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Grant funding helps feed bodies and minds

Date published: 24 May 2023

Read time: 2 minutes

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Seaham charity Free The Way is using a £3,000 grant from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund to provide emergency food parcels to people and families facing addiction issues.

The emergency food parcels are part of Free The Way’s wider effort to tackle service users’ addictions. Other services include weekly recovery programmes, a breakfast club and healthy eating course, as well as supported housing for service users to live in during their recovery journey.

Although based in Seaham, Free The Way is available to people outside of the local area as well. Some service users have travelled from as far as Scotland to access the support.

Alison Goggins, support worker at Free The Way, says: “When you’re battling addictions, getting the right amount of food and nutrition simply isn’t a priority, which can add to the health problems that are often already in play.

“Addressing this issue, whether through these food parcels, our breakfast club sessions or our healthy eating classes, is a core part of helping people find a way past their problems and to get themselves healthier in every way possible.

"We wouldn’t have been able to make this happen without Newcastle Building Society’s support and we’re very grateful to have them on our side.”

Download the press release here.

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