Funding boost to help new drug and alcohol programs

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times

Three new Alcohol and Other Drugs Program projects will begin around the South West next month following confirmation of State and Federal funding to the Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation.

A new Prison Aftercare Program will begin on October 9 after receiving $135,471 to provide pre-release and post-release support to offenders and their families, while the Strong Women Project was granted $20,000 to help Aboriginal women overcome substance misuse with a series of weekly workshops in Bunbury, Busselton, Harvey and Brunswick.

A total of $50,000 was also received to help form Family Yarning, a peer support group for families affected by substance misuse and family members trying to overcome alcohol and other drugs dependence and addiction.

In addition to these grants, corporation chairwoman Louis Evans said $45,000 was awarded to capacity-building project Red Dust Healing for mentor staff.

Corporation chief executive officer Renee Pitt said the funding had a direct impact on members of the community by employing mentors to work with individuals experiencing alcohol and drug issues.

“We will be helping people reconnect with families and community, undertake pre-employment training activities, assist them in finding suitable housing, manage their finances and make major changes in their life,” Ms Pitt said.

Hoping to establish a local drug action, Ms Pitt said a further $10, 000 was approved by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop a grant application which if successful would yield $30, 000 to help drug and crime prevention.

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