A drop in centre to help people with drug and alcohol problems will open in north Walsham town centre in March.

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The support unit will be in the former Connexions building in the St Nicholas precinct.

Work to refurbish the building will start in January and take about six weeks.

The assessment centre will help with the recovery of people affected by drugs and alcohol - including carers, family members and friends.

It is being run by the Norfolk Recovery Partnership, which already has drop-in centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Thetford and King’s Lynn.

Its service operations manager Denise Grimes said: “We have been offering services for people living in North Norfolk since we launched in April 2013 at various locations in Cromer, Fakenham and Aylsham.

“It will be great to have an informal and confidential drop-in facility where people affected by drug and alcohol problems can relax and have access to a wide range of advice, support and treatment.”

And Steph Butcher, interim strategy manager for Norfolk County Council’s drug and alcohol action team), said: “The new centre will enable people to walk in and ask for help and advice, as well as return there for follow-up treatment.

“By bringing all of this support together under one roof, our aim is to make it as easy and quick as possible for people to get help and speed up their recovery process.”

The recovery partnership brings together Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Alcohol and Drug Service, The Matthew Project and Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners’ Trust to provide integrated, seamless services within the community and Norfolk prisons.

There has been concern that the former Connexions youth service building - the largest in a precinct which has been dogged with empty shops - had lain empty for years since the service ended.

The drug service and a local church both got planning permission to re-use the building, but the county council, which holds the lease on the building, opted for the drop-in scheme.

■If you need advice or support on alcohol or drugs, please contact Norfolk Recovery Partnership by calling the 24 hour contact number on 0300 7900 227 or visit: www.norfolkrecoverypartnership.org.uk

■The Matthew Project offers support and advice for under 18’s and can be contacted on 0800 970 4866.

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  • Looks like I'll be shopping in Stalham from now on. No doubt some muppet will report this comment as 'offensive'.

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    jeffbridges769

    Friday, December 20, 2013

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