RAPt awarded new contract to deliver community drug and alcohol services in East Kent

RAPt is thrilled to announce it has won a new contract to deliver community substance misuse services in East Kent, in partnership with charities Nacro and ReThink. 

The service will provide comprehensive substance misuse services for anyone in East Kent and will include clinical and psychological support; mental health advice; and assistance with employment, housing, education and benefits.

RAPt, alongside its partners Nacro and ReThink, will begin delivering the service from 1st May 2017, and will also be consulting with key stakeholders, clients and their families on the future design of the service, to ensure it provides the best possible substance misuse support for the local community.  

Mike Trace, RAPt CEO, said: “I am absolutely delighted that RAPt, in partnership with Rethink and Nacro, have been awarded this contract. RAPt are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work with the local community in the coming months, to ensure local people have the best possible support.”

David Watson, Director of Justice & Health at Nacro said: “Nacro is delighted to be a member of this new and dynamic partnership. We are committed to helping people within East Kent that are experiencing drug and alcohol issues, reduce the damaging effects that can not only impact the lives of individuals, but their families and the wider community.  By placing a team around individuals and their families we will help and support them to live happier, healthier, and more positive lives.”

Heidi Stewart, Director Enterprise & Innovation at ReThink said: “We are delighted to be working with RAPt on the future design of the service. Our partnership will ensure that people in East Kent have a direct input in the shape of a service that will have a positive impact on many lives.”

A Kent County Council (KCC) spokesperson said: “KCC is pleased to be awarding this new contract for the East Kent Drug and Alcohol Service to RAPt, who will take over the service from Turning Point on 1st May 2017.  This is an essential service that will help provide support to residents in East Kent who are struggling with drug and alcohol misuse.  We look forward to working with RAPt, Nacro and ReThink to continue to improve services across East Kent.”