DAAT teams up with Salvation Army to help keep vulnerable warm this winter

This winter, Hackney Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) is joining forces with the Salvation Army to launch a winter clothes appeal.

The aim of the appeal is to help clients of the DAAT’s drug and alcohol services access warm clothing during this extremely cold period.

The appeal was the idea of Hackney Service User Forum (HSUF) members, all of whom have overcome drug and alcohol abuse with the help and support of the DAAT and local treatment services. The HSUF has become the voice of Hackney DAAT’s clients, and members use their first hand knowledge and experiences to advise the team on increasing and retaining client engagement.

Forum members appreciate the support that clients need to come to terms with their lives, and the additional measures that will provide them with stability. An HSUF member says of the appeal: "When I was homeless and misusing substances, the need for warm affordable clothing was so important to me. Sometimes it could mean the difference between life and death. Your help with this appeal is vital and most appreciated".

Councillor Sophie Linden, Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services at Hackney Council says: “The Council is committed to helping those who misuse drugs or alcohol get the services they need. This clothing appeal aims to help those seeking treatment and support keep warm this winter and continue with their journey to become drug or drink free”.

The Winter Clothes appeal is being run in conjunction with the Mare Street branch of the Salvation Army, based at 70 Mare Street, E8. DAAT service users will be given vouchers and will be able to exchange these for items of donated clothing.

For more information, and for details on how to donate, call the DAAT on 020 8356 2180.