By Jennifer Stevenson
The community response to the threat of closure to Kwads – which looked possible at the beginning of summer – has been overwhelming.
Past and present clients of Knowle West’s support service for families of drug and alcohol users have been contributing to a fighting fund. By the beginning of September donations totalled £1,426.
Senior Support Worker Darren McEvoy says: “”We’ve always been aware how much our clients value our services. The fact that they’ve given us £10 or £20, or sometimes as much as £250, is a fantastic demonstration of how important they feel Kwads has been to them.”
At the same time charitable trusts and other supporters have committed substantial sums – more than £20,000 in the first instance.
And the leaders of Kwads are looking at strategic partnerships with other organisations which could help secure the future of the kind of personal, long-term support that Kwads can offer.
If you need support from Kwads, or if you can help the organisation in any way, contact 0117 953 3870, or kwads.org.uk.