A SMART group to help people recovering from substance misuse in the Diss area is to start in the new year after two large donations to The Matthew Project.
In a presentation on Tuesday at the Park Hotel in Diss, the charity was awarded cheques for £1080 and £500, from Jackie Talbot and the Diss Rotary Club respectively.
Mrs Talbot, who lost her son Michael in 2009 to a heroin overdose, made the donation in his memory.
The group, which will begin in January and provided by The Matthew Project, will aid those who have had formal treatment from the Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP).
Sharon Hulbert, media and fundraising manager at the Matthew Project, said: “The donations are absolutely crucial because it helps us start the whole thing.
“We would not have been able to do it without the funding.
“There has been a service from NRP but this is adding to that service.
“I think this is something which will enable people to move on.
“If that makes it better in Diss, not just for the users themselves but their families and the community, then that has to be a good thing.”
The group will meet at the United Reformed church in Diss at 2pm on Tuesday afternoons starting on 7th January 2014.
To find out more, please contact Naomi Bales on 07733296526, email email@example.com or to learn more about SMART groups visit www.smartrecovery.org.uk.
For more information on the Matthew Project, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary next year and holding a number of events including a tandem parachute jump on May 17 in Beccles, visit www.matthewproject.org.