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Drug and alcohol support centre to open in North Walsham

Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), the adult drug and alcohol service for Norfolk, will be opening a new drop-in assessment centre in North Walsham at the start of March 2014.

The service commissioned by Norfolk County Council's Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP) launched in April 2013 to provide a recovery-focused service for anyone affected by drug and/or alcohol either personally, as a carer, family member or friend.

The lease with Norfolk County Council was signed by the Trust on 5 December 2013 for 1a St Nicholas Court North Walsham. The premises will be refurbished starting in January and should take approximately six weeks. It is hoped the centre will be open early March.

Norfolk Recovery Partnership already has drop-in centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Thetford and King’s Lynn. Denise Grimes, NRP Service Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted that work will begin on the new drop-in centre in North Walsham in January.

"We have been offering services for people living in North Norfolk since we launched in April 2013 at various locations in Cromer, Fakenham and Alysham. It will be great to have an informal and confidential drop-in facility where people affected by drug and alcohol problems can relax and have access to a wide range of advice, support and treatment."

Steph Butcher, Interim Strategy Manager for Norfolk County Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), said: “We’re delighted that plans are progressing to open a new drop-in and treatment centre in North Walsham.

“The new centre will enable people to walk in and ask for help and advice, as well as return there for follow-up treatment. By bringing all of this support together under one roof, our aim is to make it as easy and quick as possible for people to get help and speed up their recovery process.”

The partnership brings together Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Alcohol & Drug Service (TADS), The Matthew Project and Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners’ Trust (RAPt) to provide integrated, seamless services within the community and Norfolk prisons.

NRP offers a single point of access for all its services delivered by the partner organisations. Prior to this drug and alcohol support was provided by separate organisations and charities in Norfolk.

If you need advice or support on alcohol or drugs, please contact Norfolk Recovery
Partnership by calling the 24 hour contact number on 0300 7900 227 or visit:

The Matthew Project offers support and advice for under 18’s and can be contacted on 0800 970 4866.​