Bexley and Greenwich alcohol misuse project looking for volunteers
PUBLISHED: 15:14 15 November 2011
A project which aims to help residents struggling with alcohol misuse has received over £118,000 in funding from Comic Relief.
The three-year scheme called Silver Lining which is due to run in different locations Bexley and Greenwich will work with residents over the age of 55 offering support and advice sessions.
The charity DASL (Drug and alcohol service for London) is looking for volunteers aged over 55 to become peer mentors who will run weekly groups for those experiencing problems due to alcohol use.
Clinical Director Harrinder Dhillon said: “There is a growing recognition of the problems posed by alcohol misuse among older adults.
“We established our first Older People and Alcohol Project in 2008.
“For the past three years it has provided support for older problem drinkers and their families, and training for other agencies.
“The new project which has received a grant for £118,895 over three years, aims to build on this experience.”
During the scheme, 136 clients used the service with 75 percent reporting an improved quality of life after taking part.
A home visiting service will also be offered to those who are unable to travel and the charity is currently taking referrals from social services and other agencies to work with people affected by the problem.
It will also provide training for professionals from community mental health teams, care workers and substance misuse workers.
For more information on how to get involved call 0208 257 3068 or visit www.dasl.org.uk