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The council is helping to fund a number of projects that help residents recover from alcohol or drug addiction.

Derbyshire County Council commissions drug and alcohol treatment services as well as helping to support recovery projects across Derbyshire.

More than £200,000 of funding will help six projects continue to support people develop new skills and rebuild their lives.

The schemes help people in recovery gain confidence by using a wide range of hands-on activities including growing crops, animal care and art sessions.

Some projects also offer training and education opportunities to help give people a fresh start and move into employment.

Cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “Recovery from addiction is not straightforward and different people will find that different things work for them.

“That’s why it’s important to have a range of ways to support people - giving them practical skills and experience as well as offering more creative opportunities too.”

In Derbyshire every £1 spent on drug and alcohol treatment sees a return on investment of £4.08, which is saved through reducing the need for healthcare, welfare benefits and other interventions.

Councillor Allen added: “Giving people the long term skills to recover from an addiction is vital in giving them the chance to live a healthier, happier life.

“It’s good to see funding helping such innovative schemes and we are pleased to support them.”

The six projects that received funding totalling just over £200,000 are -

n A-Spire Right at Chesterfield Football Club

n Beardwood Natural Living, Furness Vale and High Peak

n Wash-Arts, Ilkeston and Erewash

n RISE at High Peak Food Bank, Buxton and Gamesley

n Nite Lite Christian Centre, Shirebrook

n Rhubarb Farm, Langwith, have also received funding.

Residents who are in need of advice or support relating to problems with alcohol or drug can visit the Safer Derbyshire website www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/our-priorities/substance_misuse