Recovering drug addicts in Stockton give something back to the community

Darlington and Stockton Times: Visitors and residents enjoy a bowl of soup at 155 Norton Road in Stockton. From left, Ben Ash, James Hawkins and John Beedle Visitors and residents enjoy a bowl of soup at 155 Norton Road in Stockton. From left, Ben Ash, James Hawkins and John Beedle

RECOVERING drug addicts ran a kitchen for homeless people today (Monday, February 24).

Tenants at the 155, Norton Road, an accommodation centre for former drug addicts supported by the Sanctuary Supported Living charity, decided to help others in dire need.

Only a handful of people attended today, but organisers are considering holding other similar schemes in the future.

Support worker Michelle Mount said: “We’ve had a great day and the residents and visitors really enjoyed it.

“We’ve had a mixture of people from supported living schemes and people who are currently sleeping rough.”

Michelle Mount and her colleagues first discussed the event with clients after attending a networking meeting of support agencies in the area and seeing the need for soup kitchen provision. The idea was also a way for clients to pick up some new skills, but also give something back to the community.

One 26-year-old mother, who is a resident at Norton Road, is due to move into private accommodation.

She said: ““I think it’s been great because it’s got us involved and has taught us how to prepare things, and how to cook.

“The two years I’ve been here my support worker has done so much for me, and I’ve always been able to approach the staff to talk about anything.

“This was a nice way to do something for someone else before I move into my own place with my daughter.”

Sanctuary Supported Living provides accommodation and support to more than 6,000 disadvantaged or vulnerable people nationwide.

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7:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

I don't think so, talk about the blind feeding the blind,,,,,,
I don't think so, talk about the blind feeding the blind,,,,,, NO EINSTEIN

10:40am Tue 25 Feb 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

Well done lads! Many of these recovering addicts have had to suffer horrific lives and need to be commended for attempting to get their lives on track, in the "real world" & school of hard knocks. They would understand like the majority of Chief Inspectors, & the U.K.B.P.A/SOCA that the `Swedish Model' being superior? by legalising and providing heroin free is not as simplistic as has been portrayed. De Nouveau Riche entrepenuer (Drug Lords) are not going to say yes deprive us the criminal fraternity of our lives adapted to high living. At the human expense and misery of others. They would only redirect their profits in Gun Crime. If people want to sincerely help and support RECOVERING Drug Addicts, (its a process not an instant miracle cure) Then their energies need to be placed and directed towards EFFICIENT EVIDENCE BASED POLICING!
Well done lads! Many of these recovering addicts have had to suffer horrific lives and need to be commended for attempting to get their lives on track, in the "real world" & school of hard knocks. They would understand like the majority of Chief Inspectors, & the U.K.B.P.A/SOCA that the `Swedish Model' being superior? by legalising and providing heroin free is not as simplistic as has been portrayed. De Nouveau Riche entrepenuer (Drug Lords) are not going to say yes deprive us the criminal fraternity of our lives adapted to high living. At the human expense and misery of others. They would only redirect their profits in Gun Crime. If people want to sincerely help and support RECOVERING Drug Addicts, (its a process not an instant miracle cure) Then their energies need to be placed and directed towards EFFICIENT EVIDENCE BASED POLICING! somethinginsidesostrong

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