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Publication date:- 2017-16-12

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Council boost for Alcohol Treatment Centre

AN "outstanding" Alcohol Treatment Centre is to be given a ₤150,000 boost thanks to Liverpool City Council. Transforming Choice has an above national average success rate for its rehabilitation services, but has been limited in its ability to improve facilities. 

Now a report to Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, on Friday, 15 December 2017, recommending the Community Interest Company (C.I.C), which has run the treatment centre within Aigburth since 2015, is granted a 5 year lease on a peppercorn rent. The arrangement means the monies saved on rent over the 5 year period, amounting to ₤150,000, can be also used to leverage additional funding to support the residential based centre.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said:- "Transforming Choice literally transform dozens of lives ever year and provides an invaluable service in the City. I'm delighted that the Council is in a position to support such a brilliant centre with this 5 year deal. It will give them a solid foundation to further develop its fantastic programme and its facilities. As the son of an alcoholic father, I know too well the damage of what this addiction can do to a person's life, their family and the wider community. The more people who are given support as provided by Transforming the Choice the better off society will be."

Transforming Choice C.I.C. specifically focus on those who have alcohol dependency for which traditional medical management approaches have been unsuccessful.

The Centre focuses on those who have been identified as having multiple and complex needs and have a history of consuming a great deal of health and social care resources as well as other public sector resources.

The most recent Care Quality Commission Inspection Report (January 2017) concluded Transforming Choice has 'Outstanding Practice...'

a) 100% of people successfully complete Transforming Choice's alcohol detox.

b) 75% of people successfully complete its 12 week programme (vs. 63% nationally.)

c) Transforming Choice supports 56 people per annum, each for a period of nine months.

Following Cabinet approval, Liverpool City Council will look to review its commissioning services with the Centre.

Carol Hamlett, Manager Director of Transforming Choice CIC, said:- "Thanks to the support of Liverpool City Council and Mayor Anderson we can now begin to implement long term plans for the future which will enable the project to provide more services for the most disadvantaged groups in the community.  Currently we have 21 residents, 20 of which were homeless when they arrived. The team, peer mentors and residents at Transforming Choice can now look forward to a Happy New Year."


Detox your toy box for Barnardo's before Christmas

PARENTS in Merseyside are being urged to 'detox their toy box' in the last minute run up to Christmas and donate quality toys and games to the UK's leading children's charity.  All profits raised from the sale of toys at Barnardo's shops across Merseyside will be used to help vulnerable children, young people and families supported by the charity across the Region.

Barnardo's supports more than 2,000 children, young people and families each year through its services across Merseyside, including young carers, care leavers, teenage or young parents, children in care and young people with mental health issues. As well as pre-loved quality toys, the charity is also keen to receive donations of unused toys and games, which often prove popular in the late run up to Christmas when customers are looking for presents at reasonable prices.

Marie Williams, Barnardo's Regional Manager for Retail Operations said:- "We sell a lot of toys and games at this time of the year and are really grateful for the generous donations from local people. It's amazing what people unearth when they start looking in the back of cupboards and at the bottom of the toy box. As all profits help vulnerable children who live locally, it's a good excuse to have a clear out at home before the influx of new toys arrive. We'd like to thank all of our customers and donors for their continued support, which really does make a difference to so many local children's lives."

Unused toiletries that can be used as gifts for teenagers also prove popular in Barnardo's shops and are welcome donations, as well as the usual clothing and accessory donations that the charity welcomes all year round.

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