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Church baks Drug Rehab Project

Submitted by on 7 July, 2021 – 4:32 pm

A project created to support drug addicts Moray is gaining momentum, now that a local church has joined forces with a charity rehabilitation.

John Coppard, a pastor of Riverside Church, Buckie, and his wife Irene, have raised £ 1,000 in an effort to help young people to overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol.

The church volunteers training center to become support workers after the death of popular Mearns engineer Martyn Buckie fishing in December last year. The 34-year-old Archibald Grove, Buckie, had become the center of the church support shortly before his death, but staff were unable to provide practical help. His attempt to quit heroin ended in suicide, and the news of his death shocked the community. To address the problem, church volunteers joined the group of addiction Aberdeenshire Council support-funded, Teen Challenge.

Volunteers are now a free service every Tuesday 10 am-2 pm for anyone who wants to help with addiction. One-on-one sessions are carried out, the meals are served and delivered food parcels. Home visits by volunteers can also be configured.

Representatives of Teen Challenge, which has rehabilitation centers in Fyvie and Mintlaw, driving a bus to the center of Buckie to provide additional support.

Mr Coppard said: “We have three people in rehab for four months, it is not so bad.”

The £ 1,000 raised from donations and Buckie coffee mornings will be devoted to the rehabilitation of the work at the Riverside Church.

Teen Challenge was formed 50 years ago, but Mr Coppard said his work does not just apply to teenagers. The centers accept people aged up to 35 years of age.

Next on the agenda for church project growing Riverside is a family support group to help not only addicts, but their close relatives who may have difficulty coping.

Ms. Coppard has also committed to opening the center on Christmas Day “for anyone on your own.”

A mother, who declined to be identified, donated £ 700 for the center Buckie after losing her son to drugs.

This money will be devoted to Christmas day in the middle to give visitors a warm meal and a gift.

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