Council boost for Alcohol Treatment
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
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
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
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%
c) Transforming Choice supports 56 people per annum, each for a period of nine
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."