The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded a grant of £123,400 to the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) to support their programme helping former prisoners recovering from drug and alcohol addictions maintain their transformation after being released.
The funding will go towards expanding the service to help all Londoners, by employing a dedicated London support worker who will help people recovering from addictions by ensuring they stay on the recovery pathway and are committed to abstinence.
RAPt, based in Haggerston, was set up 26 years ago to help people with drug and alcohol dependence to overcome the grip of addiction and lead positive lives, free from drugs and crime. It is now the leading provider of intensive drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes in UK prisons and provides services to over 15,000 people each year both within the criminal justice system and the wider community.
The RAPt Recovery Support service helps people who have completed the RAPt intensive substance misuse treatment programme. It addresses the practical things that help someone in recovery from addiction to make a new life away from drugs and crime, such as employment skills, reconnecting with their family, housing and benefits.
David Farnsworth, Director of City Bridge Trust, said:
“This charity has had a remarkable growth over the last 20 years and is now supporting thousands of individuals every year. The work they do is invaluable in helping these people tackle their addictions and start the journey to recovery. Their work doesn’t just stop in prison but also offers support in local communities, ensuring people stay on the path of abstinence. City Bridge Trust is committed to tackling disadvantage across the capital and making London a fairer and better place to live.”
Hannah Fox, Director of External Affairs at RAPt, added:
“We are thrilled to have been awarded such a generous grant by the City Bridge Trust. We know that with the right support anyone can transform their lives away from drugs and crime to become productive, positive members of society. This grant will help us to change the lives of many more people.”
City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.
The Trust has awarded around 7,500 grants totalling over £350 million since it first began in 1995.
It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.
“RAPt changed my life. I did a RAPt programme at HMP Wandsworth and left prison not long after. The Recovery Support team arranged for someone to meet me at the gate on the day I got out to help me get to the rehab I’d got a place in Bournemouth. RAPt were brilliant that day. One of the first people I bumped into when I got out of prison was someone I used to know from my using days, who was begging on the street. I thought – that could so easily have been me when I got out, if I hadn’t got the help I needed. Since then I’ve completed my time at rehab. Once I’d finished treatment, I started volunteering for the rehab centre I went to, to give back, and I’ve now got a job as a support worker at a housing organisation. I’ve made a conscious effort to find work that means I can give back what was given to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today – happy, healthy, with a loving partner and a great job helping others – without the support of everyone who helped me.” Lloyd, RAPt client. (pictured)