National Lottery funding helps people recovering from substance misuse and mental health problems

“The Space,” a peer led project in Leeds managed and run by the Bridge Project Charity has received £332K from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project has a steering group led by the Space beneficiaries and provides a safe and sober social network alongside health and well-being activities for people leaving treatment.

Chief Executive of the Bridge Project Jon Royle said: “We’re delighted and incredibly grateful to have received this grant. The funding effectively secures the future of The Space for the next three years and will enable us to expand our membership and the scope of activities, including providing people with access to a range of qualifications and accredited courses. Wherever possible the planning and design of the service has been led by the members who use it, who are the real experts on their needs and requirements.”

The Space provides a vital link in supporting people who have recently completed substance misuse and mental health treatment programmes and have chosen to live a sober lifestyle. It helps break the cycle of substance misuse and offending through a combination of peer support and giving people the life skills and resilience to resist relapse and temptation.

James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at Big Lottery Fund, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, The Bridge Project will be able to continue providing much-needed support for people in recovery and people with mental health issues. We’re delighted to be funding such an amazing and important project to expand its work.”

Space beneficiary John said: ”It’s absolutely fabulous that The Space is getting Lottery money, so it can continue helping vulnerable individuals into recovery.”  Another member Barry described the funding as: “Like water in a desert”.


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