L-R it’s Steven Mervish, David Harris (Director of Development at Norwood), Rabbi Sufrin, Chavi Sufrin and Lynsey Robertson.

L-R Steven Mervish, David Harris (Director of Development at Norwood), Rabbi Sufrin, Chavi Sufrin and Lynsey Robertson.

Norwood has announced that Drugsline, the charity set up 22 years ago to provide drug, alcohol and addiction services within the Jewish community, is to become Norwood Drugsline – a permanent part of the family charity’s services.

The original Chabad-supported Drugsline went into voluntary liquidation in 2012.

The Trustee Board’s decision follows the completion of a successful pilot period, which began in May 2013.

Norwood Drugsline will continue to provide a programme of preventative workshops in schools, a drop in service, and will run a series of community awareness events.

The service will form an important part of Norwood’s work with children and families, operating in collaboration with Norwood’s education and family support teams.

These connected support services are tailored to meet the individual needs of young people and their families.

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, founder of Drugsline, said: “I am delighted that Norwood has is moving Drugsline from the pilot scheme into a fully fledged service under the Norwood umbrella.

“This gives Drugsline the stability it needs whilst grabbing the opportunity to develop and grow the service even more. We are facing a growing demand as more young people and their families, from all backgrounds, are affected by the ills associated with alcohol and substance abuse and addiction as a whole.”

Norwood Chair David Ereira said: “Alcohol and substance abuse devastate families. We’re delighted that, through Norwood Drugsline, we will be able to continue to provide vital preventative education in schools and help even more people overcome addiction and move forward with their lives.”