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King's Lynn event to mark first year of drug and alcohol support scheme

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A drug and alcohol support service will mark its first anniversary at an event in Lynn today
A drug and alcohol support service will mark its first anniversary at an event in Lynn today

Officials behind a drug and alcohol support service in Norfolk will hold an event in Lynn to mark a year since its launch.

Change Grow Live is holding a series of sessions across the county this week, including one at its offices in Railway Road from noon today, to raise awareness of its support programmes.

Nearly 1900 people across the county have accessed its services in its first year, including more than 800 receiving support for alcohol issues.

And officials say that more than 90 per cent of service users have been happy with the support they received.

Change Grow Live executive director Vicki Markiewicz said: “We want to make the most of this one-year anniversary and show the wider community what Change Grow Live has to offer to help people in Norfolk make positive changes in their lives.

“Over the last year Change Grow Live staff, service users and partner agencies have worked incredibly hard to develop the new behaviour change service.

“This anniversary is our opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come and, at the same time, to listen to people and to commit ourselves to doing even more to provide as many people as possible with the support they need.”

Louise Smith, Norfolk County Council’s director of public health, said: “As a recovery focused model, Change Grow Live is highly accessible to the community and the wide range of interventions on offer, including the Emerging Futures programme, are extremely effective in supporting people at all stages of recovery.

“It’s positive to see Change Grow Live supporting people with both treatment and reintegration back into the community and employment. I look forward to seeing what the next 12 months brings.”

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