Council boost for alcohol treatment centre

An “outstanding” alcohol treatment centre is to be given a £150,000 boost thanks to Liverpool City Council.

Transforming Choice has an above national average success rate for its rehabilitation services but has been limited in its ability to improve facilities.

Now a report to Liverpool City Council’s cabinet (Friday, 15 December) is recommending the Community Interest Company (C.I.C), which has run the treatment centre in Aigburth since 2015, is granted a five year lease on a peppercorn rent.

The arrangement means the monies saved on rent over the five year period, amounting to £150,000, can be also used to leverage additional funding to support the residential based centre.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said: “Transforming Choice literally transform dozens of lives ever year and provides an invaluable service in the city.

“I’m delighted that the council is in a position to support such a brilliant centre with this five year deal. It will give them a solid foundation to further develop its fantastic programme and its facilities.

“As the son of an alcoholic father, I know too well the damage of what this addiction can do to a person’s life, their family and the wider community.

“The more people who are given support as provided by Transforming the Choice the better off society will be.”

Transforming Choice C.I.C. specifically focus on those who have alcohol dependency for which traditional medical management approaches have been unsuccessful.

The centre focuses on those who have been identified as having multiple and complex needs and have a history of consuming a great deal of health and social care resources as well as other public sector resources.

The most recent Care Quality Commission Inspection Report (January 2017) concluded Transforming Choice has ‘Outstanding Practice’

  1. a) 100% of people successfully complete Transforming Choice’s alcohol detox
  2. b) 75% of people successfully complete its 12 week programme (vs. 63% nationally)
  3. c) Transforming Choice supports 56 people per annum, each for a period of nine months

Following Cabinet approval, Liverpool City Council will look to review its commissioning services with the centre.

Carol Hamlett, Manager Director of Transforming Choice CIC, said: “Thanks to the support of Liverpool City Council and Mayor Anderson we can now begin to implement long term plans for the future which will enable the project to provide more services for the most disadvantaged groups in the community.

“Currently we have 21 residents, 20 of which were homeless when they arrived. The team, peer mentors and residents at Transforming Choice can now look forward to a Happy New Year.”