MP meets people tackling offending rates

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage
Portsmouth Crown Court in Winston Churchill Avenue

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Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has shown her support for a project that 
aims to reduce offending rates in Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Ms Dinenage visited the Gosport About Turn Project last month, which is one of six run across the county by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company to reduce offending and encourage desistance.

She met Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC chief executive Mary D’Arcy and About Turn project co-ordinator Roy Phillips.

She also spoke to a number of people who had used the service and met group facilitators Melanie Hunter and Simon Davis and spoke to them about their experiences with addiction and their roles now supporting others to tackle addictions.

Simon is also co-chair of the Hampshire Active Recovery Community.

The project provides 
 professional and peer support to people who are misusing drugs and alcohol or 
who need support to remain sober.

Many attending the group will have been involved with the criminal justice system after offending to fund their habit.

The project is run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC and is part-funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Hampshire Drug and Alcohol action team.

For more information go to hampshire-crc.co.uk or follow @hampshirecrc.