Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall marks the start of building for an exciting new service

Posted on: May 17, 2016

A new specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for young people and families starts its construction this month, with the first turf being officially cut by Colonel Bolitho, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.    Colonel Bolitho is President of the charity, Bosence Farm Community that has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for adults on the site for twenty years.  Colonel Bolitho commented that ‘‘Bosence Farm is an outstanding organisation, providing live-saving support to a great many people in Cornwall.  This new facility will enable even more people to be helped and is hugely to be welcomed’

Sod Cutting Ceremony May 2016

The facility when open will be the only unit in the country to offer residential assessment, stabilisation and detoxification to young people and those with families facing drug and or alcohol dependency.

Colonel Bolitho cut the first turf at a ceremony on the site on 18th May, attended by the Drug and Alcohol Action Team commissioner, Kim Hager, Councillor Andrew Wallis and Viv Hughes, Addaction, Manager of YZUP, Young people’s drug and alcohol services.  Kim Hager said ‘This service will fill a large and vital gap in provision in Cornwall and shows the great role that the Voluntary Sector has to play in meeting thorny and complicated problems with creative solutions’.

Kate Cook, Bosence Farm’s CEO explains the impact the centre will have; “ There is no residential provision in Cornwall and limited provision in the country for young people under 18 who have problems with drugs and alcohol. We also know that there are significant barriers to parents in need of treatment taking up residential support because of concern for their children’s wellbeing particularly when the seriousness of their problems may mean they lose custody altogether.  This third centre will mean that we can help families and individuals with complex needs right here in Cornwall, and significantly improve the outcomes; all the current research shows that it is better for those needing treatment to get it closer to their homes and wider support networks.  It also has the wider community benefit that this should be much better value for money all round.”

The scheme, funded through a successful application to the Public Health England Capital Grant scheme in 2015, supported by Cornwall Council, will be delivered jointly by Bosence Farm Community and the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, and the service will be provided in partnership with a number of local organisations, including Addaction (a charity that provides all the advice, information and support in the community in Cornwall), YZUP, and Children and Families Services.

Viv Hughes, Manager at Addaction’s Cornish young people’s service YZUP said: “This resource will be hugely beneficial to those young people who are unable to break out of the cycle of substance misuse whilst living in the community. It will offer a safe and supportive space  for young people to stop their substance use, begin recovery and prepare for their reintegration back into the  community. We’re delighted to have it opening and to see the first young people start their road to recovery here.”

Kate continues; “We want to see a society where every person suffering from drug and alcohol problems can receive high quality treatment and support to meet their needs, and help them become fulfilled and productive members of their community. This facility will mean that we can take a step closer to this vision.”

Completion of the construction is expected in November 2016.

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