Joint funding makes 12 month RISE welfare project a reality

Over the past few months officers in the Police Neighbourhood Team at Axminster have recognised that some people living in and around the town need more help and support for drug and alcohol issues that affect them. Police have talked with staff from RISE Recovery and Integration Service, which provides the recovery orientated drug and alcohol service across Devon, about giving more support to these individuals.

RISE were in agreement and officers then set about trying to obtain funding for a 12 month pilot project whereby an additional service to that already provided by RISE in Axminster would be available one day a week for a year.

 PC Simon Aldred of the Neighbourhood Team said:

I am pleased to say that we put out requests for money and within a couple of weeks we had achieved what we needed to enable us to fund the project. It was obviously thought to be very worthwhile. My thanks to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and to the Safer Devon Partnership for supplying most of the money, but also to Councillor Andrew Moulding for a contribution from his Locality Budget.

 Axminster Town and East Devon District Councillor Ian Hall said:

 As local councillors we try to consider the welfare of all our residents and we support many projects that help us try to achieve this. This project will enable strong roots to be put down and enable communities to become stronger from within. This is a proactive approach that will have health and well being benefits for a number of individuals and the community at large.