Drink and drug service launched

OPEN Two users of the centre look on as the drop-in centre is opened. From left, Paul Edmondson-Jones, the director of public health in Portsmouth, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy, Kate Damert from Switch, Karen Monteith who is an alcohol project worker and musician Lois Bibbins.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (113913-2)

OPEN Two users of the centre look on as the drop-in centre is opened. From left, Paul Edmondson-Jones, the director of public health in Portsmouth, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy, Kate Damert from Switch, Karen Monteith who is an alcohol project worker and musician Lois Bibbins. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113913-2)

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THERE was a big cheer at the launch of a new service to help young people keep clear of drugs and alcohol.

Switch aims to help people in Portsmouth aged 25 and under to combat their alcohol and drug problems.

The launch took place at the Go For It Centre, in Station Road, Portsmouth, and was attended by key city figures.

Councillor Cheryl Buggy, Portsmouth’s Lord Mayor, said: ‘Drugs matter to the whole of society as all of us feel the impact.

‘From crime in local neighbourhoods, through to families forced apart by dependency, to the corrupting effect of international organised crime, drugs have a profound and negative effect on communities, families and individuals.’

The service is provided by the charity Cranstoun and supported by Portsmouth City Council through the Safer Portsmouth Partnership.

The scheme has been running since April this year, and has so far seen 96 young people.

Visit cranstoun.org/services/switch.aspx.

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