Independent Living service in the area.

By working closely with the Employment and Skills Group as part of the government's Work Programme, we're now able to support clients with employment-related issues such as CV writing, job searching and training.

Used alongside our existing support around benefits, housing and managing debt, it will give people affected by substance misuse the tools they need to get back into work while helping them achieve a successful recovery.’

Although Swanswell’s Supporting People Service becomes the Independent Living Service during the Easter weekend, Swanswell will be offering a special telephone service for clients over the bank holiday on Good Friday and Easter Monday by calling 02476 226 619.

Face-to-face appointments, arranged in advance, will also be available at Swanswell’s office on Norton Street in Coventry on Easter Monday. Services will be open as usual at all other times.

Annie Steele, Swanswell’s Regional Development Manager, added: ‘Swanswell has been offering additional support during the bank holiday for a while now after recognising how difficult this time can be for clients, especially when many other services are closed.

'We hope our telephone and face-to-face support will continue to prove a useful tool for people as they carry on with their journey to recovery from substance misuse.’

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