Free the Way was started by a group of concerned parents and carers who felt that they could not get the help they needed to deal with alcohol and substance misuse here in East Durham. It is staffed by some of those same people who have since undergone extensive training in order to offer a professional service to those who need help.
Free the Way is made up of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers. Members include the District Councillor and members of the local police and anyone who feels they can make a valid contribution to the organisation. There are members who enjoy long term sobriety and clean time. We continue to co-opt other members.
Free the Way Trustees, Staff and volunteers have undergone training in order to offer a more professional service in a wide range of topics based on social care principles.
Since its opening Free the Way has gone from strength to strength and is a shining example of what can be achieved when local people enable and empower others to become active within their communities, achieve abstinence from drugs and alcohol and campaign against social exclusion.
Our team is co-ordinated by Sandra Goggins and her team of three full time workers and two part time workers, a part-time (sessional) Counsellor and our wonderful volunteer workforce.