Welcome return for drugs charity
by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2013-01-10
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Drugsline, the charity that provided support to those affected by drug addiction within the Jewish community, which closed last year looks set to come back under the auspices of Jewish famoily charity Norwood.
Last month Norwood bought the name Drugsline following the Ilford-based charity going into liquidation in September 2012.
According to the Jewish Chronicle, former Drugsline executive director and founder Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin and Elaine Kerr, chief executive of Norwood have held talks about how Drugsline would reopen.
"We’re confident we can bring something back,” Kerr said. "Norwood was concerned about the closure of Drugsline, primarily because we are the largest provider of support to vulnerable children and families in the community, and we understand and see the destructive impact of substance misuse in families."
Prior to closing, Drugsline maintained at high profile and enlisted the support of celebrities including Myleene Klass and Prince Edward to raise its profile but a major drop in funding from local and national government finance caused the charity to go into liquidation.
"Finance could no longer be secured to maintain this very high level of service," Rabbi Sufrin said in email to supporters of the charity in September.