Julia Mulligan visited the North Yorkshire Horizon’s Hub to see the work of volunteers at the project and to talk with a service user group to discover how vulnerable individuals from across the county are helped by the service.
Horizons, which has a base on Castle Road in Scarborough, offers a range of free, confidential and non-judgemental services for individuals and their families whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol and who live in North Yorkshire.
After the visit, the police chief said: “Horizons offers much-needed tailored support that helps people with drug and alcohol problems turn their lives around.
“That not only benefits the person themselves, but also their families and the communities they live in.
“I was very impressed by the extent to which former users of the services are now volunteers and are using their own experiences to help others who are struggling with addiction problems that are badly affecting their lives.”
The service is looking to recruit and train more volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer with North Yorkshire Horizons, visit the website at http://www.nyhorizons.org.uk or call 01723 330730.