Rehabilitation charity seeks new premises in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:04 14 October 2012

A CHARITY that offers counselling to drug addicts has applied for permission to open a centre in WGC.

Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI), who already have a branch at St Martin’s House in Hatfield , are seeking to move into unit six in Garden Court.

Around 1,800 people use the CRI service, which has offices all over Hertfordshire and supports individuals, families and communities to make positive changes in their lives.

The new site CRI is looking to offer one to one mentoring, motivational support, and host an onsite administration space.

Dave Black of CRI, said: “We have found that, even thought one of our main hubs is in Hatfield, people from Welwyn are very reluctant to travel there.

“What we need is a local base.”

Mr Black admitted that previously when opening new satellite centres there had be some controversy from residents, but he has said that their will be a very strict policy enforcement in place.

Any clients who congregate around the building will not be tolerated and if CRI staff believe an individuals behaviour inappropriate then they will be asked to leave the group.

The proposed centre will be open from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm on Saturdays and evening sessions could be held for people who work during the day if there was a need for them.

To view the application visit welhat.gov.uk, the application number is N6/2012/1798/FP.

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