West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris saw the ‘incredible work’ a Bath-based charity does on a daily basis as he officially launched the new treatment centre for charity Developing Health and Independence.
Founded in 1996 by now Chief Executive Rosie Phillips, DHI is a charity which offers a range of services; from giving confidential advice and support to adults suffering from an alcohol or substance abuse problem, to providing housing for socially excluded people. They also provide support for the families whose loved ones may have developed an alcohol or drug problem.
DHI launched an appeal to raise £180,000 to refurbish the building on St James’s Parade in Bath, and to purchase lifesaving equipment including a liver scanner which will offer non-invasive detection of liver damage.
The Metro Mayor met Chief Executive Rosie Phillips and staff, as well as seeing the services that DHI provide.
Dan Norris said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to open this new treatment centre by the team at DHI. For a quarter of a century they’ve been on the front line helping people who have developed alcohol or drug problems. They’ve helped socially excluded young people – and crucially they’ve also helped find people find somewhere to call home. This new treatment centre will help them expand the range of services they offer.”