Welwyn Hatfield drug and alcohol rehabilitation service celebrates 10th anniversary
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Welwyn Hatfield’s longest serving drug and alcohol treatment service has celebrated a decade of helping people this week.
Staff from Resolve, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity, based in Welwyn Garden City gathered yesterday to celebrate the occasion.
In 2008 on April 7, Resolve delivered its first ever support group, renting a room in the Woodhall Community Centre with just a £500 start-up grant from the Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
It started as a small voluntary community group supporting people with drug and alcohol issues and is now the longest continuously running drug and alcohol treatment service in the borough.
The charity offers Day Treatment Service with groups, counsellors and acupuncture treatments, Family/Carers Support Group, information, advice and advocacy services for benefits, housing, employment, access to training and volunteering and much more.
The Resolve Hatfield Outreach Team help people with addictions, specialising in Street Homelessness Services in a bid to get people off the streets, reduce local crime and antisocial behaviour, from their centre at Queensway House.
Over the past decade Resolve has been supported by funding from The Big Lottery, Lloyds Foundation, Hertfordshire Community Foundation and Paradigm Foundation.
It has also received small grants from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hatfield Town Council and numerous local and county councillors.
Since September 2017 Resolve has been working with the borough council housing team in tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in the borough.
Founder and CEO of Resolve Joe Heeney said: “We have been working with people who are often found drinking in public spaces to get them off the streets for over four years now, so it just made so much sense that we join forces with the council.”
The charity’s work has recently received a significant funding boost from the developers of the former Shredded Wheat site in Welwyn Garden City.
Mr Heeney added: “Resolve has so much to be celebrating this year we can hardly believe it ourselves.
“With our 10th anniversary, our new centre in Hitchin recently funded by Big Lottery, support coming from incredible partners, Tesco, Ocado and The Wheat Quarter, there is so much going on.”
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