Addiction Charity Making Progress In Helping Preston Community Hit Hard By Lockdown – SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH

The Tribal Project has been working to support drug and alcohol addicts in Plungington who have struggled on their road to recovery during lockdown.

Back in early July, we reported on a local charity running a campaign to help a Preston area in crisis. The Tribal Project had witnessed how the Plungington area of Preston was struggling due to being in lockdown.

Ian Edmondson and Paul Seddon, the co-founders of the Tribal Project, wanted to help improve Plungington by rehabilitating the drug and alcohol addicts in the area who were slipping further into their addictions.

Ian explains how tough it has been for addicts during lockdown as some of the coping mechanisms to stay clean were taken away:

“Under normal circumstances, we would be telling recovering addicts to engage with people and occupy their minds by going out and meeting others. During lockdown, that was all taken away and people were stuck inside with no way to distract themselves. Lockdown has no doubt had a detrimental effect on recovering addicts.”

In July, the charity began offering preferential places for anyone in the Plunginton area that was struggling to their self-referral service to help rehabilitate them.

Ian explained why and how they were aiming to support the area:

“We’re a way out, we can show you how to move forward, avoid arrest and start making positive changes in your life. This is the first time in our history that we are offering preferential places on our workshops or our 1-2-1s for one specific community, we’ve never done that before. For the next six months, anybody from the Plungy area who needs our support will get prioritised and will get immediate support from us.”

Since then, the campaign has had some success and Ian feels like the area is improving through the community coming together to work through the problems that had blighted the area in the past:

“We’ve had over 12 local people sign up who are now regulars on our groups and one to one sessions, all but a few are hard street drug users. It’s beginning to get more and more traction but just getting 12 is incredible, think about the amount of money that is needed to fund 12 drugs users and how much crime has to happen locally for that to happen, it’s already making a big difference.

“What we’ve also noticed as well is community cohesion it’s starting to come back together. People are starting to look to work together instead of trying to pick up the pieces on their own, there are more conversations in the community. We have community leaders coming to talk to us and everybody seems to move in the same direction and that’s the nicest thing about it. Instead of having this splintered community, something very important is being built and that’s community resilience.”

For any more information about the work The Tribal Project does, check out their website here.

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