January 30th, 2012 by Drug and Alcohol Strategy
More offenders will be able to benefit from help and support from the Criminal Justice Alcohol Service (CJAS) from the start of 2012 thanks to new funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands.
The funding from both sources will go towards the salary of, at present, a part-time worker over three years from 2012 to 2014. This means that the service will expand from 18 hours a week to become a full-time service.
The CJAS began in January 2009 and is a partnership between the Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (GADAC) and the Probation Service, funded by the Bailiwick Drug & Alcohol Strategy and now including the new non-States funding.
Its aim is to minimise harm to both the individual and the community as a whole by reducing the amount of alcohol-related crimes.
Andrea Nightingale, the Drug & Alcohol Strategy Coordinator is grateful for the support.
“We are delighted that Lloyds TSB Foundation has decided to match the generous donation from Guy and Terra Firma.”
“They have been very supportive of the Strategy in the past and I welcome their commitment once more to establish a much needed full time service in this area of work. What this means is that we can go from working with seven or eight people per week to almost double that number and also allowing drink-drivers to access the Service.”
“This, for me, is the ideal model of a private/public partnership which the Strategy has always tried to include, enabling initiatives to expand and develop when the 5 year Strategy funding has already been allocated,” she said.
The aim of the service is to work with offenders who cause harm to our community due to their alcohol use. The service works with offenders by monitoring their alcohol use, enabling them to obtain treatment, and changing their attitude to alcohol use thus preventing further offending. The sessions mainly take place at the Probation Service offices. The clients are sent to the service either from the Court via Orders supervised by the Probation Service or when offenders are released from prison under post- custodial supervision.
Once the clients have agreed to work with the CJA worker, attendance is compulsory. Most clients say they would not have sought help voluntarily and this is the first time that they are addressing their alcohol use. This change is achieved through teaching anger management, emotional awareness and substance abuse education. This is followed by helping clients to explore their reasons for drinking, alternatives to drinking and understanding the effects their behaviour has had on the victim, their family and friends. The ultimate goal is to get them to change their lifestyle for the better.
John Hutchins, Executive Director for the Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands said “the Criminal Justice Alcohol Service provides a vital service to help break the cycle of re-offending for people with alcohol-related problems and get their lives back on track.”
“The Lloyds TSB Foundation for the Channel Islands exists to provide support to disadvantaged, disabled and disaffected people and the CJAS fits in well with these aims,” he said.
In addition to the other funding Terra Firma has already provided £10,000 in 2011 on a no strings attached basis.
Guy Hands, Chairman of Terra Firma, said he was very pleased that match-funding has been secured. “I am glad to hear that the Criminal Justice Alcohol Service will now be able to go ahead and expand the invaluable work that they do. I would like to congratulate them on securing an additional sponsor and wish them all the best for the future.”