A rehab facility called Chandos House located in Redland, Bristol which caters to men who have alcohol and drug addiction is about to shut down because of issues with funding. This is the only remaining drug and alcohol dependency rehab center which operates as a residential facility. According to James Dickinson, the executive director of the place, they might shut down in a number of weeks unless they will be able to come up with £100,000.
In the last year, the center’s operational fund has been cut into half and the staffs have also been reduced to half its original number. The money they are getting from the government, both local and central, are no longer enough to keep it running. In defense, the Bristol City Council said that demand dictates how much fund is going to be sent and this is why the amount is never the same as it either goes up or down.
It was 35 years ago when the facility was established and one of the founders is Mr. Dickinson. He said that the demand from patients who need its services is much higher compared to when it first stared. The problem is that the funding has been reduced therefore they have no choice but to remove 50 per cent of their staff from their payroll.
With the matter of closure at hand, he decided to start a fundraising campaign in order to gather the £100,000 they will need. A fundraising day was held last week with the help of Will Self, a novelist. Dickinson said that they wanted to raise the money in the shortest time possible in order for them to continue operating and provide the necessary support needed by the patients. The money will be utilized while they are finding other ways to get more income and to search for partners as they wanted to remain open for those in need for the next 35 years.
According to volunteers and patients of the drug and alcohol dependency rehab, it would be devastating if the residential center is to shut down because many lives would be at risk.