Humankind awarded contract to deliver the new drug and alcohol treatment services in Cumbria

Helen Deeson

We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in our bid for the North and South Cumbria Addictions service, commissioned by Cumbria County Council.  

The new contract starts on 1st October 2021 and will be run in partnership with The Well Communities, a local Lived Experience Recovery Organisation (LERO), where support is provided by staff and volunteers with lived experience of drug and alcohol use.  

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council, Director of Public Health for Inclusion, said: “The Council and our partners work hard so people in Cumbria are healthy and safe. The Cumbria Addictions Service has a significant part to play in supporting us achieve this outcome by reducing the harm alcohol, drugs and other addictions have on our residents, families and communities. The Council is looking forward to working with Humankind and The Well to further improve the lives of residents by compassionately and professionally treating, supporting and inspiring people to improve their and others health and wellbeing.” 

Ted Haughey, Executive Director of Operations, said: “We are delighted to expand our services in the North West and partner with The Well Communities. We have many years of experience providing clinical drug and alcohol treatment services across the country and are looking forward to bringing this expertise to the area.  

“I am pleased that Cumbria County Council have protected investment in this contract meaning our new service will have the same level of funding as before, but excitingly we will also be able to offer additional resource from new Government funding too. The team and I are looking forward to working with communities across the county and supporting people to recover from drug and alcohol use.” 

Dave Higham, Founder and CEO of The Well Communities, said: “I am so thrilled to be working in partnership with Humankind to provide services across Cumbria. I believe together we can deliver an amazing service that will bring real change to people’s lives. We want to champion LEROs across the UK and showcase the amazing work that we can achieve in enabling people to break free from crime and addiction. We believe, together we can achieve anything, so working in partnership with all stakeholders is the key ingredient to a successful service.” 

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