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Prime Minister’s award for Mansfield charity

Posted onPosted on 17th Mar
Prime Minister’s award for Mansfield charity

Mansfield-based charity Hetty’s has been recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron with a Big Society Award.
Hetty’s, based on Woodhouse Road, provides emotional and practical support to thousands of families affected by drug or alcohol misuse.

The group was set up in 1996 by a group of mothers affected by a loved one’s drug misuse. Through their determination to support others in situations similar to themselves, Hetty’s has grown into a unique organisation now run by more than 30 volunteers and nine staff.

The team is in contact with up to 300 people each month through a confidential freephone support line, face-to-face sessions within a family’s home, peer support groups and educational workshops as well as a text service for families who may find it difficult to talk about their situation.

Hetty’s unique Kinship Care programme provides emotional and financial support for extended family carers of children who have to live away from the parental home.

Families are assigned a worker who offers support at a time when the extended family might feel they have no one to turn to.

The awards were created to recognise and celebrate groups and organisations doing exceptional work in the community.
Mr Cameron said: “This remarkable group of parents are providing support and friendship to families going through incredibly challenging times.

“I want to congratulate everyone involved in Hetty’s. They are thoroughly deserving of the Big Society Award.”

The charity’s Debbie Knowles said: “On behalf of Hetty’s, the thousands of families we have supported over the years and above all, the drive, passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers, it is a privilege and honour to accept such a national award. Thank you.”