Drug and alcohol support boost

THE future of two local drug and alcohol charities has been secured following the re-running of a grants application process.

Clued Up and Drug and Alcohol Project Ltd. (DAPL) were both successful in gaining funding from the Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP).

The funding process had been shrouded in controversy last year after it was feared Fife-based charities were to lose out on funding in favour of national organisations.

But the decision was taken in August to re-run the grants process to allow local groups to work together on alternative funding proposals.

Members of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership heard the outcome of the process and approved the funding recommendations put forward by the ADP.

Among the successful recipients, set to receive funding for the next three years were Clued Up, based in Kirkcaldy’s Coal Wynd, and DAPL, which although based in Leven has a branch in Kirkcaldy.

Clued Up will receive £77,150 each year for the next three years to provide a vulnerable young people’s outreach service, while DAPL will receive £295,000 each year to provide a counselling therapy element to the substance misuse recovery service.

Other successful groups included FIRST, Frontline Fife, Next Steps, Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) and the West Fife Community Drug Team.