Last night Phoenix Futures launched the Griffith Edwards Fund at an event at the House of Lords in Westminster. The charitable fund has been introduced to make it easier for people with the most complex needs to access residential rehabilitation.
Named after the late Professor Griffith Edwards, the founder of Phoenix Futures and a leading authority in the field of addiction, the fund will provide support towards the cost of rehabilitative treatment and offer direct access to accommodation for men and women who may be facing homelessness, mental health issues, domestic violence and sexual exploitation alongside problematic drug and alcohol use.
Phoenix Futures staff, ex-service users, colleagues and relatives of Professor Edwards, addiction experts and partner charities attended the event, together with special guests, Baroness Masham, Phoenix Futures’ Patron and Baroness D’Souza, Lord Speaker of the House of Lords. Baroness D’Souza spoke about the importance of the work Phoenix carries out, giving a personal account of how addiction has touched her life.
Former residents of Phoenix Future Services gave moving personal statements detailing their experience of residential rehabilitation and how the experience had transform their lives, emphasising the need for such a fund.
Stuart Plant, Phoenix’s Service User Involvement Manager and speaker at the event summed up the evening by saying:
“I felt that the evening was a huge success, being able to share my experiences and achievements at the launch of such a fantastic innovation was a proud moment for me. I sincerely hope that we can now push forward and raise funds to enable more people to access Phoenix residential services”
If you would like more information on The Griffith Edwards Fund please visit http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/griffith-edwards-fund