Carl: We’ve had a massive impact on the community
Carl from the Sheffield Alcohol Support Service talks about how he helps people with alcohol and drug related problems overcome their addictions.
Over the last 2 years 80% of clients at Sheffield Alcohol Support Service have said that they’ve either stopped drinking or substantially reduced their drinking.
Watch the video to hear Carl from the Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (SASS) talk about how he helps people with alcohol and drug related problems overcome their addictions. The video also features Leroy, a client at SASS and Graeme from the DWP Social Justice team.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP): Social Justice. DWP are helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged by providing support to turn their lives around.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP): Social Justice. Carl from the Sheffield Alcohol Support Service applies the Social Justice principles to help and support people with drink and drug problems.
I’m here at the Alcohol Recovery Community with founder and manager Carl. So how do you apply the Social Justice principles here at the centre?
What we try and do is in still self belief and personal responsibility into the clients that we work with and what we do really is give them the tools to empower themselves and to make the changes for themselves.
The best thing about the Alcohol Recovery in Sheffield for me is the people, the staff, the volunteers, the services, the agencies. It’s just support, support and more support; they never give up on you, even when you’ve given up on yourself, they just don’t, they don’t give up on you.
So many people have got a lot of qualities and abilities that mainstream or outside just doesn’t tap in to.
So what was it that inspired you to start the Alcohol Recovery Community?
Well I first came to SASS as a volunteer, I’m in recovery myself from alcohol and drugs and I got a part time job managing the volunteers before I quickly realised we could do so much more than we were doing so I put a project brief together with the help of some of the managers and some of the service users that we work with and we applied to the Big Lottery and got funding and we started two and a half years ago, the Alcohol Recovery Community.
So over the last couple of years how many people do you reckon have been through the doors here?
So, over the last two years we’ve worked with about 500 people. 80% of them have said that they’ve either stopped drinking or substantially reduced their drinking.
We’ve had a massive impact on the community. It’s been a massive success. But I’m really hopeful that we’ll get more Big Lottery funding.
Good luck with that as it’s definitely going to be money well spent from what I can see here.
Yeah and I’d agree with you 100%.
Without the Recovery Community I don’t think I’d be talking to you today.