Compass Milton Keynes in partnership with the Public Health team have been successful in securing £80,000 of Public Health England drug and alcohol recovery capital grant funding. This will enable the development of a life skills kitchen and I.T learning facility within the drug and alcohol service. The kitchen will provide a daily breakfast club and a range of interventions with a focus on healthy eating and nutrition, such as courses on budgeting, cooking and food hygiene. A job club will be offered to support those seeking employment, with a range of sessions including C.V writing, employment searches and preparing for interviews. A social area with comfortable furniture will allow for service users access more informal support from peer mentors.
The bid also includes the purchase of the pioneering internet-based treatment and recovery programme Breaking Free Online, which allows service users to address the psychological and lifestyle issues that are driving their dependence on alcohol and drugs. This is an ideal support mechanism for service users who are more stable, are in employment or otherwise find it difficult to access the service.
The project will enable service users to develop the skills and resilience needed to maintain a healthier, substance free life, strengthening their chance of achieving meaningful and sustained recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. In turn, the aim is that many of those achieving recovery, will go on to become peer mentors and support others to do the same.