Charity offers Somewhere To Go

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 October 2010

AS part of Alcohol Awareness Week next week, Somewhere To Go is throwing open its doors to anyone who wants to see the work the charity does.

AS part of Alcohol Awareness Week next week, Somewhere To Go is throwing open its doors to anyone who wants to see the work the charity does.

Founded seven years ago in the centre of Weston, Somewhere To Go has become a vitally important place for alcoholics and drug users to go to help them beat their demons.

Its staff, all of whom are volunteers, help those who visit the centre to come to term with their addictions, and members of the public will be able to see what goes on at Wednesday’s event, between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Andy Fouldes, a former drug user himself, is one of the volunteer support workers at the centre.

“This place gets a lot of people. It varies from day to day. I’ve been here one day where there was up to 70 people.”

“We offer a lot of things for the people who come here. We offer breakfast, and a meal, as well as helping people with housing, debt and applying to charities for people who are moving out of the shared accommodation on their own.

Rob Kenna, another former user who is volunteering at the centre, thinks he is proof of the centre’s ability to change people’s lives.

He said: “I had a lot of problems, addictions, and I was causing trouble before I got here. This place has turned me around, and now I’m trying to help people through my own experiences.

“The last twenty five years would have been for nothing if I couldn’t use those memories to help the people here.”

Tim, an alcoholic who visits the centre at least three times a week, says the centre has helped him through tough times.

“If you’ve got a problem, sometimes they seem so enormous, and it seems so hard to sort them out yourself and it’s nice to have people to help you.

“I nearly topped myself off with alcohol, and I think it gives you something to live for, something to hope. It’s almost like a brotherhood.”

Andy says of the centre: “It’s like a bridge: people don’t know how to use it and cross to the other side, and we help and give them support to get over to the other side.”

Rob adds: “A lot of people have got a lot from this place in Weston, and that’s including the volunteers. I just hope they get as much out of this place as I have.”

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