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Conisbrough drug service has a ‘fighting chance’

Tony and Carol Sellars pictured with Kerry Mee, Volunteer and Karl Spencer, Drugs and Alcohol Advisor. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Drug Service MC 1

Tony and Carol Sellars pictured with Kerry Mee, Volunteer and Karl Spencer, Drugs and Alcohol Advisor. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT Drug Service MC 1

A under threat drug rehabilitation service has a ‘fighting chance’ of a long term future following an appeal for support in the South Yorkshire Times.

The Conisbrough and Denaby Drug Awareness Group has helped hundreds of drug addicts to get back onto the straight and narrow in the past ten years.

But project leaders raised concerns it could close within weeks because of a lack of funding and a dwindling number of volunteers.

We published an appeal for volunteers a fortnight ago and now two people have come forward to offer their support.

Manager Tony Sellars, 69, of Conisbrough, said the service now has a chance at a long term future.

He said: “I want to say thank you to the South Yorkshire Times for their appeal. We were down to just me and my wife Carol as the main volunteers and we were exhausted.

“But now we have had two people, from Conisbrough and Bolton-on-Dearne, who have come forward.

“It doesn’t seem much but we have a fighting chance at least of a longer term future. It is looking good for us.”

Mr Sellars added previous funding streams awarded by Doncaster Council over a year ago are starting to run out.

But he said trustees have just put in an application for £500 from Comic Relief and are waiting to hear back.

Volunteers help to serve meals and act as ‘good listeners’ as part of a counselling service for visitors to the weekly group meetings at St Albans Catholic Club, Denaby, every Thursday from 9.30am to 2pm.

Training is given. Contact Mr Sellars on 01709 869264.

 

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