Following decisions to streamline services the charity is relocating its head office to make more use of its recently renovated, state of the art, Susan Kennedy Centre in Ashington now that this building has become fully operational.
The Susan Kennedy Centre was officially opened by Sir John Hall on 17th October 2014 and is a well-established community health and well-being hub that is utilised by a number of partner agencies and community organisations.
ESCAPE will also make more use of its other base in Blyth at Spectrum, Stanley Street which is a stone’s throw from Emily Davison House and the charity continues to provide low cost pre-loved children’s clothing and equipment from its charity shop in the Keel Row Centre.
Founder and chief executive of ESCAPE, Janet Murphy MBE, said: “ESCAPE has provided much needed holistic support and recovery services to families and individuals affected by addiction within Northumberland for over twenty years.
“During that time the organisation has been recognised nationally, regionally and locally for the sterling work of our staff team.
“Like many other small to medium sized charities, the last few years of austerity have resulted in a need to consolidate and ensure sustainability of our invaluable support services ongoing.
ESCAPE continues to provide the full range of services that it always has and is currently developing new projects with local partners to further support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
ESCAPE focus on delivering interventions and activities that promote recovery from addiction and improve both mental and physical well-being. It also provides educational services such as nutrition and health advice; finance, budgeting, housing and employment support. Anyone who is struggling and in need of support can contact the charity on its 24/7 Helpline: 07702833944.