Commissioner shows support for charity

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A North Tyneside charity has received financial support from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

The commissioner and Labour shadow justice minister Dan Jarvis saw first hand the work carried out by the staff at PROPS (Positive response to overcoming problems of subnstance misuse).

Ms Baird and Mr Jarvis visited the charity in Linskill Terrace, North Shields, where they handed over a cheque for £2,000 from the commissioner’s community fund.

Ms Baird said: “I’m delighted to be able to support this excellent project as the staff and volunteers are making a real difference and helping families when they need extra support.

“PROPS is able to give families support and advice when they need it and it is clear that the project has many success stories with lots of people who have sought advice from the service returning as volunteers to help others – which is tremendous.”

The commissioner was asked to visit PROPS, which supports families who have relatives who are dependent on alcohol or drugs, by local MPs Alan Campbell and Mary Glindon.

The organisation’s project manager Claire Robinson said: “Hundreds of families and carers have to cope with looking after people who misuse alcohol and drugs.

“Many feel that they are on their own. They’re not. We are here to give them the help and support they so desperately need.

“This funding is a great contribution to the work we do in Newcastle and North Tyneside.”

Demand for the service has seen PROPS expand across Newcastle and to North Tyneside.