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Essex addiction project gets a royal visit

8 February 2018

A new Essex County Council drug and alcohol project was officially launched this week following a royal visit yesterday (Wednesday 7 February).

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge visited charity Action on Addiction’s new addiction treatment centre in Wickford to launch a new programme which Essex County Council commissioned and co-designed called ‘Clouds in the Community’.  

Clouds in the Community is the starting point for long term recovery and abstinence, and leads to improvements in participants’ physical and psychological health, self-efficacy and overall quality of life. 

This new programme will support Action on Addiction’s mission to make its life-saving work available to more people in more places. It’s also based on the charity’s work at its highly-renowned treatment centre, Clouds House, which first opened its doors 35 years ago. The strategy also draws on remarkable outcomes achieved at its SHARP (Self-Help Addiction Recovery) programme in Essex, which was first piloted by Action on Addiction and Essex County Council from 2013 to 2016.
As part of the visit, The Duchess officially opened the new Wickford Centre, and took part in a round-table discussion  which was led by Head of Wellbeing and Public Health at Essex County Council, Ben Hughes. Also present was Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge.

Cabinet member for Health & Adult Social Care, Cllr John Spence said: “ We are delighted to have welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to Essex to launch a new Essex County Council commissioned project, which looks to support those suffering with addiction. We are very proud to have been involved in such a great programme that will make a difference and transform lives. I wish the charity every success with this new project going forward.”

The Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr John Aldridge who was present during the visit said: “It was an honour to meet HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and for her to be shown the fantastic work being done in our County to help turn around the lives of those suffering addiction.. A visit of this magnitude really raises awareness of the issues that those suffering addiction face, and the local support services that really make a difference. It has also been an opportunity to break the stigma that is associated with addiction by getting people talking about the issue.”

To find out more about Clouds in the Community please take a look here.