Drug and alcohol services will receive £1.19m government investment

North Ayrshire is to receive nearly £1.2million to support people in the area affected by drugs and alcohol.

The money is the region’s share of £25million from the Scottish Government’s Children and Families Fund and the National Betterment Fund and includes cash that will be earmarked for earlier intervention and better family support.

A total of 77 initiatives across Scotland will receive a share of the money over the next five years.

A total of 77 initiatives across Scotland will benefit from £25million over the next five years. The Child and Family Fund and the Enhancement Fund were created to provide direct financial support to frontline services and third sector organizations. SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said: ‘I am delighted that local services in North Ayrshire are benefiting from an additional £1,197,742 from the National Betterment Fund and the Children and Family Fund which the SNP Scottish Government has set up Last year.

“This funding will allow services to increase and improve support for people affected by drug and alcohol use, including their families.

“A whole family approach is needed to ensure that more people can access treatment and recovery, which is right for them, at an earlier stage. It’s also important to support full family members, because for every person struggling with drugs or alcohol, there are an average of 11 other people affected.

“This additional investment will help local services in North Ayrshire to work together and respond to issues earlier, to prevent children, young people and their families from reaching the point of crisis.”