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Norfolk charity to provide drug support services 

MPCharityBall450The Matthew Project has received a double boost with news that from October it will be providing two new support services around substance misuse to young people in Norfolk and it has just held a successful charity ball in Norwich.

Following on from a previous successful tender to provide adult drug and alcohol services as part of Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), The Matthew Project has announced that it has been successful in a recent tender process for two services, providing support to young people around substance misuse.
The first service will offer targeted and specialist substance misuse interventions to young people in Norfolk and will be delivered in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Norfolk Children’s Services.
The second service is an integrated service aimed at reducing and managing the impact of the substance misuse of others on children and young people, to be delivered in partnership with Norfolk Carers Support.
The contract wins will create new opportunities for the charity’s staff whilst safeguarding 24 existing roles within The Matthew Project, with a possible extra three jobs created.
Graeme Stewart, Deputy CEO of the charity said: “The Matthew Project has provided support for young people using substances for 30 years in Norfolk and these contracts will enable us to further develop the excellent services we already provide to young people over the next three and a half years and beyond. We are delighted and looking forward to working with partner agencies to deliver much needed support to young people and their families.”
Meanwhile, a 1930s themed charity ball, held at Sprowston Manor Hotel near Norwich on June 14 has raised over £2,700 for the Matthew Project.
Sharon Hulbert, media and fundraising manager, said: “People were so generous both in items they donated to the auction and what they spent on the night. Everyone had a great time and we’d really like to thank people for coming along despite the fact that it clashed with England’s World Cup match against Italy.”
Patron, the Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, said: “It was a brilliantly organised evening with many touches of the 1930s and lots of glamour. It was a great celebration of 30 years of the Matthew Project’s service to the people of Norfolk, and now more widely, and an enjoyable way of raising further finds for them.”
For information on services provided, visit www.matthewproject.org
Pictured are guests at the Matthew Project Charity Ball.

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