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£2.4m Government Funding Boost for CrossReach

                                                                                                                        Tuesday February 28 2023

A £2.4m Scottish Government funding boost for a CrossReach residential and rehabilitation centre in Inverness has been welcomed by the charity.

CrossReach, part of the Church of Scotland’s Social Care Council, said the money would allow expansion of residential rehabilitation capacity within the grounds of Beechwood House and increase annual service provision capacity by 46 per cent, offering wider support to the Highlands, Moray and the Western and Northern Isles.

The service at Beechwood House has operated since 2002 and building work to expand the project will begin later this year with the enhanced service delivery available from 2024.

Announcing the financial package today (Tuesday February 28), Scottish Drugs Policy Minister Angela Constance said: “I am pleased to announce this funding which will enable CrossReach to expand their existing facility in Inverness, increasing capacity for residential rehabilitation in the Highlands.

“This second round of funding from the Residential Rehabilitation Rapid Capacity Programme will make a huge difference in increasing provision in areas which need it most.”

Welcoming the Scottish Government announcement, Vic Walker, Adult Care Director at CrossReach said: “We are delighted to expand the work of CrossReach in Inverness and grateful for the Scottish Government support to allow greater capacity in our Residential recovery services.

“This investment will help to reduce the time people are waiting to get the support they need. When people come forward for help it is vital that we respond quickly. Residential rehabilitation can make a huge difference for a person struggling with alcohol or drug use, for their families and for communities. Swifter access to services save lives, and people who complete residential rehabilitation often go on to be a positive influence in their communities.”

Viv Dickenson, Chief Executive of CrossReach added: “We know from people who have already been through our services that coming into residential rehabilitation can be the first step on that all-important journey of recovery. This investment will not only save lives, it will give people who have struggled with drug or alcohol use a chance to rebuild their lives and look forward to the future with hope.”

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