Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Grant hope for Isle of Man drug charity

The short-term future of an Isle of Man drug service has been secured after it received a grant of more than £30,000.

The Drug Advice Support & Helpline (DASH) had been affected by a series of social care cuts.

In March the government announced it was to withdraw more than £100,000 of funding after activity levels were "lower than anticipated".

The charity said it had a proven track record of success with about 70% of users leaving the service drug-free.

DASH service provider Shelly Stanley said: "It has been a difficult time for us but this money will keep us going until we can find alternative funding.

"The grant comes from a seized asset fund and will cover us for the rest of the year giving us a breathing space to continue our fund-raising efforts."

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