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Government minister visits Graham House hostel

15 November 2016


Graham House minister visit
Graham House resident Esayas (left) with Sarah Newton at Graham House

Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism Sarah Newton visited a Thames Reach hostel in Vauxhall earlier this month to meet staff and the former rough sleepers who are now resident there.


The aim of the visit to the Graham House hostel was for the Minister to see the work of Thames Reach first-hand.


The visit provided her with an opportunity to gain an insight into the treatment system and the broader challenges around recovery and reintegration for people struggling with drug and alcohol problems.


Sarah Newton said: “I was inspired to meet so many people, both staff and service users, who clearly felt passionate about what they do and all that they can achieve in Graham House.


“It was a great opportunity to see the excellent work being undertaken by Thames Reach and local partners to address the complex challenges associated with drug and alcohol problems, and to hear so many inspirational stories about how those services have transformed lives.


The Government is taking action to prevent the harms caused by drug and alcohol misuse – from educating young people about the risks to helping dependent individuals through treatment, and we are currently developing a new Drug Strategy, working across Government and with key partners, to identify what further steps we can take to tackle this issue. “


Jeremy Swain, Thames Reach Chief Executive, said: “It was fantastic having the Minister visit our hostel in Vauxhall to meet people who were formerly sleeping rough, but are now receiving the support that will help them get their lives back on track.


“We really appreciated the time the Minister spent talking with our residents about their experiences and aspirations, hopes and dreams.”