Allerdale GDF Community Partnership

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Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS)

CADAS were awarded £176,533 for ‘A Healthier Allerdale’ project which will provide focused support to the local community on a variety of issues relating to mental health and unhealthy addictive behaviours (such as smoking, drinking, drug use and gambling).

The project will involve targeted marketing campaigns to educate, inform and raise awareness of the issues of dependency and addiction, which would include challenging the stigma that surrounds addictions. It will also increase capacity to deliver support which would be accessible both in local community spaces and digitally.

Support services will include bespoke, one to one, individualised behavioural change coaching to enable people to manage behaviours to a level that reduces harm and subsequent risks.

A regular peer support group will also be established in Maryport.


“The funding from Allerdale GDF Community Partnership will make a real difference to people affected by their own or someone else’s harmful addictive behaviours with the appointment of a local recovery coach and support volunteers which enables us to set up an additional peer support group in Maryport as well as offer more recovery and behavioural change coaching.

“Local young people will be supported with enhanced drug, alcohol, vaping and gambling education and families with children impacted by parental drug or alcohol use will receive extensive support from the CADAS team.“

– Leigh Williams, CADAS CEO