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Drug charity awarded £100k from the Mayor of London to help offenders in Brent

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 January 2014

Westminster Drug Project has been awarded a grant from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Westminster Drug Project has been awarded a grant from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

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A drug charity has been given a six-figure grant to provide a four-year programme for offenders in Brent who have substance misuse and mental health issues.

Westminster Drug Project (WDP) has been awarded £101,700 a year to fund treatment and support to the borough’s residents who commit offences and have drug or alcohol problems.

The grant from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) means WDP Brent can provide additional support for people who suffer from a combination of drug or alcohol addiction and mental health issues, called dual diagnosis.

Many people who come through the service have a range of problems, with more than half experiencing issues around mental health, such as anxiety, depression and personality disorder.

WDP is commissioned by Brent Council to provide support in the borough.

Andy Brown, head of substance misuse at Brent Council, said: “We are very pleased that WDP Brent has secured this new funding from MOPAC.

“It means the service is now able to help local people address their substance misuse, mental illness and offending behaviour in a holistic way, in turn improving their health and wellbeing and reducing offending.

“This new service will also improve the links between drug and alcohol treatment services and mental health services, all to the benefit of service users in Brent.”


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