Funding for group tackling alcohol and drug misuse

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THE police and crime commissioner has handed out cash to a group tackling drug and alcohol abuse.

Hampshire’s PCC Simon Hayes awarded £2,992 to Community First Havant and East Hampshire to help recovering ex-offenders.

The group helps them volunteer in community projects to learn new skills.

Chief executive officer Tim Houghton said: ‘Our V Team helps marginalised people deliver services that benefit the community.

‘This new funding will allow us to offer a six-month programme to ex-offenders in partnership with the probation education, training and employment service for referred clients.’

It comes as Mr Hayes wants to highlight the importance of tackling substance misuse.

All police and crime commissioners in the country have pledged to do so.

Mr Hayes said: ‘As part of my commitment to protecting people and places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, I am able to invest in organisations that help individuals break free of addictions, such as alcohol and substance misuse, so that they can rebuild their lives.’