Addiction group launch art exhibition at Sunderland library

Art work from the drug and alcohol support group FUSHIA Sunderland (Friends United Support Help In Addiction) now on display at Sunderland Library. Pictured l-r are art tutor Fiona Hardy, Louise Wilkinson family support worker, Judith Khan Service user of NECA, Karen Jackson general manager FUSHIA.

Art work from the drug and alcohol support group FUSHIA Sunderland (Friends United Support Help In Addiction) now on display at Sunderland Library. Pictured l-r are art tutor Fiona Hardy, Louise Wilkinson family support worker, Judith Khan Service user of NECA, Karen Jackson general manager FUSHIA.

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MEMBERS of a drug and alcohol support group have launched an art exhibition at a Wearside library.

Families United Help Support Addiction (Fushia), which aims to provide support, knowledge and respite to families and carers of substance misusers, unveiled the artwork at Sunderland Central Library, in Fawcett Street, earlier this month.

Art work from the drug and alcohol support group FUSHIA Sunderland (Friends United Support Help In Addiction) now on display at Sunderland Library. Pictured l-r are Louise Wilkinson family support worker, Judith Khan Service user of NECA, Karen Jackson general manager FUSHIA and art tutor Fiona Hardy.

Art work from the drug and alcohol support group FUSHIA Sunderland (Friends United Support Help In Addiction) now on display at Sunderland Library. Pictured l-r are Louise Wilkinson family support worker, Judith Khan Service user of NECA, Karen Jackson general manager FUSHIA and art tutor Fiona Hardy.

The work, which will be on show at the venue until Monday, were created by members of the group as part of a pilot project.

Karyn Jackson, general manager Fushia, said: “We are proud to announce that Sunderland was one of 15 successful trust proposals to be selected and invited to be Community Learning Trust pilots across England, representing a diverse range of local delivery models with the potential to develop innovative and more effective ways of working in local areas.

“Partnerships of community learning providers and local organisations will work together to increase local decision-making about learning priorities and develop robust financial strategies that will enable community learning to grow and flourish.

“Maximising the value of public investment and giving local people a real say in decisions about adult learning in their communities.
 “The specific theme is drugs and alcohol, and the artwork displayed includes the logos of local organisations taking part in the pilot.”

Set up in 2008 by the carer of an addict to help the carers and families of drug and alcohol misusers, Fushia helps families who have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse in the city.

As well as one to one support, it runs support groups, seated exercise sessions and holistic treatment. For more information, visit www.fushia.org.uk

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