Rehab Centre Awarded Maxie Richards Award
One North East, a group that helps the children of alcoholics, has won the prestigious Maxie Richards Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) and hosted by the Centre for Social Justice think-tank, is handed out to a cause which has had success in eliminating poverty within a particular area of the UK.
It is given as a tribute to Maxie Richards, the former headmistress who established a drug rehabilitation centre at her home in Glasgow.
One North East, which was set up in 1990, was chosen from more than 110 community-based projects and will now receive £7,500 from TMG towards its future projects.
Cameron Watt, the spokesman for the Centre for Social Justice, which hosted the awards ceremony, said: “The One North East program stood out because it is really trying to help the families.”
Each year around 250 people come through the six-week, full-time, abstinence-based day program. Since it was set up, thousands of families have benefited from its services.