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Doncaster drugs help service could shut

Tony and Carol Sellars pictured with Kerry Mee, Volunteer and Karl Spencer, Drugs and Alcohol Advisor. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Drug Service MC 1

Tony and Carol Sellars pictured with Kerry Mee, Volunteer and Karl Spencer, Drugs and Alcohol Advisor. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Drug Service MC 1

A service which has helped hundreds of drug addicts get back on the straight and narrow is in danger of closing.

Conisbrough and Denaby Drug Awareness Group has provided hot meals and counselling for more than 300 people with drug and alcohol problems for 10 years.

But project leaders say the service could close within weeks because of a lack of funding and a dwindling number of volunteers.

Manager Tony Sellars, aged 69, of Conisbrough, issued a desperate appeal for help. He said: “We can get people back on their feet so they can contribute to society. But we are down to just two regular volunteers.

“We have also been knocked back with funding.”

He added the group received a boost of about £3,000 from Doncaster Council, Community First and a private donation two years ago, but the money is running out.

He claimed a request for funding in a recent meeting with council officers was rejected.

Former client Kerry Mee, 35, of Craganour Place, Denaby, said: “The service helped turn my life around when I was having drugs problems.”

A council spokesman said a one-off £1,000 payment was made last year, but no formal funding application has been received since.

The group meets at St Albans Catholic Club, Denaby, Thursdays from 9.30am to 2pm. Call 01709 869264.

 

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