Addaction has retained the contract to deliver alcohol and drug services in Cornwall for the next five years.  This follows a successful five year contract running the services for Cornwall Council.

The charity has won both the adults’ and young people’s contracts, and will continue to operate from their bases in Redruth, Penzance, St Austell, Liskeard, Bodmin and Truro, for adults, and the YZUP offices in Truro for the young people’s service.

Addaction has also been successful in securing funding of £780,000 from the Government’s Life Chances Fund to set up a project in Cornwall to cut the number of people frequently attending the hospital A&E departments due to alcohol or drugs. Known as ‘frequent attenders’, there is a group of people who take up a disproportionate amount of time, resources and finances for hospital A&E departments because of their regular attendance due to alcohol or drug use.

Addaction will be using a combination of assertive outreach, high intensity work and partnership work to get this group to address their use and attend less.

This new initiative will be funded by a Social Impact Bond, made possible by a Life Chances grant.  It has been running as a pilot at RCHT Treliske, and launched as a full service on 1 April 2018.

For the full story, and to find out more about the frequent attenders project, visit the Addaction website.