Sunderland wellbeing group receives vital cash donation

Members of FUSHIA, which has just been awarded �500 in funding, enjoying a day out at Beamish Museum.
Members of FUSHIA, which has just been awarded �500 in funding, enjoying a day out at Beamish Museum.
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A Sunderland wellbeing group has been awarded £500 by a company in support of its work in the community.

FUSHIA, based at Bridge House in the city, was founded through the personal experience of the caring for a chronic heroin addict.

The group supports carers and family members affected by a loved one’s substance misuse.

The project provides art and craft sessions for elderly parents caring for grown up children, some of whom will have returned to the family home after a relationship breakdown brought about through their addiction.

Karyn Jackson, general manager and founder, has had personal experience with the effects of substance abuse on her family.

She said: “In our experience the elderly are exceptionally vulnerable because they find it difficult to grasp the dynamics of addiction, feel shame and/or are overprotective and therefore more easily bullied and manipulated.

“We have evidence of elderly carers going hungry and others spending savings to pay a loved ones’ debts, resulting in depression, anxiety, isolation and poor health. We aim is to prevent this.”

On receiving the £500 Community Support Scheme from Nation-wide utilities company, kinex, Karyn added: “We’re beyond happy and thankful to receive this award contribution, it will give our carers much-needed respite from the daily struggles they face.

“It will go a long way in providing the resources for our craft classes which our carers love so much.”

Any community group or organisation who could benefit from the scheme should email communitysupport@kinex.co.uk