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Commissioner Charles praises 'win-win' learning and recovery scheme for vulnerable people in Derby

An innovative support group for vulnerable people that Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles helped to get off the ground with funding has, he said today (8 Dec) “opened wide the doors to both recovery and employment.”

Commissioner Charles, who has supported the creation of Brand Recovery’s scheme with a £25,000 Crime Prevention Grant this year, will be joining the group on Thursday (10 December, 10am-12noon) at an event to mark its successes in its first 12 months of operation.

He said today: “This is a social enterprise that Derby should not only be proud of but also ensure goes from strength to strength. Already, with the help of strong local collaborative partnerships, it has received 125 referrals and delivered more than 75 qualifications.

“This is a ‘win-win’ scheme for the area. In financial terms, for every £1 invested in its work £4.94 is saved to public services in Derby. In people terms, the benefits are incalculable, presenting priceless hope for the future to the vulnerable who seek to recover from mental health issues or drugs and alcohol problems and to offenders wanting to make a fresh start through lasting changes.”

The Commissioner will, along with representatives from Public Health England, present learner qualifications to successful participants at Brand Recovery’s premises in the Derwent Business Centre in Clarke Street, Derby.

Rosanna O’Connor, Director of Alcohol and Drugs, Public Health England, commented: “We know that the journey to recovery from addiction is challenging and different people need different things to get there, from jobs and homes to family and friends, as well as whatever specialist treatment might be needed.

“Brand Recovery provides essential support to help vulnerable people gain essential skills, enabling a return to employment, which in turn helps them achieve long-term recovery and rehabilitate back into the local community.”

Public Health England helped to finance equipment for social enterprise Brand Recovery’s premises at the end of 2014. Since that time, the group has delivered 75 nationally recognised qualifications along with significant social skills and improvements to wellbeing. Qualifications in Fashion and Textiles, and in Furniture Repair and Recycling, are delivered by industry experts. Additional qualifications are linked to improved employability, personal and social development, and maths and English.

James Sutherland, Director of Brand Recovery, points to strong local collaborative partnerships with Job Centre Plus, Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Phoenix Futures and Derbyshire Probation Service as the key to the scheme’s success. He now encourages other key strategic partners within Derby to consider investment in the group.



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Tuesday 8th December 2015
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