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