Beckenham therapy project receives Care UK grant
PUBLISHED: 12:54 26 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:54 26 November 2014
Two Different Roads, which uses music and dance to help people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, is one of the first groups to receive funding from the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation.
The grant, for £1,800, was presented to project founder Jim Smith by Foundation board member and Care UK’s business development director in community services, Libby Eastley.
The project holds up to 40 sessions in rehab centres across the country each year using stories, song and dance to communicate with and assist people living with an addiction.
Mr Smith works with trained singer and dancer Iga Drzymkowska to deliver the sessions.
He said: “We are very grateful to the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation for the grant.
“It will able to us to buy a better PA system and new instruments, which will add to the sessions.
“Music is a wonderfully powerful and very accessible thing.
“After ten years in recovery, I decided to work with people in a helping way.
“I started a counselling training course, and at the same time I joined Barnardos as a residential social worker and I would take my guitar in to work.
“Over the next 13 years I discovered that music was an amazing way to connect with people, build trust, and act as a catalyst to access emotions.
“My work with adolescents in care was helped tremendously by my use of music.”
Ms Eastley said: “Care UK has an exceptional mental health service dedicated to helping people reclaim their lives and independence.
“The Foundation’s Board was impressed with Jim’s drive and the project’s commitment to helping people find a way forward.
“His use of stories, song and dance is inspirational and make concepts accessible to anyone, whatever their background.
“This is a shining example of what we at the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation are trying to achieve and I am proud to be able to award this grant to Two Different Roads.”
Mr Smith has now been sober for 38 years.
He added: “I love it when I meet someone and they tell me that I came to their rehab and they got hope from my stories and songs, it makes it all worthwhile.
“I love carrying the message in this way; my aim is to reach every treatment centre in the UK and this grant will help us continue on our way.”