Covid-19 addiction and recovery response fund to provide over £330k to frontline charities

This response fund will provide emergency funding to grassroots treatment and recovery voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations delivering vital services at the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic response. The funding comes from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (which covers civil society in its brief) and the Department of Health and Social Care and will be distributed by Collective Voice.

It will be made exclusively available to smaller organisations with turnovers of less than £2m and will fund the additional support necessitated by the crisis – for service users or family members already supported, or for those not yet in treatment. This additional support could consist of, for instance, additional remote one-to-one or group support to those already getting help or ramping up outreach efforts to engage local people who are not yet supported.

Oliver Standing, Collective Voice Director, said:

“I’m delighted that the government has recognised the essential work delivered by civil society organisations and that this fund will support smaller charities and recovery communities at this time of crisis to do what they do best – provide life changing support to people affected by drug and alcohol use.”

Organisations in England will be invited to apply for grants of between five and twenty-five thousand pounds. An application form and further details will be published soon on the Collective Voice website.

We look forward to hearing from you!

8 Responses to Covid-19 addiction and recovery response fund to provide over £330k to frontline charities

  1. Maddie Kitchen 08/06/2020 at 10:53 pm #

    This is wonderful news to hear. As a small unfunded CIC we are actively supporting people in recovery from addiction as volunteers.

  2. Dave Memery 09/06/2020 at 1:03 pm #

    This is great news for small voluntary and community groups. I represent a peer-led mutual aid group supporting current and ex-users of cannabis, spice and legal highs. We are at a crossroads in our development, between community group and formal charity. We need this kind of opportunity and support to progress.

    We are not a threat to existing services, if anything we complement their work and pick up the slack when service users fall through the gaps. The covid-19 crisis and austerity has only reinforced our role, it is the size and flexibility of unpaid groups like ours that are needed more than ever but good intentions alone can never be enough. This level of focus is long overdue.

  3. Dave Memery 16/06/2020 at 7:51 pm #

    Thank you

  4. Leigh 23/06/2020 at 10:45 am #

    This is amazing! We set up an addiction helpline in Cumbria recently – and whilst its been great in its own way providing more support, signposting and a listening ear, it has resulted into many many more requests for support than we could ever handle. More dedicated funding to help us support individuals and groups and their families as a VCS sector is really welcome.

  5. RUTH ALLONBY 30/06/2020 at 7:40 am #

    Fabulous news!

  6. Dee Pridmore 03/07/2020 at 2:51 pm #

    Thanks such great news – I am in the process of looking at funding streams for a CIC I have just started that will support families of substance using loved ones. It will be to for online support group set ups, one for parents of substance using teens and one for supporting young people with substance using parents (ACEs). would this be something I could apply for from this funding?

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