Drugs helpline DASH is celebrating a much-needed lottery windfall.
The Manx Lottery Trust, as delegated partner of Big Lottery Fund UK, has awarded the Drug Advice Service & Helpline a grant of £27,420.
This funding will enable the confidential drug service to support its successful early intervention programmes with families and young people.
DASH is a Manx charity with 17 years’ experience of working with those affected by drugs. It no longer receives funding from the Manx government and so relies entirely on public support.
Director of DASH Shelly Stanley said: ‘We are very grateful to the Manx Lottery Trust for their support for our early intervention work which aims to head off potential problems with drugs or help those already involved by reaching them at an earlier stage.
Lottery Trust chairman Malcolm Kelly said: ‘We are very aware of the need for early intervention, and we are delighted to be able to support DASH with their work in this area.’
Shelly said: ‘Unfortunately it is often the case that people seek help from services once drugs have caused serious problems such as failing education, criminality, they have become dependent or the family unit has become chaotic.
‘Addressing a problem earlier, or identifying those most vulnerable is important in reducing those who use or have problems with drugs.
‘Education, joint working with other services and increasing our presence and accessibility across the island will all form part of the new role.’
To contact DASH for advice or information, contact them in confidence on 615622 or firstname.lastname@example.org