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New city centre support service opens for vulnerable people

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More help is now at hand for vulnerable people with dependency issues thanks to the opening of a specialist support service in Derby City Centre.

The new service, based in the Padley Day Centre in Beckett Street, is aimed at helping drug users and street drinkers who are predominantly homeless and struggling with an array of social problems.

Funding has come from Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and Derbyshire Police. And it follows efforts by the Commissioner and others to address concerns about antisocial behaviour by rough sleepers, beggars, street drinkers and drug users.

Mr Dhindsa has held summits with businesses, charities and other agencies to look at ways of finding a solution to the issue.

The service, which has capacity to manage up to 20 people, sees two full time members of staff offering availability at the Padley Centre for 42 hours a week, providing case work and support.

That support will involve regular multiagency meetings, referral to other services and liaison with health agencies to identify permanent recovery plans for the individuals concerned.

The funding will allow the new service to run for a year to assess its effectiveness. 

Mr Dhindsa said: “The concerns raised by businesses and others about the impact of street drinkers and drug users are legitimate ones and it is right that we have listened and worked together to find solutions.

“But let’s also remember that we are talking about some extremely vulnerable people who are living with high dependency issues and a range of other complex problems. It is right that we do all we can to reach out to these people and hopefully give them the help they need to turn their lives around.”

The Commissioner said he remained hopeful that businesses and others within the private sector would consider helping fund the new service to allow it to become a more long term solution in the city centre.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in removing harm from our city centre streets to get on-board and consider whether they can tangibly support this much needed service.”

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Note to editors:

  1. Padley is a Derby-based charity founded in 1985 delivering services to people with complex needs. It works with some of the most socially excluded people in the local community.
  2. A photograph showing from left to right: Padley Centre Homeless Manager, Sue Griffin; Superintendent Tracy Harrison, Derbyshire Police; Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and Padley Group CEO Larry Waller
Posted on Monday 3rd July 2017
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