Lottery grant saves alcohol support unit from closure threat

A Sheffield centre that helps people with drink problems has been saved from the threat of closure by a £400,000 lottery grant.

It was feared that Sheffield Alcohol Support Service, which is based in Abbeydale Road, would have to close after 36 years.

An award of £399,285 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme has secured its future for at least another three years.

“It means we can stay open,” said chief executive officer Josie Soutar.

“In the current economic climate it can be really difficult for small local organisations to find the funding to continue working. If we hadn’t got it, we would have had to look at closing by March.”

The money will help pay for four full-time staff, backed by 50 volunteers, to help about 400 people in recovery every year. SASS runs two rehabilitation centres in Nether Edge.

Meanwhile, a Big Lottery Fund grant of £95,417 is going to Woodthorpe Development Trust.