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Project information

Drug and Alcohol Support Worker

To engage a specialist worker to support women with drug and alcohol issues who are living in temporary refuge because of domestic abuse.

April 2016 - March 2018

Charity information: Fortalice Ltd

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  • Need


    30% of women using our accommodation service have additional problems arising from drug or alcohol abuse. These women need a much higher level of support to address their drug and alcohol problems before they can even start to address the issues around domestic abuse. Experience has shown that the success rate for women breaking free from violent relationships is much lower if substance misuse is also a factor and the risk of losing their children is much higher where the 2 issues are concerned.


    The project will:
    - provide a specialist worker for 14 hours/week
    - provide interventions and support for women who are living in the refuge and have additional needs in relation to alcohol/substance misuse and link with internal/external services to maximise support relative to specific need
    - provide the client with the best possible chance of success in escaping from/returning to an abusive relationship
    - become substance dependency free whilst they have the day to day support of the refuge

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a specialist worker


    » Recruit/assign a suitably qualified member of staff

    What success will look like

    To recuit/assign a suitably qualified member of staff and monitor outcomes.

    Aim 2

    Provide interventions and support for women to address alcohol and substance misuse


    » Link with internal and external services to maximise support relative to specific need

    What success will look like

    Support plans will involve manageable staged recovery targets that will identify progress. This together with other in house services will provide the basis for sustained recovery.

    Aim 3

    Staff development


    » To develop the skills of the staff team to better support the needs of the clients with complex needs relating to substance/alcohol misuse

    What success will look like

    To link with external agencies with specialist expertise in working with alcohol/substance misuse in order to upskill our staff team in this area.

  • Impact


    For the organisation the long term impact will be:
    - the ability to better support the needs of our clients.
    - improved health and life chances for clients
    - training opportunities to develop internal skills to deal with complex issues in relation to alcohol/substance misuse
    - the ability to demonstrate expertise in dealing with the wider social consequences thus imroving our chances of attracting further funding for the future.


    The main risk is that the client will seek to leave the refuge before the support plan is complete.
    This risk is dealt with by identifying manageable staged recovery targets that will identify improvements and achievements, which together with 24 hour on site staff cover, will provide a stable supportive environment for a sustained recovery.


    - We will monitor the number of women accessing this support, their progress during their stay and outcome on leaving.
    - Make contact 3 months after leaving for an update on progress.
    - Through feedback from clients.
    - Through feedback from partner agencies providing collaborative support.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,064

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,339 Staff costs Salaries incl NI and Pension
      £3,151 Supervision, trainin & develop Specialist staff care and training of internal staff
      £1,574 Overheads Facilities, insurance, IT etc
  • Background


    The refuge is located in a suburb of Bolton, Greater Manchester.
    The majority of clients come from Bolton and surrounding areas and some further afield.
    Bolton is the 50th most deprived out of 354 districts in England and more than a third of Bolton's residents live in disadvantaged areas. (Source: Bolton: Our Vision 2007-17 Indices of Deprivation, ODPM 2004).
    The refuge is considered to be a flagship project within the North West.


    Women and children staying in temporary refuge accommodation because of domestic abuse.
    We have managed the refuge for the past 38 years, now providing temporary accommodation for 22 women and their children offering a safe place to live whilst being supported through the process of regaining self confidence and the ability to reestablish themselves independently.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The organisation is widely recognised within the borough as the driving force behind services responding to domestic abuse and has a reputation for providing a high quality service for women, children and young people.
    This work has been funded for the past 3 years by the P Getty Jnr Foundation and has demonstrated success and positive outcomes for clients.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Drug And Alcohol Worker

    To take the lead in the delivery of specialist support of clients and development of staff in this area of expertise.