Turning Point’s Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service welcomes local Mayor and Member of Parliament

News item posted: 19 June 2017

On Friday 10th February, Turning Point members of staff were proud to welcome two local representatives to the Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service, using the opportunity to demonstrate the support available to local people.

Cllr Terry Gibson, Mayor of Chippenham, and Michelle Donelan, MP for Chippenham, each valued the opportunity to learn about the service through talking to members of staff. The Mayor also attended group sessions to experience some of the support offered first-hand.

Following the visit, Cllr Gibson said: ‘Having worked in the substance misuse sector in the 1980s with The Amber Foundation, I was fascinated to see the ways in which support is provided today. I was particularly interested by how Turning Point is working with other agencies in the area such as Combat Stress, the charity supporting veterans, as well as the Nelson Trust, Learn Direct, Working Links, Wiltshire Council and the local police.

‘I am keen to keep in contact with Turning Point and will not hesitate to spread the word about the great work they are doing!’

Michelle Donelan MP said: ‘Drug and alcohol addiction can wreck lives, destroy families and impact on communities. The disease of addiction doesn’t discriminate. It does not know if you’re white, or black, male or female, rich or poor or where you live. Addiction can happen to anyone. Services like those provided by Turning Point’s Wiltshire Substance Misuse Centre are vital in combatting the complex issues that surround addiction and I am determined to make sure my constituents are aware of the support that is there for them.’

To find out more about Turning Point’s Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service, visit: /wiltshire-substance-misuse-service-(wsms).aspx.