Planning Permission approved for specialist drug and alcohol unit for young people and families at Bosence Farm.

Posted on: March 10, 2016

 

The Drug and Alcohol Action Team in partnership with Bosence Farm successfully applied for a Public Health England Capital Grant to build a specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for young people and families on the existing site.  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.  The Project Board chaired by Lizzie Sheridan, chair of the Bosence Board, has been meeting monthly to monitor progress.

Architects Stride Treglown who designed the award winning Boswyns facility have prepared the plans for the young people unit.   After extensive consultation we applied for planning permission in mid-November and received approval on 15th January.

The tendering process has commenced the construction of the building is due to start in mid-April with completion in September or early October.

From the outset we have been discussing with service users and a wide variety of partners, both statutory and third sector, on how the service will be delivered.  Conversations and meetings continue to take place with commissioners stakeholders and partners.  We are developing our thinking about what the service will deliver and how we will engage with partners to support young people and families through treatment.  Working with YZUP and partners two very positive focus groups on 16 to 18 year olds have taken place and next a meeting is being planned to focus on mothers, babies and very young children.

There are financial challenges in launching this kind of new facility and in recognition of this we have appointed a fund raiser. She is now working hard on making bids for grants and awards.

Over the coming weeks we will keep you informed of our progress and our thinking and we welcome your thoughts and feedback.

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