Jonathan Ashworth MP visits George Street Social
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, visited our recovery café, George Street Social, on Friday 10th May to meet customers and find out more about the work on offer.
Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary has been a staunch campaigner on alcohol-related issues and has spoken publicly about his personal experience of being a child of an alcoholic. He has also campaigned extensively against cuts to addiction, drug and alcohol treatment services. Jon is also a passionate advocate and fundraiser for the charity NaCOA, which provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking and in April 2019 he completed his third London Marathon to raise money for the charity.
Speaking at George Street Social, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“This pioneering project and the people behind it have really impressed me. George Street Social provides a lifeline to people struggling with addiction, giving them a chance to socialise and feel normal again, while also getting access to the support they need to help them on the road to recovery.”
“Labour would rebuild drug and alcohol services starting with ending cuts, ensuring families and children affected by addiction are fully supported and investing in Alcohol Care Teams in hospitals.”
Peter Mitchell, Chair of the Road to Recovery Trust, which runs George Street Social, said:
“We’re really pleased that Jonathan has chosen to visit us today because of his keen interest in addiction and recovery.
“We’re very much focused on providing a community-focused solution at George Street Social. It’s grown from the sparks of an idea into a thriving hub of fellowship, recovery and social interaction. It is there for anyone seeking a way out of the dark tunnel that is addiction.”