Norwich charity hopes to open new city cafe thanks to £600,000 boost
PUBLISHED: 17:11 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 15 April 2016
A new café, staffed by people getting help from a drug and alcohol support charity, is to open in Norwich after a successful bid for £600,000 of funding.
A location for The Matthew Project’s cafe has yet to be decided, but it is due to open in December to support people in recovery, providing job skills and a much needed revenue stream to make it sustainable.
The funding, secured from Public Health England by Norfolk County Council’s public health department, will also provide a separate subsidised drop-in centre for people in recovery to get help and advice in an informal environment.
An evening venue will enable people being helped by the charity to visit a ‘dry’ pub with family and friends - helping them to build their social networks and rebuild their confidence.
The funding will also provide a minibus and help develop a full community rehabilitation programme with the introduction of new projects and groups reaching communities across Norfolk.
Paul Martin, chief executive of The Matthew Project, said: “Norfolk has a high level of people struggling with alcohol, drug and mental health issues.
“We have seen a great need to help people move on from treatment for substance abuse back into health, homes, work and the community.
“This funding award helps fill this gap to provide premises and transport to help people become stronger so they help themselves, each other and our community.
“This new funding into Norfolk is a great achievement. The Matthew Project will now start to develop the project to help recovery in Norwich as we plan and hope this can then grow across Norfolk.”
Paul Smyth, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said, “Working with organisations such as The Matthew Project shows our commitment to developing effective partnerships, and in future there will hopefully be other opportunities to work collaboratively to improve services for communities in the county.”
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