Monday, January 12, 2015

News: Carnson House acquired


Carnson House in Rotherham town centre has been acquired by the Lifeline Project, a national alcohol and drug charity, for a new centre to support people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The charity joined with Rotherham Council and successfully secured funding from Public Health England to buy and refit local premises as a central Recovery Hub in the town. Rotherham received the single largest grant award in England from PHE England - £875,000.

The freehold of the former offices on Moorgate Road went up for auction last June with Mark Jenkinson & Son and Fernie Greaves and was given a guide price of £150,000. With four floors totalling 5,105 sq ft of space, the property was sold after the auction.

Earlier in 2014, Rotherham Council disposed of nearby 4-6 Moorgate Road, the 2,900 sq ft offices formerly home to the the Youth Offending Services team. It sold at auction for £175,000.

Lifeline, which currently delivers alcohol interventions and a peer mentoring service in Rotherham, has also committed further financial support from their reserves to support the development of the Recovery Hub.

Tanya Simmons, strategic operations manager of the Lifeline Project in Rotherham said: "The grant from Public Health England has enabled us to purchase Carnson House, which will be transformed into an exciting recovery space in the centre of Rotherham over the coming months."

Due to be fully operational by mid-July, activities at the centre will include structured group work; life skills such as budget management, cooking and IT skills; rehearsal opportunities and the introduction to education, training and employment options and practical advice around housing and welfare reform.

In addition, it will also provide an opportunity for the development of activities with service users, volunteers and peers as well as professionals, to help meet local people's needs.

The Recovery Hub will provide a new central base for Lifeline Rotherham's Alcohol and Peer Mentoring services as well as Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health Foundation Trust’s (RDASH) Recovery Services.

Lifeline Project website

Images: Mark Jenkinson & Son


Mr me January 12, 2015 at 2:04 PM  

Wonderful another reason to avoid Rotherham town centre!

Anonymous,  February 2, 2015 at 3:50 PM  

waste of money keep the old one

keep the old group as they are breakfast group will just bring scrougers and who is going to turn up at the groups with the dole staff etc if you want help with jobsearch etc go to the right places and change the groups to something dfferent to help with there addiction .

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