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Holding Families Programme

The award winning Holding Families programme provides whole family support for children and family members affected by parental substance misuse. We work with parents and carers at any stage of their recovery from drugs and alcohol use.

We work with each family member separately and also as a family unit. We will work with families where there is at least one young person under the age of 18 living in the family home or where the substance using parent is pregnant. At least one of the parents should have problematic drug or alcohol use. Families can be referred by themselves or by any professional working with them.

The aim of the programme is to give the whole family the opportunity to talk about any problems caused by drugs and alcohol and to allow the children’s voices to be heard by the family. Ultimately, the programme aims to empower families to make positive decisions on the changes they would like to make to help improve family life.

Annara House, 7-11 Bury Road, Radcliffe, M25 0FQ
Umbrella org:
Early Break
0161 723 3880 (Bury & Rochdale)
Who is it for:
Families affected by substance misuse
How to apply:
Online referral form online or phone the office

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