Support project wins praise

TWO projects which help a number of county residents to recover from serious problems have received national accolades.

Among the winners at the Howard League’s Community Programme Awards 2012 ceremony in London was Northumbria Probation Trust’s ‘Solo’ scheme.

It is a package of individual work completed with men who have been convicted of domestic violence against a current or former intimate partner. It is delivered by their probation officer on a one-to-one basis.

The overall aim of the programme is to help offenders end their violence.

The ESCAPE Family Support project was one of the runner-up bodies. It provides holistic help to substance users as well as their families and carers.

It offers an unbiased, qualified and specialist service run by people who have knowledge and experience of working with addiction. Clients also benefit from regular encouragement and guidance in areas such as education, training and employment.

The judges examined each nominated scheme in terms of how effective they have been in reducing the seriousness and frequency of re-offending.